Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri welcomed U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to St. Louis last week to announce an almost $15 million worker training grant that will allow 3,000 students across Missouri to gain professional certification to fill high-demand jobs in skilled manufacturing. Congressman Clay and Secretary Solis were joined at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley by St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and SLCC Chancellor Dr. Myrtle Dorsey to announce the good news.
In his remarks made after a tour of the skilled training facility, Congressman Clay said, I want to personally thank President Obama and my good friend Secretary Solis for supporting my efforts to bring this almost $15 million grant to the State of Missouri. That much needed funding will bring skilled manufacturing training to over three thousand students across this state. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant program was authorized in 2009 as part of the Recovery Act, a critical piece of legislation that I was proud to fight for. Today's grant announcement is a giant boost for the St. Louis region that will greatly strengthen our vital manufacturing base."
St. Louis Community College is the lead agency that will administer this grant that also includes funding for eight other institutions of higher learning under the MO-WINS manufacturing program. Locally, St. Louis Community College will receive $4 million dollars, the largest portion of the grant, for statewide grant administration and local training programs. That federal investment will allow St. Louis Community College to train 442 participants in production, machining, transportation, and logistics over the three-year grant period. Collectively, over 1000 industry recognized credentials will be awarded to those students.