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Governor Kitzhaber announces U.S. Department of Labor grant to train unemployed Oregonians for high-demand jobs

​(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor will grant Oregon $4.5 million to train unemployed workers statewide for high-demand industries.
The two-year grant is part of nearly $154.8 million awarded to 32 states, Puerto Rico and the Cherokee tribal nation through the federal Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program. The idea of the program is to provide training in fields where jobs are growing and where businesses are having challenges recruiting workers.
"Putting more Oregonians back to work is paramount to our state’s long-term prosperity," Governor Kitzhaber said. "We’ll use this money to invest in training that gives workers the tools and credentials they need for high-demand fields, and leads to a greater chance of longevity in their careers. We're listening to the needs of businesses and industries to put forth a strong workforce."
Oregon’s seven Workforce Investment Boards will administer the federal grants and target investments based on regionally specific, high-demand industries.
Industries include:
•  Advanced manufacturing (fabricated metals, medical equipment, and transportation equipment)
•  Natural resources industries (forestry and wood products, agriculture, fishing, food processing, and nursery  
•  Clean technology (biomass, green building and development, electric vehicles, sustainable transportation, energy
    efficiency, environmental technology, environmental science solar wave energy, and wind energy)
•  High technology (bioscience, semiconductors, electronic components, software, educational technology, and
•  Footwear, outdoor gear, and apparel
•  Distribution and logistics, tourism, aviation, and creative industries
•  Health care
The money will also help to create or expand employer partnerships that provide opportunities for on-the-job training, Registered Apprenticeships or other occupational training that result in an industry-recognized credential.
For more information:
U.S. Department of Labor press release

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