Workforce projects in Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado win major federal grants

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The U.S. Department of Commerce on August 3 announcement the 32 winning projects receive a total of $500 million, funding that comes from the American Rescue Plan. The winners, who were selected from a pool of more than 500 applicants, will use grants to create or expand training programs for high-quality jobs.

Nevadaworks, based in Reno, Nevada, receives $14.9 million to boost employment opportunities in healthcare, manufacturing, information technology and logistics through its Northern Nevada Employment Equity Project.

Milt Stewart, CEO of Nevadaworks, said the project will focus on communities with limited employment opportunities.

“This is going to allow us to serve underserved populations, including tribal and rural people,” Stewart said. “So this is a great opportunity for us to really cast a wide net and help some people who need help.”

In northern New Mexico, a new program designed to expand health care and construction jobs in rural areas receives $6.4 million.

In Denver, Colorado, more training opportunities for jobs in health care administration, human resources, and legal services are being developed for its Latino population. This program is part of a $11.4 million grant to UnidosUSa Latin American advocacy and civil rights organization.


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