Federal funding to create highway construction job-training in Southern California

Several Southern California agencies received federal grants aimed at providing job-training for transportation-related positions, state officials announced today.

The $2.7 million in economic-stimulus grants awarded to agencies in the state are part of the Federal Highway Administration's "On the Job Training/Support Services'' program. The money will be used to fund pre-apprenticeships and training centers for women, minorities, veterans and
otherwise disadvantaged people pursuing jobs in highway construction.

"These grants will help to create opportunities during these tough economic times,'' Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said. "We are providing crucial job training to people that will help lay the groundwork for jobs and drive California on the road to economic recovery.''

Among the Southern California agencies receiving grants were: