Schrader Applauds Announcement that the Oregon Institute of Technology Will Receive Workforce Training Grant

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Washington, DC, April 13, 2010 | comments
Congressman Kurt Schrader applauded the announcement by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu that the department selected the Oregon Institute of Technology "OIT" for one of its smart grid workforce training programs.
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Congressman Kurt Schrader applauded the announcement by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu that the department selected the Oregon Institute of Technology “OIT” for one of its smart grid workforce training programs.

“The workforce training program at OIT will provide greater economic opportunities for individuals within our community,” said Schrader. “The program will train our workers, enhance necessary skills, and give them a competitive edge in the work environment.”

On November 19, 2009 Congressman Schrader wrote a letter of support to the Department of Energy urging them to consider OIT’s application for the Workforce Training Grant. The institute will receive funding in the amount of $2,491,100 from the smart grid workforce training program to retrain workers, provide continuing education, and greater economic opportunity for participants.

The funding will be used to retrain workers, enhance skills, create a master’s program, and provide hands-on training opportunities for those in the utility industry. The trainings will take place at the institute’s Portland and Klamath Falls campuses. Workers will learn how to provide general support, how to operate and manage distribution systems, and work with new innovated technologies within the utility sector.

Fifty-four projects nationwide were selected by the Department of Energy to receive nearly $100 million in grant funding through the smart grid workforce training program. Grant selections were announced April 8, 2010.

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