U.S. Rep. John Spratt joined Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis in announcing $4.3 million in federal job-creation money for Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) and partners Northeastern Technical College, Progress Energy Carolina, Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology, Marlboro County Adult and Community Center, and Pee Dee Workforce Investment Board.
Spratt said the funds, coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will provide job training in the electricity sector for some 3,800 students.
“This grant comes under the Recover Act, and will be a boost to the Pee Dee’s economy in the short run, but more importantly, it will prepare workers in the Pee Dee for highly skilled jobs in the electricity sector where they will be needed in the near future,” Spratt said. “I am pleased to see this grant come through. It’s another example of the Recovery Act coming home to help us.”
The “Power Up Pee Dee” project will expand the capacity of the two technical colleges in order to provide training, placement, and support services to prepare workers in northeastern South Carolina for employment in the electric power industry. FDTC will implement a systems-and solutions-based approach to develop new curriculum and competency-based certificates, purchase specialized equipment, and provide both online and distance learning.
Secretary Solis said: “The Recovery Act’s investments are making a positive difference in the lives of America’s working families. The Recovery Act funded grants announced today will ensure thousands of workers across the nation can receive high-quality training and employment services, which will lead to good jobs in health care and other industries offering career-track employment and good pay and benefits.”
Nationwide, 55 grant projects were announced Friday, ranging between $2 and $5 million.