Non-profit association CompTIA is encouraging its members in the IT industry to get in on the $240 million in federal grants available for job training programs, reports eWEEK.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced the grants Monday. They're called H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants and are designed to upgrade the skills of American workers in industries that tend to hire H-1B visa holders. (There's more detail in the pdf at the end of this Labor Department announcement.)
About 75 to 100 grants are expected to be awarded. At least $150 million will be awarded to those providing on-the-job training. At least $45 million will be awarded to provide training in health care and at least $60 million will go to applicants that serve the long-term unemployed.
CompTIA President and CEO Todd Thibodeaux is quoted, saying:
These grants will help many companies-small, medium and large-address their need for skilled technology workers during these challenging economic times. ... We're pleased that ... businesses will be able to compete for these grants and use the funding for training ... their incumbent workers.
The article says Solis met last fall with CompTIA representatives and representatives of the IT industry, including CVS, HP, IBM, Juniper Networks and Oracle, to discuss how the H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants program could best be used to benefit American workers.
It sounds as if this is another federal program that could be used to speed the intersection of health care and IT, such as the one funding the program at the University of Minnesota that I wrote about in December. Healthcare IT News notes that application deadlines are June 2 and Nov. 17.
A webinar on the grants begins at 11 a.m. ET today.