SACRAMENTO–Governor Schwarzenegger’s California Recovery Task Force today announced $10.7 million in federal economic stimulus grants that will provide more than 2,100 Californians from a broad cross-section of the state with training in the skills they need to move from the unemployment rolls to the payrolls of a wide variety of industries throughout the state.
“This funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will open the way to new, successful careers for thousands of Californians,” said Herb K. Schultz, Director of the California Recovery Task Force. “Workers across the state will learn the skills that employers need in today’s rapidly changing workforce and prepare workers to help restore California’s economy to world leadership.”
Thirteen agencies throughout California will receive a combined $10.7 million to prepare more than 2,100 people for jobs that employers have designated as in-demand occupations, including network administrators, systems engineers, alternative fuel mechanics, paramedics, pharmacy assistants, home health aides, warehouse specialists and logistics clerks.
The projects will focus on the employment and training needs of low-income, unemployed, dislocated workers or under-skilled adults ages 18 and older who face challenges in regaining employment. The funding, coupled with the collaboration among workforce investment agencies and industries, will play a major role in the recovery or expansion of local and regional economies.