PUC wins federal job training grant
Post-Tribune Staff Report September 19, 2013 11:24PM
Updated: October 22, 2013 6:06AM
HAMMOND — Purdue University Calumet will receive a $2.74 million job training grant aimed at helping displaced workers.
U.S. Rep. Peter J. Visclosky announced the award from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program at the U.S. Department of Labor.
The grant will provide training to Trade Adjustment Assistance eligible workers, veterans, and other qualified persons seeking opportunities in Northwest Indiana’s regional manufacturing industry, Visclosky said.
It is expected the project will impact at least 300 workers, allowing them to attain one or more industry certifications. Individuals receiving this training will be eligible to join the workforce as mechatronics technicians and industrial machinery mechanics.
The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.
PUC Chancellor Tom Keon said the College of Technology has been working on workforce development in Northwest Indiana for several years.