2 local agencies receive $12M in grants for job training

YOUNGSTOWN — Two local agencies have received grants that will provide $12 million for job training.

The Mahoning & Columbiana Training Association and Trumbull County Department of Jobs & Family Services were named partners in two grants awarded last week by the U.S. Department of Labor.

One grant of $6 million addresses the skills gap in manufacturing in the Oh-Penn Interstate Region that encompasses Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties in Ohio and Lawrence and Mercer counties in Pennsylvania.

A second grant of $6 million focuses on maintaining the Business Resource Network in the region and expanding it into Brown, Adams, Scioto, Stark, Tuscarawas, Carroll, Jefferson, Harrison, Belmont, Ashtabula, Geauga, Portage and Pike counties.

Since May 2008, the resource network has been providing businesses in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties with a single point of contact to a variety of business services available from workforce, economic development and education partner organizations.

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