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Blunt: Missouri Workforce Development Programs to Receive Additional Grant Funding

November 30, 2020

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), today announced that two Missouri entities will receive an additional $280,000 in grant funding from the Delta Regional Authority’s (DRA) Delta Workforce Program to support their Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) projects funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. As Labor/HHS chairman, Blunt started the WORC initiative in 2018 and has worked to include funding for the program in subsequent Labor/HHS appropriations bills.

“Our nation is making tremendous progress in the fight against the virus, but we need to ensure we’re also doing all we can to overcome the significant economic challenges facing Americans,” said Blunt. “I’m glad these two workforce development initiatives will help hardworking Missourians gain the skills they need to create a better future for themselves and their families. I appreciate the Delta Regional Authority for investing in these programs, which will help Missourians get ahead and aid our state’s economic recovery.”

Following are the details of the grant funding:

Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation: DRA Investment: $150,000: The Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation in Portageville, Mo., will use DRA funding to provide apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and agricultural entrepreneurial opportunities to meet the identified workforce needs of the agribusiness and agriculture-adjacent industries. The investment is projected to train up to 50 individuals throughout six counties in Southeast Missouri. In September, the Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation received $1,209,301 in WORC grant funding.

Missouri State University – West Plains: DRA Investment: $130,000: Missouri State University – West Plains will use the DRA funding to purchase needed equipment for advanced workforce training in robotics. The investment is projected to train 50-75 individuals, including dislocated workers, new entrants in the workforce, incumbent workers, and underrepresented groups such as women, veterans, minority groups, and individuals with disabilities. In September, Missouri State University – West Plains received $960,000 in WORC grant funding.

Updated on December 4, 2020 to reflect corrected funding information from DRA

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