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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1.6 Million to Help Establish High-Technology Workforce Training Center in Oregon


WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.6 million grant to Rogue Community College of Grants Pass, Oregon, to help establish a high-technology training center that will provide critical workforce training for in-demand jobs. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 77 jobs, retain 59 jobs, and generate $2.15 million in private investment.

“The Trump administration is committed to not only retaining jobs in this country, but creating countless new opportunities for American workers,” said Secretary Ross. “This new high-technology training center will provide critical support in ensuring a skilled workforce for Oregon’s manufacturing and high-tech industries.”

The High Technology Innovation Center will be located in nearby White City, Oregon on Rogue Community College’s Table Rock Campus. This EDA grant will help improve job skills and support above average wages in 15 higher demand instructional areas including welding, engineering, information technology and manufacturing.

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