DoL grants $2M in pre-apprentice grants to Providence Metro nonprofits

PROVIDENCE –  The U.S Department of Labor awarded over $2 million in pre-apprenticeship grants to two Providence metro area pre-apprenticeship programs. Nationwide, the Department of Labor awarded $80 million such grants.

According to Labor, a pre-apprenticeship is a program designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a registered apprenticeship program.

Programs are typically provide:

  • An approved training curriculum based on industry standards
  • Educational and pre-vocational services
  • Hands-on training in a simulated lab experience or through volunteer opportunities
  • Assistance in applying to registered apprenticeship programs

In Providence, YouthBuild Preparatory Academy was awarded $1.1 million. According to a recent release on the YouthBuild Providence’s website, the nonprofit organization anticipates opening YouthBuild Preparatory Academy in the fall of 2018. The organization’s mission statement is to “provide young people with opportunities for positive life choices and experiences, and to help them become mentally and morally empowered to accept responsibility for themselves, their families and their communities.”

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To learn more about YouthBuild Providence, visit the organization’s website.

In New Bedford, People Acting in Community Endeavors Inc. was awarded $935,200.

According to its website, “PACE was incorporated as a private nonprofit Community Action Agency in 1982 to mobilize and utilize both public and private resources to affect the improvement of the economic and social quality of life for low income residents of the Greater New Bedford area.”

To learn more about PACE visit the organization’s website.

“There are pathways to successful careers outside of traditional education models,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “There are 6.2 million open jobs in the U.S., including 228,000 in construction, and 388,000 in manufacturing. By partnering with local community colleges and nonprofits, we can empower America’s young people with the skills to succeed in the good-paying jobs of today and of the future.”