Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels received word Wednesday (Sept. 10) afternoon from Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao that a $10.4 million national emergency grant he requested to assist dislocated workers in Indiana’s RV industry has been approved.
WANE, Fort Wayne, reported that the special U.S. Department of Labor grant will pay for training in high-wage, high-demand occupations for permanently displaced workers impacted by the RV industry slowdown.
“I’m grateful to the secretary of labor for responding so quickly to the needs of Hoosiers in this industry,” said Daniels. “We’ll be able to help a large number of workers receive the training they need to be qualified for other jobs in Indiana, such as those already available in the orthopedics industry in Warsaw.”
Qualified workers will be eligible for up to $6,000 that will enable them to enter into or complete an associate’s degree program or a credential in high-wage, high-demand occupations. Supportive services for participants such as child care, transportation and books also will be paid for through the grant.
Workers also are eligible for career counseling, computer skill development and customized referrals to local employers. A special Individual Training Account (ITA) will be established for each participant to use to pay for expenses related to the educational program.
Any RV industry worker in Indiana permanently dislocated from their job is eligible to apply. Those interested in submitting an application should visit their local WorkOne office. The grant will be administered through the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
The federal grant is in addition to a $3 million ITA grant previously announced by Daniels for displaced RV workers.