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Florida Times- Union - FSCJ receives $2.2 million grant for 'green jobs'

A federal 'green jobs' program will give training to 390 people in the Jacksonville area by using a $2.2 million grant announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, said the Pathways Out Of Poverty program will help people in the ranks of the 'hardcore unemployed' who dropped out of high school or have criminal records.

The training could target jobs in fields such as weatherization of buildings, inspecting buildings to recommend improvements for energy efficiency, manufacturing solar equipment, and installation of technology. [1/14/10]

Pittsburgh Tribune Review (Pennsylvania) - $2.7 million granted for 'green' job training

A $2.7 million federal stimulus grant for the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette is targeted for training 250 unemployed people in Fayette County for 'green' jobs in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.

The Fayette grant is intended to build a program to serve unemployed workers, high school dropouts and individuals with a criminal record. Training efforts will lead to an employer-recognized certificate or degree, with the goal of placing 120 people in unsubsidized training-related jobs.

Asked about the availability of training for past criminal offenders with the stimulus funding, Solis and Philadelphia-area Congressman Chaka Fattah said the grants will give them a chance to learn a trade and become productive citizens.

'It is a necessary public policy to try to reintegrate people back into society if they've had a small brush with the law,' Fattah said. [1/14/10]

Grand Rapids Press (Michigan) - $4 million targeted to training inner-city Grand Rapids residents for green jobs

Grand Rapids Community College has landed $4 million in stimulus money to train more than 1,000 inner-city residents for green jobs.

Those jobs -- in energy-efficient building construction, renewable energy and advanced battery manufacturing -- pay between $12 and $28 an hour.

'We are going to train a lot of people for entry level jobs but we are going to build a pathway for them to get two and four-year degrees,' said Julie Parks, director of work force development for GRCC. 'Lifelong learning will be a key component (of this grant.)' [1/13/10]

Denver Post (Colorado) - Grant to Mi Casa funds job training for 500

Mi Casa Resource Center will get a $3.6 million stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for training in green jobs, Gov. Bill Ritter announced Wednesday.

Mi Casa was one of 38 agencies nationwide that got funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's 'Pathways Out of Poverty' program. The two-year grant gives Mi Casa and its partners the means to provide job training to 500 unemployed residents living in Denver's Five Points, Cole, Whittier, Skyland and Clayton neighborhoods. [1/15/10]

The Morning Call (Pennsylvania) - Valley gets $4 million for green jobs

The federal government is backing its talk about green sources of energy with another big chunk of green heading to the Lehigh Valley, namely a $4 million grant.

The money is earmarked for training poor and otherwise disadvantaged young adults to work in so-called green industries that address energy efficiency or renewable forms of energy. The grant was one of only three awarded in Pennsylvania, and it was the largest.

The grant will serve about 200 adults, ages 18 to 24 who are ''unskilled, untrained and unready for the private sector,'' [Nancy] Dischinat [Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board] said. The program will provide hand-holding for the participant -- from assessing their current skills, training and educating them and then helping them land jobs, she said. It will even help with such personal-life obstacles as childcare and transportation. ''It's triage for a very targeted population,'' she said. ''We think we can have a tremendous impact.'' [1/14/10]

KOHD ABC-9 (Oregon) - Recovery Act Jobs

Today Governor Ted Kulongoski announced the preliminary data from the second reporting period for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). Over the past three months the Recovery Act has created and retained more than the equivalent of 8,300 full-time jobs in Oregon.

'Thousands of Oregonians are at work today because of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,' said Governor Kulongoski. 'I am pleased that Oregon is moving quickly to get projects on the ground and people working as well as help those Oregonians hardest hit by this economic recession.' [1/13/10]

Providence Journal (Rhode Island) - R.I. municipalities get federal aid to hire police

Four Rhode Island municipalities and the Narragansett Indian Tribe will be hiring 26 new police officers, thanks to a $6.5-million grant from the federal government.

The funds are part of the economic stimulus plan. The money will pay for three years of salary and benefits for 13 officers in Providence, worth $3.53 million; 6 in Pawtucket for $1.76 million; 4 in Woonsocket at $666,024; 2 in Central Falls for $426,664 and 1 for the Narragansett tribe for $133,989.

About $1 billion was available nationally for the program, half of it targeted at cities with populations of more than 150,000. All the police departments that applied were judged, in part, on their community policing plans. [1/15/10]

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