DATE:  December 27, 2001     NO: 01-97

CONTACT: Elizabeth Bennett PHONE:  (907) 465-4863

Department of Labor and Workforce Development

News Release

Grant Aimed at Job Training in Health Care, Information Technology, Construction and Transportation Industries

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development is encouraging interested and qualified organizations to apply for job training grants available through the State Training and Employment Program (STEP).  Grants totaling approximately $200,000 are available for clients residing within the Balance of State Service Delivery Area, which encompasses all areas of Alaska except the Municipality of Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

 “We are targeting proposals aimed at health care, construction, information technology, and transportation in particular,” Labor Commissioner Ed Flanagan said.

 Flanagan said high priority would also be given to areas where documented employment opportunities exist due to labor shortages or rapidly expanding job opportunities, in areas where nonresidents are being employed or for which alien certifications are being issued, and for areas with high unemployment and discouraged workers.

 The issuing office must receive applications no later than 4:30 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Friday, February 1, 2002.  Copies of the complete grant application are available online (, at regional offices of the Department of Labor’s Alaska Job Center Network, and by request to STEP Administrator Elizabeth Bennett at email or phone (907) 465-4863.  Interested parties may also contact Jessica Bovitz at (907) 465-4890 or email



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