Pima County receives $5.4M federal grant - Tucson News Now

Pima County receives $5.4M federal grant

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Pima County has obtained a $5.4 million federal grant to support a regional effort that will prepare and train 940 young people for critical jobs in local technology industries.

The Youth CareerConnect grant is one of 24 totaling $107 million that were awarded across the country by the Department of Labor, according to a news release. 

It was the only grant awarded in Arizona. 

"The companies who formed the Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partners know we were going to have a shortage of skilled machinists," said Don Theriault, president of Industrial Tool, Die and Engineering. 

As a result of this grant, employers in the identified fields who share a common skill shortage will be able to work with workforce staff, K-12 and community college educators to align classes and curriculum to meet workforce needs. 

High school students will enroll in small, career-focused learning communities in their junior year, and finish at least two years of college, according to the successful grant proposal. 

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