Indy groups reap $5.8M in workforce training grants

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Two Indianapolis organizations have been awarded a total of nearly $6 million in grants as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s TechHire initiative for producing a better educated workforce.

Announced Monday, one grant for $3.2 million was awarded to the “GOAL! Growing Opportunities in America for Latinos!” program, which will help 400 residents with limited English proficiency gain the skills necessary to work in manufacturing.

The project is being led by AFL-CIO Labor Institute for Training Inc. and includes partnerships with Jobs for the Future and Indiana Adult Education.

Another $2.6 million has been granted to Ivy Tech Community College to fund the “Ivy Tech Hires Program.” The initiative will give 330 disadvantaged youth and young adults training and internships to introduce them to the fields of information technology and advanced manufacturing.

The 16-week training program includes soft skills job readiness boot camp and accelerated technical training.

The awards were announced by the White House as part of $150 million in grants for 39 programs across 25 states. President Obama launched TechHire in March 2015 in an effort to train underserved Americans for well-paying jobs.

Tech jobs pay one-and-a-half times the average wage of a private-sector job. There are currently more than 600,000 open IT jobs across all sectors, according to a White House press release.  

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