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Availability of training funds will help dislocated workers

Availability of training funds will help dislocated workers

Posted: Monday, April 27, 2009 11:04 am

The Messenger 04.27.09

Gov. Phil Bredesen and state Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development James Neeley have announced the availability of training funds to dislocated workers and low-income adults in Tennessee.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides a one-time appropriation to Tennessee of $21.2 million for dislocated workers and $9.2 million to low-income adults to pay for training and support services. 

“The training, particularly in emerging occupations, that will be provided with these Recovery Act funds will help prepare unemployed Tennesseans for new jobs at a time when that’s more important than ever,” Bredesen said.

ARRA funding is anticipated to increase participation of the dislocated worker program by more than 1,300 (40 percent) over the number of individuals who received training services last year. Adult services are expected to increase by about 2,000 slots, or 20 percent, over last year.

“Being out of work is especially difficult in this economic environment,” Neeley said. “Many laid-off workers and adults haven’t had to worry about updating their skills for years and this Recovery Act funding provides an opportunity to do just that.”

Dislocated workers and low-income adults who qualify for the ARRA funds must apply for the assistance at their local Tennessee Career Center. Individuals are assessed and training opportunities are chosen from a local list of approved training providers. In addition to occupational skills training, adult education and literacy preparation are available for earning a GED. Those receiving approved training may also receive travel allowances and child care assistance while they are upgrading their skills.

These Recovery Act program funds will be available from April 2009 through June of 2010.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will speed economic recovery, create and save jobs and provided needed services to Tennesseans. For more information, visit www.tnrecovery.gov; www.recovery.gov; or the Department of Labor’s Recovery Web page at www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/EconomicFunding.html.

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