HELENA, Mont.- Montana’s workforce received a boost with the award of a $1.1 million Reemployment & Systems Integration National Dislocated Worker Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The funding will be used to improve interconnectivity of workforce information systems among state agencies.
The grant will provide opportunities for the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Office of Public Instruction, and Department of Public Health and Human Services to further assist dislocated workers in communities across the state by moving towards more integrated workforce information systems.
“This funding will improve the coordination between state agencies providing services to Montana’s workforce,” said Labor & Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy. “By further integrating information we all share, workers across the state will be the beneficiaries.”
DPHHS Director Richard Opper said today’s announcement is great news for Montana, especially individuals served by his agency.
“In Montana, there are many people with disabilities with tremendous skills who are eager to find employment opportunities,” Opper said. “This grant will only help their efforts by making information even more accessible.”
“We know more Montana students are graduating from high school than ever before, it’s key we also have the ability to collaborate with state partners to make sure those graduates have job opportunities,” Superintendent Denise Juneau said.
A total of $43,286,407 in grants were awarded to 43 states and territories by the U.S. Department of Labor.