US Department of Commerce invests $22.8 million in workforce training program

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Philadelphia Works, Inc. will receive $22.8 million in federal grants to develop a workforce development program, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Wednesday.

The funding, which is part of the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge grant program, would be used to create the Coordinated Workforce Development System of South- Eastern Pennsylvania, a workforce training coalition for the healthcare, clean energy and construction sectors. .

“Funding President Biden’s U.S. bailout through the Good Jobs Challenge will provide needed investments in key sectors that will help build Americans’ economic resilience and prosperity,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said. “This EDA grant creates an incredible opportunity to place individuals in quality jobs and strengthen local industries.”

By partnering with leading employers, the coalition will create pathways to well-paying union jobs while focusing on underserved communities in southeastern Pennsylvania.

“This $22.8 million investment is targeted – it will reach a community that has been historically underserved and provide residents with well-paying jobs in growing industries,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “I am beyond grateful to the Biden administration for lending a helping hand to the success of so many deserving Pennsylvanians. These are the investments that will give Pennsylvanians the tools they need to thrive tomorrow.

Grant funding through the American Rescue Plan’s Good Jobs Challenge is awarded on a competitive basis. Thirty-two worker-focused, industry-led workforce training partnerships across the country won grants, out of more than 500 applicants.

Michael A. Bynum