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NC A&T University receives $23 million in funding for workforce training program

Gov. Roy Cooper and the US Secretary of Commerce were in Greensboro Wednesday to present a grant funded by President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan to North Carolina A&T State University. Connecting people to jobs is the goal of the $500 million Good Jobs Challenge administered by the US Department of Commerce and funded by the American Rescue Plan. “We are on a mission to make sure that every American, regardless of where they live, the color of their skin, how old they are, whether they’re in recovery, formerly incarcerated, has a chance to get a real job,” US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said. Thirty-two projects were chosen out of 509 applicants and North Carolina’s A&T University was one of them. North Carolina A&T University received $23.7 million for its Steps4Growth project. The project will help provide more jobs in rural areas of the state where people don’t have as much access to higher-paying jobs. get a real job,” Raimondo said. The Steps4Growth project will use mobile training units in rural areas to remove barriers to access and meet workers where they are and hook them up with jobs. City of Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan said, “If we want to eradicate poverty, we need to make sure that people have good well-paying jobs and jobs that they like and this is certainly one step in that movement.” the energy sector, specifically clean energy, so companies in North Carolina like Duke Energy, Strata Clean Energy, Blue Ridge Power and more are partnering with the project.Forty companies in all have committed to hiring 3,000 employees each over the next four years in 17 Cooper said, “We know these jobs are here and they are great paying jobs that are being created by this clean energy economy. This effort can make sure that people in underserved communities, diverse talent, and get the training that they need to get these jobs.” Cooper said he feels this project will attract more clean energy companies to North Carolina because he said they’ll know we have the workforce. To read more about the 31 other grant winners and their projects, go here.

Gov. Roy Cooper and the US Secretary of Commerce were in Greensboro Wednesday to present a grant funded by President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan to North Carolina A&T State University.

Connecting people to jobs is the goal of the $500 million Good Jobs Challenge administered by the US Department of Commerce and funded by the American Rescue Plan.

“We are on a mission to make sure that every American, regardless of where they live, the color of their skin, how old they are, whether they’re in recovery, formerly incarcerated, has a chance to get a real job,” US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said.

Thirty-two projects were chosen out of 509 applicants and North Carolina’s A&T University was one of them.

North Carolina A&T University received $23.7 million for its Steps4Growth project. The project will help provide more jobs in rural areas of the state where people don’t have as much access to higher-paying jobs.

“You might be the smartest person in North Carolina, but if you can’t get connected to the skills that are necessary, you’re not going to get a real job,” Raimondo said.

The Steps4Growth project will use mobile training units in rural areas to remove barriers to access and meet workers where they are and hook them up with jobs.

City of Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan said, “If we want to eradicate poverty, we need to make sure that people have good well-paying jobs and jobs that they like and this is certainly one step in that movement.”

The jobs available are in the energy sector, specifically clean energy, so companies in North Carolina like Duke Energy, Strata Clean Energy, Blue Ridge Power and more are partnering with the project.

Forty companies in all have committed to hiring 3,000 employees each over the next four years in 17 underserved communities.

Cooper said, “We know these jobs are here and they are great paying jobs that are being created by this clean energy economy. This effort can make sure that people in underserved communities, diverse talent, and get the training that they need to get these jobs.”

Cooper said he feels this project will attract more clean energy companies to North Carolina because he said they’ll know we have the workforce.

To read more about the 31 other grant winners and their projects, go here.

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