POSTED: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 9:10am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (NEWS CENTER 23) — With job creation the key to America's economic recovery the U.S. Labor department has awarded a total of 147-million dollars in workforce development grants to 26 American cities, including Brownsville.
The grant, Project Grow, stands for growing regional opportunities for the workforce. The money will help under skilled adults get a basic education, job training, and attain English proficiency.
Texas Workforce Solutions is helping coordinate the program in Cameron County. The idea is to create and develop jobs, reduce unemployment, and train workers for specific fields.
"Here in Cameron County we have what's called a demand occupations list which is primarily a retail, construction, health, government, education type programs, truck driving, and welding... A lot of technical areas where there are jobs in demand"
Workforce Solutions doesn't train clients, but finds training for them.
"We have a list of certified providers of training, which are all the colleges, some private schools, and they provide the training."
"According to Hobbs, Cameron County receives 170-thousand clients a year looking for a job."
One of these clients has been looking for a job for nine months.
"Anything that can help us get a job would be great any kind of training that I don't have because I do have a lot of training, a lot of experience yea I would be happy for it."
Project Grow is set to launch in March….but applications are already being screened. Reporting from Brownsville, Abigail Camilo, KVEO Newscenter 23.
For more information on how to apply click here.