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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1 Million to Expand Mechanics Training Center in Missouri

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1 million grant to the Ozarks Technical Community College of Springfield, Mo., to expand its Diesel Mechanics Training Center (DMTC) in order to provide diesel automotive training to more students and local workers.

“The Obama administration and the Department of Commerce have made skills and workforce development a top priority,” said Secretary Pritzker. “This EDA investment will allow for expansion of a diesel mechanics training center that is working to ensure that local workers are prepared to meet regional business demands.”

EDA’s investment will support diesel mechanics and automotive training to meet the high-demand employment needs of the region’s transportation and logistics industry. To allow students access to the latest industry technology and programmatic offerings, four additional truck bays and four classrooms with learning labs will be built at the school.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth. To learn more about EDA, visit www.eda.gov.