Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Labor Grants for 2 Area Colleges; Almost $5 Million to Assist with Training in Logistics, Health Care

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Labor Grants for 2 Area Colleges; Almost $5 Million to Assist with Training in Logistics, Health Care

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Byline: MARK BASCH

Two Northeast Florida colleges are receiving grants from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide workforce training for specific industries, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced Tuesday.

Florida State College at Jacksonville is getting $2.98 million to provide training in the logistics and supply chain management fields. Workers will be trained for jobs in port operations and other logistics positions, Solis said.

Also, St. Johns River Community College in Palatka, which serves Putnam, Clay and St. Johns counties, is getting $1.99 million for training in the health care field.

The grants were part of $125 million awarded to 41 community colleges and organizations in 26 states. The Labor Department said these organizations were picked from 323 applications filed nationwide.

"Our goal is to help workers across the country, and especially in hard-pressed areas like Florida, to secure good jobs," Solis said in a conference call with reporters.

She said the department awarded the grants based on the individual applications, but it did consider Florida's unemployment rate in making the awards.

The grant will allow Florida State College to provide training for about 1,500 people. The school offers an Associate in Science degree in supply chain management and a technical certificate program in logistics and transportation.

But the training will go beyond students enrolled in the college. Sandra Beck, instructional program manager at Florida State College, said the grant will also be used for training programs in several local high schools. …

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