Biden-Harris administration awards nearly $94M to train, prepare diverse workforce for good jobs created by ‘Investing in America’ agenda

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Readying workers for infrastructure jobs, including union jobs, in 25 states, District of Columbia

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of nearly $94 million in grants to support 34 public-private partnerships to provide worker-centered sector strategy training programs in 25 states and the District of Columbia to meet workforce needs created by the Biden-Harris administration’s “Investing in America” agenda.

Creating pathways to high-quality jobs, including union jobs, is a key component of Bidenomics, the President’s economic agenda, which is growing the U.S. economy from the middle out and the bottom up, not from the top down. 

Administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration, the Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Grant Program will help grant recipients design, develop and grow training programs and work-based learning opportunities that prepare job seekers for high-demand, high-quality career pathways in advanced manufacturing, information technology and professional, scientific, and technical service occupations. The training will support jobs in the renewable energy, transportation and broadband infrastructure sectors created through the administration’s infrastructure investments. 

“The Department of Labor is making investments that will serve as a down payment to meet the skilled workforce needs of President Biden’s historic Investing in America agenda,” said Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su. “The Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs funding will help to train job seekers in advance manufacturing, information technology and professional, scientific, and technical occupations that support renewable energy, transportation and broadband infrastructure. We look forward to working with our grantees to help to strengthen and expand our workforce to provide opportunities for good-paying, family-sustaining jobs.”

The funding will help grant recipients design programs driven by industry needs and worker voice and create equitable pathways to good-paying infrastructure jobs. The programs will emphasize the delivery of training and supportive services, particularly to those from rural or historically marginalized, underserved and underrepresented communities. 

“In order to rebuild this country back better than before, we must build career pathways to infrastructure jobs that include everyone. That’s why as President Biden’s Investing in America creates millions of good-paying union jobs, we’re expanding career training programs that unlock those opportunities to workers of all backgrounds,” said Senior Advisor to the President of the United States Mitch Landrieu. “This new, historic funding will help us put Americans to work as we grow our clean energy economy, expand access to affordable, reliable high-speed internet, and ensure that our infrastructure is resilient for decades to come.”

Projects funded by these grants will incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility; strong career pathways to middle-to-high skilled jobs; and a focus on increasing job quality. The Building Pathways grants complement the department’s ongoing work to meet our nation’s infrastructure workforce needs, including by aligning Registered Apprenticeships and workforce programs at community colleges, and supporting state and local partnerships seeking to leverage workforce funding to support high-quality training and supportive services. 

A list of the Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs grant recipients follows this release.

Recipient 

City

State

Amount

California Workforce Development Board

Sacramento

CA

$5,000,000 

Able-Disabled Advocacy Inc.

San Diego

CA

$3,482,517 

The WorkPlace Inc.

Bridgeport

CT

$2,000,000 

The Urban Institute

Washington

DC

$5,000,000 

Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees

Fort Myers

FL

$1,999,976 

Citrus Levy Marion Regional Workforce Development Board Inc.

Ocala

FL

$1,733,871 

Atlanta Regional Commission

Atlanta

GA

$2,000,000 

Communications Workers of America Local 7603

Meridian

ID

$1,999,815 

Tecumseh Area Partnership Inc.

Lafayette

IN

$2,000,000 

Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo

IA

$5,000,000 

Coastal Counties Workforce Inc.

Brunswick

ME

$2,000,000 

Civic Works Inc.

Baltimore

MD

$2,000,000 

Trustees of Clark University

Worcester

MA

$5,000,000 

College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas

NV

$1,998,286 

Truckee Meadows Community College

Reno

NV

$1,944,085 

Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico

Albuquerque

NM

$1,999,976 

New York City Department of Youth & Community Development

New York

NY

$1,790,293 

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester

NY

$2,000,000 

Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties Inc.

Utica

NY

$1,999,341 

North Carolina State University

Raleigh

NC

$1,815,868 

Bismarck State College

Bismarck

ND

$1,996,246 

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Columbus

OH

$5,000,000 

Sinclair Community College

Dayton

OH

$1,930,410 

Clackamas Community College

Oregon City

OR

$1,994,070 

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board Inc./Partner4Work

Pittsburgh

PA

$3,748,078 

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

Cranston

RI

$2,000,000 

Roane State Community College

Harriman

TN

$1,444,545 

Cameron Works, Inc., dba Workforce Solutions Cameron

Brownsville

TX

$1,991,745 

Houston’s Capital Investment in Development and Employment of Adults Inc.

Houston

TX

$2,000,000 

FLIPP Inc.

Dillwyn

VA

$1,983,701 

Hampton Roads Workforce Council

Norfolk

VA

$5,000,000 

Virginia Community College System

Richmond

VA

$5,000,000 

United Indians of All Tribes Foundation

Seattle

WA

$2,000,000 

Employ Milwaukee Inc.

Milwaukee

WI

$4,989,684 

Total

 

$93,842,507

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