Grant to train unemployed for IT
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Mar 26, 2000
A U.S. Department of Labor grant will train 3,300 dislocated or unemployed
workers in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area for information technology
Labor awarded the grant last week to the Washington Metro Area Technology
Initiative. The group will draw trainees from the city and within a 50-mile
radius in the neighboring states of Virginia and Maryland. They'll learn
on-location at participating companies, including Lockheed Martin, Lucent
"The $20.2 million grant we are awarding [today] will prepare 3,300
workers for the most in-demand jobs," Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman said
in a statement. "Two hundred people are enrolled now in the development
phase of this project [and] we expect that nearly all of the trainees will
find good-paying jobs in the area's high-tech companies."
A consortium of the Virginia, Maryland and District governments manages
the initiative, which got started in 1998. The grant enables the project
to become fully operational.
There are six offices for the project, two each in the District and
nearby cities in Virginia and Maryland.