|Carson Helps Secure Nearly $10 Million in Job Training Grants Focused on High-Growth Industries|
February 12, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Department of Labor will award nearly $10 million in job training grants to Ivy Tech Community College and the Indianapolis Private Industry Council (IPIC), Congressman André Carson announced today. The funding is part of the Health Care Sector and Other High Growth and Emerging Industries job training grant program authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
"The Recovery Act's investments are making a positive difference in the lives of America's working families," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The Recovery Act funded grants announced today will ensure thousands of workers across the nation can receive high-quality training and employment services, which will lead to good jobs in health care and other industries offering career-track employment and good pay and benefits."
The local grant awards to Ivy Tech and IPIC will help hundreds of workers across Indianapolis and the State of Indiana receive the necessary training to compete for jobs in high-growth industries, including health care and advanced manufacturing.
"To get our economy back on track, we've got to focus our job creation efforts in high-growth-sectors, and we have to do everything we can to ensure our Hoosier workforce is ready to compete for the jobs of tomorrow," Congressman Carson said. "That's why today's landmark announcement is so important. We're fortunate to have innovative community partners like Ivy Tech and IPIC help lead the charge to get Hoosiers prepared for careers in burgeoning industries like health care, advanced manufacturing, IT and logistics."
Ivy Tech - $5 million
Ivy Tech Community College and its partners will implement a statewide project, operating in 37 of Indiana's 45 counties, to train unemployed and displaced workers for careers in the advanced manufacturing; transportation, distribution and logistics; and information technology sectors. Local workforce partners will refer potential participants to Ivy Tech. The program will train and provide more than 1,100 participants with an industry-recognized certificate or degree according to regional training focus.
"This is a great opportunity to help Hoosiers that are very much in need of retraining, and Ivy Tech stands prepared to help those looking for a career change," said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. "In today's uncertain economy, there are few guarantees for anyone who enters the workforce, but these students will have the 21st century skills and expertise to prepare them for the changing job market."
IPIC - $4.8 million
IPIC will focus program efforts on strengthening the pipeline of health care workers,
with a particular emphasis on moving incumbent workers up the career ladder. The project will elevate current health care workers into the most critical-to-fill occupations in the region's hospital industry-registered nursing. Training will be provided through an Associate of Science in Nursing degree program taught on the campus of Clarian Health Partners, Indiana's largest health care provider. Simultaneously, the project will recruit dislocated and unemployed workers for credentialed education associated with the full spectrum of the non-physician/non-management career opportunities. IPIC and its partners expect to train 600 individuals through the project. More than 500 individuals will complete training and be placed into employment.
"This is a tremendous win for Indianapolis job seekers," said Brooke Huntington, President and CEO, Indianapolis Private Industry Council (IPIC). "Mayor Ballard has declared a clear vision for Indianapolis that includes focusing on job creation in our targeted industries. This important grant keys in on that mission and allows Indianapolis to leverage the strong health care sector we currently have with a vital training program, so more residents can take advantage of new career opportunities."
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