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'Green' job training grants from Dept. of Labor: $190 million

The Department of Labor released its third group of "green jobs" training grants in as many weeks this morning, this time announcing a pot of nearly $190 million.

In 2010 alone, the agency has given out one $150-million cluster and another worth nearly $100 million.

This time, the 34 awards range from $2-million bundles to several $6-million grants, including one for the California Employment Development Department, said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis in a conference call.

The State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants, as the parcels are known, are authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and are designed to train workers to join and become accredited in emerging energy-efficiency and renewable-energy industries.

The grants are meant to serve a wide swath of potential "green" workers, including veterans, at-risk youth, high school dropouts, ex-convicts, disabled adults and former auto workers.

The funds designated for California will help dislocated workers, veterans, the unemployed and underemployed, low-income residents, those new to the workforce and people with disabilities or criminal records.

-- Tiffany Hsu

 
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