Rep. Johnson: Recovery funds headed to DeKalb Tech for job training

February 15, 2010
Press Release

LITHONIA, GA – Congressman Johnson and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced today another job training grant for the Fourth District authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus package) – this one even larger than the $1 million green jobs grant we announced last month.

This latest grant is a $2 million Health Care and High Growth Job Training Grant for DeKalb Technical College (DTC). 
Via this grant, DeKalb Technical College will expand its existing EMT and Paramedic Technology Programs to train unemployed and dislocated workers for quick entry or re-entry into the workforce as first responders.

Funds will be utilized to hire additional instructors, provide more advanced technology to support the existing curriculum, and support the training and certification of 224 participants with these critical, employable skills as first responders. 
Bottom line – these funds will create jobs twice – first, DTC will hire additional instructors, creating jobs in the District.  Then those instructors will use these funds to train and certify 224 unemployed or displaced Fourth District residents as EMTs, who will then be employed providing critical first responder services to the community.

Below are quotes from Rep. Johnson and Secretary Solis.

“This $2 million grant for DeKalb Technical College will hire additional instructors and train hundreds of displaced workers for quick re-entry into the workforce as first responders we need in emergencies,” said Rep. Johnson. 

“The Recovery Act’s investments are making a positive difference in the lives of America’s working families,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The Recovery Act funded grants announced today will ensure thousands of workers across the nation can receive high-quality training and employment services, which will lead to good jobs in healthcare and other industries offering career-track employment and good pay and benefits.”

Key Partner Highlights: DeKalb Technical College, Grady Emergency Medical Service (EMS), On Site 911, Rockdale County Fire Department, Local Workforce Investment Boards, and Goodwill Industries of North Georgia.


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