U.S. Department of Labor Announces $1.6 Million to Train Vermont WorkersforCareers in the IT IndustryWASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao has announced agrantof nearly $1.6 million to train workers for careers in the informationtechnology (IT) industry. The grant, awarded to the Vermont Governor’sITTraining Initiative, is part of a training effort funded under thePresident’s High Growth Job Training Initiative, a strategic plan thatemphasizes partnerships to prepare workers for jobs in America’s fastestgrowing and economically vital industries.”Vermont’s information technology sector needs skilled workers,” saidSecretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. “This nearly $1.6 million grant willhelpworkers with mentoring, internships, apprenticeships and othersupportiveservices that will help them get jobs and succeed in this industry.”The Vermont Governor’s IT Training Initiative will use the grant toincreasethe pipeline of workers in the IT industry by establishing a statewideinformation technology training infrastructure, including mentoredinternships, apprenticeships, web-based technology, statewide outreachandstrong partnerships.Key partners in this project include Gov. Jim Douglas, the VermontInformation Technology Center, Vermont Health Care InformationTechnologyEducation Center, Business Roundtable, Champlain College, HumanResourcesInvestment Council, Vermont One-Stop Career Center System, CentralVermontMedical Center, Concepts NREC Inc., General Dynamics Armament Systems,Hackett, Valine & MacDonald, Husky Injection Molding System Inc., IBMCorp.,Paul, Frank & Collins, Resolution Inc., Rutland Regional Medical CenterandVerizon Vermont.Through the President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative, theDepartmentof Labor has been conducting executive forums with leaders of expandingindustries to identify critical workforce gaps and issues. Solutions,likethe initiative being funded today, are then created in cooperation withemployers, educational institutions and the public workforce system.Formore information, visit www.doleta.gov/BRG/JobTrainInitiative/(link is external) .