and Training Administration
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 18, 2000
MILLION IN GRANTS WILL TRAIN U.S. WORKERS FOR HIGH-TECH
JOBS OFTEN FILLED BY FOREIGN WORKERS
The U.S. Department of Labor today
announced the second of three rounds of demonstration
grants for training American workers for high-skill jobs
in areas where companies are facing labor shortages.
This $29 million round is part of nearly $80
million the Labor Department will invest this year in fees
received through the H1-B visa program that allows
companies to hire temporary foreign workers.
“High-tech businesses are in desperate
need of high skilled workers,” President Clinton said.
“We are committed to business and our workers. With these grants, we can help companies meet their labor
needs by training U.S. workers for these high-tech,
The funds will enable American workers to
receive high-tech training in such targeted occupations as
network design, digital media, systems analyst,
telecommunications, programming, nursing, bioscience, and
“We have to address the fact that we
don’t have a worker shortage but a skills shortage in
this country,” Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman said.
“These grants can help ensure that American
workers have the first opportunity for these high-paying
program helps incumbent workers, dislocated workers and
those new to the labor force.”
According to Assistant Secretary of Labor
Raymond Bramucci, the Labor Department to-date has
committed more than $41 million for training under the
H1-B initiative. In
several weeks, the Department’s Employment and Training
Administration will begin a third round of competition for
these high-tech training grants.
The H1-B grants build on current Labor
Department initiatives that address high-tech skill
. June 2000: $10.2 million to establish or strengthen
regional partnerships aimed at meeting employers’
identified skill shortages.
. March 2000: $15.2 million for regional skills
. June 1999: $9.57 million to train dislocated
workers in computer and electronics manufacturing, machinery
and motor vehicles, chemicals and petroleum, specialized
instruments and biomedics.
June 1998: $7.5 million to 11 organizations to train
dislocated workers in information technology skills.
The grants announced today will serve
approximately 5,000 workers.
Their funding comes from a portion of the $500 fee
companies pay for each H1-B non-immigrant visa for which
they apply under 1998's American Competitiveness and
Workforce Improvement Act.
information will be made available to sensory impaired
individuals upon request.
Voice phone: (202) 219-5577.
TDD message phone: 1-800-326-2577.