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The San Diego Workforce Partnership was awarded a $6 million federal grant to improve job training programs.

The award was one of 11 handed out nationwide, for a total of $50.7 million, the U.S. Department of Labor announced.

The San Diego Workforce Partnership provides job training and workshops, operates career centers, collects local employment data and runs a summer jobs program for youth.

The partnership runs job centers at the downtown library, in City Heights, Mountain View, Serra Mesa, Grant Hill, Chula Vista, Bonita, El Cajon and Spring Valley.

“More than ever, we’re pursuing job-driven training by aligning our programs with the needs of employers and making sure that everything we’re doing is preparing ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez in explaining the grants.

“The Workforce Innovation Fund will improve our job training programs by encouraging innovation, identifying what works, and sharing the results and best practices with others.”

Grantees will work with local and regional employers, industry groups and their state commerce and development agencies to strengthen public-private partnerships, according to the Labor Department. In addition, all grants require an evaluation component that will help to increase the body of knowledge about the most effective strategies in workforce development.

Prior recipients of the workforce grants have been job agencies in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and San Mateo County. Nationally, agencies in Atlanta, Baltimore, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts also have benefitted.

– City News Service

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