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2012 Innovative Workforce Development Grants

Table of 2012 Innovative Workforce Development Grants
State City Recipient Name Project Name/Description Final Amount


Longbeach, CA Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium Distance Education Technician Program- This program uses distance learning and online instruction as well as onsite, hands-on classroom instruction and video conferencing to train transportation providers in southern, central and northern California and Colorado. $673,713
CA San Bernardino, CA OMNITRANS Regional Transit Workforce Development Program - This project will provide training and prepare at least 200 blue collar workers in the areas of pre-employment train and preparation, succession planning and career development as they obtain training to become transportation leaders and managers. $340,000
CA Los Angeles, CA Community Career Development, INC. Bus/Rail Operator Training Academy (BOTA) - This project will develop a model for recruiting and training bus and rail operators from low-income, minority communities, with the goal of hiring at least 200 individuals. $443,289
CA San Jose, CA International Association of Nanotechnology Electric Vehicle Transit Workforce Development Centers - This project will establish three Electric Vehicle Transit Workforce Development Centers to provide workforce training to new and future transit workers in hybrid and electric vehicle technologies. $850,000
DC Washington, DC Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Transit Works Program-This program provides military veterans and high school students with skills training and assistance to help them transition into WMATA’s Bus Maintenance Apprenticeship programs. Participants will receive mechanical, electrical and electronics training to successfully join WMATA’s work force. $795,334
FL Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Transportation Authority (INC) Hybrid Technology Workforce Training and Implementation - This project will develop a hybrid training and implementation program to assist in implementing the Authority’s new hybrid transit fleet, while also creating standard materials that can be used by any transit agencies nationwide that are first-time operators of hybrid transit vehicles or that wish to improve their best practices related to implementing hybrid bus technology. $247,197
FL Tampa, FL Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, INC Meeting Today's and Tomorrow's Job Needs in Mass Transit - This project will recruit, train and employ up to 30 people in the transit industry, including transit operations and maintenance workers. $234,281
MD Silver Spring, MD International Transportation Learning Center Consortium for Signals Training Courseware Development - This project will bring together management and labor subject matter experts from participating transit locations, along with manufacturers’ representatives, to develop detailed courses to teach signal technicians. $425,000
MD Silver Spring, MD International Transportation Learning Center Career Pathways and Career Ladders for the Frontline Workforce: Innovative Models Leveraging Training Standards and Stakeholder Engagement - This project will develop and pilot models for implementing career pathways programs and career ladder training and apprenticeships in the public transportation field. $722,500
MN Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis Community & Technical College Minnesota Metro Transit Partnership - This project will provide training and professional development for blue-collar operations and maintenance workers and share innovative methods of encouraging youths to pursue careers in public transportation, including the use of job-shadowing opportunities for 20 youths from an impoverished Minneapolis neighborhood. $427,444
MT Pablo, MT Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes CSKT Transit Training Program - This project will provide pre-employment training and related support to young adults on the Flathead Indian Reservation and surrounding areas to prepare them for jobs in transportation, as well as training for current Flathead Transit employees. $255,668
ND Bismarck, ND Transportation, North Dakota Dept of ND Statewide Transit Intelligent Transportation System (ITS0) Workforce Training Program - This project will provide intelligent transportation systems (ITS) training for transit workers statewide, including computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and wireless mobile data computer retraining services for operations staff at five transit systems that already utilize ITS. Funds will also help to provide initial ITS and CAD training for 31 rural transit systems across the state. $269,423
NJ New Brunswick, NJ Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey The Transit Virtual Career Network: Raising Awareness & Building The Transit Industry's Workforce - This project will build and promote a cost-effective, innovative, field-tested, national website that attracts youth, veterans and others to the transportation industry and provide agencies with unprecedented access to new recruitment and training tools. $659,784
OH Cincinnati, OH Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority Hybrid Technology Maintenance Education Program - The project will develop a transit maintenance workforce training program in Greater Cincinnati to provide technical training in the rapidly changing area of hybrid engine technology, as well continuing education for current members of its transit workforce. $206,973
PA New Castle, PA Lawrence County Social Services, INC. Gen Y Transit Workforce Connection - This program will train approximately 20 young adults in the areas of job readiness and pre-employment training to educate, attract and connect them to the transit industry. $187,850
TN Knoxville, TN University of Tennessee TRANSIT-Your Ride to the Future - The purpose of this project is to create a comprehensive educational program that promotes public transit as a good transportation option and a viable career choice for young adults. $225,442
TX Corpus Christi, TX Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority Management Internship Program - The program will offer challenging learning and work opportunities in areas such as transportation management, logistics, and related fields, leading to career opportunities in transportation. $85,000
Total Awarded $7,048,898
Total Available $5,000,000
Total Prior Year Funds Made Available $2,048,898