U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Visits Pace University to Present $1 Million Nursing Grant

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today announced a grant of $1,048,300 to the Orange County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) in New York. The grantee is one of 12 winners selected from nearly 230 applicants competing for funding under the President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative. A total of more than $12 million is being awarded nationwide to address opportunities to build a world-class health care and biotechnology workforce.

The following news release is from the US Department of Labor:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DOL Contacts:
David James 202-693-4676, Mike Volpe 202-693-3984

Pace Contact:
Cara Halstead 914-906-9680

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Visits Pace University To Present $1 Million Grant to Workforce Investment Board

New York Grantee is One of 12 Nationwide Sharing $12 Million
For Health Care and Biotechnology Training Projects

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.—U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today announced a grant of $1,048,300 to the Orange County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) in New York. The grantee is one of 12 winners selected from nearly 230 applicants competing for funding under the President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative. A total of more than $12 million is being awarded nationwide to address opportunities to build a world-class health care and biotechnology workforce.

“Health care and biotechnology are two of the fastest growing industries,” said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. “This $1 million grant to the Orange County WIB, like the other 11 projects funded through this competition, will help workers prepare for careers in professions that are in high demand.”

The Orange County WIB will form a consortium with area health care, education and training providers to address nursing faculty shortages which have limited enrollment in local nursing programs, a situation which has led to shortfalls in skilled nurses and health care professionals.

As a result of this project, 50 nurses will be trained as instructors; 100 nurses will be trained as mentors; 70 nurses will be trained as adjunct instructors; and 1,000 students will be admitted to health care education and training programs. Key project partners include the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association, Pace University – which will do all faculty training – and seven WIBs that comprise the Southern/Mid-Hudson Valley.

“Regional partnerships among employers, educators, and the workforce investment system will be the key to meeting businesses’ demand for workers with the skills to succeed in the competitive, global economy,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Emily Stover DeRocco.

Of the 12 grants awarded as a result of a Sept. 17, 2004, Department of Labor Solicitation for Grant Applications, four will fund biotechnology industry training, six will fund health care industry training, and two projects will provide cross-industry training. Additional information about the grants, which will advance projects in Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New York, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin, will be available Tuesday, June 7.

Through the President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative, the Department of Labor has been conducting executive forums with leaders of expanding industries to identify critical workforce gaps and issues. Solutions are competitively chosen and are carried out in cooperation with employers, educational institutions and the public workforce system. For more information, visit www.doleta.gov/BRG/JobTrainInitiative.

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