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Announcement of DOL Grant Funding for Training of People with Disabilities

On March 9, the President announced our TechHire initiative in a speech to the National League of Cities. To kick off TechHire, 20 regions, with over 150,000 open technology jobs in 2014 and more than 300 employer partners, announced plans to work together to create more fast track tech training opportunities. The President is challenging communities across the country to follow their lead.

As a part of this announcement, the Administration announced a commitment to make $100 million available through the Department of Labor to support innovative approaches to moving lower skilled workers with barriers to training and employment on the fastest paths to mid- to high-skill information technology jobs in high growth jobs in industries like healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services, and other in-demand sectors. Each grantee will agree to develop strategies that serve one or more groups of individuals with barriers to employment, including those with child care needs, people with disabilities, people with limited English proficiency, and disconnected youth, among others.

Read the fact sheet on this opportunity (PDF). The Administration plans to have a full application ready by the end of 2015.


  1. This is GREAT financial, community and people-business advocacy from the White House.
    I applaud this action and wish for all states, local, regional and community efforts to collaborate in this mission.

    Reggie Dunbar II
    Atlanta GA

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