Montana awarded $1.4 million job training grant

2013-06-28T16:38:00Z 2013-06-29T00:09:23Z Montana awarded $1.4 million job training grantBy TOM LUTEY The Billings Gazette

Montana will receive an additional $1.4 million to retrain dislocated workers this year.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Wednesday that 30 states, including Montana, would split $58 million in grants to give dislocated workers certified training needed for new careers.

The grant more than doubles the amount of money the state currently spends on dislocated worker training, said Casey Kyler-West of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry. The Job Service is the local contact for the dislocated-worker program, which helps laid-off workers retrain, either through short-term class work or on-the-job training.

On-the-job training is used by dislocated workers roughly half the time, Kyler-West said. The grant awarded Wednesday specifies that 70 percent of the funding be spent on classroom courses.

In addition to covering class costs, the money can also help cover day care, transpiration or relocation costs related to retraining.

Montana spent $1.3 million on dislocated-worker training in the past 12 months, Kyler-West said. Because of sequestration, funding was expected to drop to $1.01 million in the next state fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Grant rules specify that the money must be spent on training-related expenses and not used to cover administrative costs.

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