$650,000 grant to support retraining of dislocated workers
The northwest Indiana region that is part of the Midwest Urban Strategies consortium has been awarded a $650,000 dislocated worker grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration awarded a total of $100 million in Trade and Economic Transition National Dislocated Worker Grants to provide training and career services to “mature dislocated workers” affected by major economic disruptions such as the Great Recession. In northwest Indiana, the Gary/Valparaiso WorkOne that received the grant is led by the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board. The northwest Indiana region, along with the Indianapolis area—led by EmployIndy—are two of the 13 urban areas across nine states that comprise Midwest Urban Strategies. EmployIndy received a similar, $1 million grant from the Department of Labor. Midwest Urban Strategies represents a coordinated effort on behalf of the 13 Department of Labor urban workforce development boards to marry traditional workforce development practices with economic development. In Indiana, the two workforce development boards—the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board and EmployIndy—are part of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development network, which overall consists of 12 regions throughout the state.
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