|By Whitney Burdette, Charleston Daily Mail, W.Va.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Funds from both programs will help unemployed workers access job training.
To help with the problem, the department plans to invest nearly
"He wants everybody to have an opportunity to punch their tickets to the middle class," Perez said of the president's agenda.
The department first announced it was taking grant applications for the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program in April. On Wednesday, Perez announced the
"We have to have business at the table as we develop training mechanisms to define exactly what they're looking for when they search for employees," she said, later adding, "The bottom line is a skilled workforce that meets employer's needs is essential to America's economy, growth and global competitiveness."
The labor and commerce departments have partnered with the
The grant program requires recipients to track and monitor their outcomes and report back to the
All told, the Re-Employment and Eligibility Assessment program awarded more than
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