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Unemployed DC Area Residents Receive Job Training

GSA Recovery Act Program Graduates Placed in Construction Apprenticeships


December 15, 2009
Contact: Chris Hoagland

WASHINGTON — The first of seven classes in GSA’s Recovery Act funded pre-apprenticeship job training program graduated twenty unemployed Washington area residents yesterday. The graduates will now be placed in registered apprenticeships on construction sites where they will receive on-the-job training and trade certification.

“This Recovery Act program is a great way to bring direct relief and opportunity to unemployed workers who need it most during tough economic times,” said Robert A. Peck, Commissioner of Public Buildings at the graduation ceremony today. “Not only is this program putting people to work today, it is also teaching them the skills they need to find work in the future.”

GSA recently launched pre-apprenticeship programs under the Recovery Act in Washington and Portland, Ore. The local program is run through the Community Services Agency of the Greater Washington Metropolitan Council, AFL-CIO, and expects to graduate at least 150 workers over the next year.

U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Commissioner Peck spoke at the graduation ceremony held in downtown Washington.


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