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Department of Commerce Investment will Expand Workforce Training Opportunities in Houston

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1.4 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the Lone Star College System District of Woodlands, Tex., to help build the Aldine Workforce Solutions Center at the College's North Harris Branch in northwest Houston.

"The Obama Administration is committed to helping the Gulf Coast region recover from the 2008 hurricanes," Locke said. "This EDA grant will establish a vocational training center that will provide workers with the critical skills needed to compete for higher-skill, living-wage job opportunities and help bring economic stability to the region."

The Center will train workers in basic and advanced skills in HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and general building trades. These skills are crucial during disaster recovery efforts and during times when major employers in the Gulf region are rebuilding and expanding.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov):

This year, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) marks 45 years of public service, with a mission of leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that partners with distressed communities throughout the United States to foster job creation, collaboration and innovation.