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Department of Labor Awards Nearly $15 Million in Grants to Expand Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities in Six States
September 17, 2015
Source: U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
Six states will receive grants totaling $14,911,243 to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Labor announced today. The grants to Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, New York and Washington are being awarded as part of the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), a joint initiative of the departments Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy. [The Georgia Department of Economic Development will receive $2,427,849.]
"Our country succeeds when everyone is given the opportunity to succeed," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "The grants we are awarding today will increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities by connecting them to job-driven training programs that provide them with the skills to compete for high-demand industry jobs."
This is the sixth round of DEI funding. Since 2010, the department has awarded grants worth more than $95 million through the initiative to 43 projects in 27 states to improve education, training, and employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities. More information on the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI).
DEI funds help refine and expand workforce strategies proven to be successful, and enhance inclusive service delivery through the public workforce system. Improvements include: increasing the accessibility of American Job Centers; training front-line AJC and partner staff; and increasing partnerships and collaboration across numerous systems that are critical for assisting youth and adults with disabilities in securing meaningful employment.
Grantees of this years awards will use the funds to:
- Improve employment outcomes and increase the number of individuals with disabilities who earn credentials.
- Provide more and diversified job-driven training opportunities.
- Facilitate academic and employment transition among youth.
- Incorporate flexible approaches to designing and providing training and supportive services, including customized employment strategies to help jobseekers with significant disabilities.
- Build effective community partnerships and collaborations across multiple service delivery systems and the effective blending and braiding of resources.
- Promote more active engagement with the business sector.
The grants align closely with the Obama administrations job-driven training principles by requiring multiple workforce and disability service providers, educational institutions and businesses in each state to collaborate extensively with each other.
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