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Georgia gets more funds for worker retraining


  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Oct. 23, 2020 - 11:07 PM

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The Technical College System of Georgia is receiving more funding to help those who have lost jobs to learn valuable skills.

The technical college system has been awarded $13 million in Dislocated Worker Grant Funding.

That’s in addition to $12 million already awarded.

Disabled Worker Grants are awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grants provide resources for states to respond to large, unexpected layoff events that cause significant job losses, and are intended to help reemployee laid-off workers and enhance their employability and earnings.

Georgia, as well as surrounding states, has experienced significant layoffs and closures due to COVID-19.

The state continues to make progress in putting Georgians back to work, said Gov. Brian Kemp in a press release announcing the grant award. The state’s unemployment is currently at 6.4 percent, below the national average and down from its April 2020 peak.

“We understood right away that our workforce would face significant challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier. “The Dislocated Worker Grant served as a timely response to those challenges, and this additional funding will help WorkSource Georgia and our partners at the Georgia Department of Labor continue assisting individuals that are preparing to reenter the workforce.”

“These grant funds are going to help improve the lives of people in our state struggling during this pandemic,” said Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

The funds will be distributed to local workforce development boards, which will allocate the money for their regions, according to Cody Hall, press secretary for Gov. Kemp.

Training services are available to eligible individuals, statewide. To apply for services, visit https://www.worksourcegaportal.com/vosnet/Default.aspx .

To learn more about the training opportunities available through the displaced worker funding, visit https://www.tcsg.edu/worksource/covid-19-employment-training-assistance/ .