DRA, U.S. Department of Labor Announce $14.6 Million Investment for Workforce Development

September 30, 2019

DOL’s investment will support eight organizations in five states across the Delta region

CLARKSDALE, MS – Today, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a $14,587,500 investment into eight organizations across the Mississippi River Delta region to expand the impact of workforce development efforts through the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) grant initiative.

These grant funds, awarded by DOL’s Employment and Training Administration in collaboration with DRA and the Appalachian Regional Commission, focus on rural areas hard hit by economic transition and recovering more slowly. Grantees have designed projects to address the specific skills needed by both businesses and workers in the DRA or ARC service area, as defined in 40 U.S.C 14102(a)(1), and in 7 U.S.C. 2009aa(2), respectively.

“DRA’s mission is to support economic development by making investments into the physical infrastructure and human capital of the Delta region,” said Chairman Caldwell. “These investments will support innovative job training programs that prepare workers with the skills they need to be placed in quality careers and will supply local industry with a highly sophisticated workforce so they can grow and thrive in today’s economy. I am pleased to announce these awards alongside Secretary Pallasch and Chairman Thomas, and I am hopeful that these programs will provide greater economic opportunities for individuals and businesses across the Delta region.”

WORC grant applicants could apply for funding amounts between $150,000 and $2,500,000 for developing local and regional workforce development solutions aligned with existing economic development strategies. The grants also provide enhanced training and support activities to dislocated workers (including displaced homemakers); new entrants to the workforce; and incumbent workers. Collectively, these grant activities promote new, sustainable job opportunities and long-term economic vitality.  

A list of grantees and the areas they serve is below:

DRA Grantees

State

Counties/Parishes Served

Award

University of West Alabama

AL

Choctaw, Clarke, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Washington, and Wilcox

$2,499,809

Arkansas Northeastern College

AR

AR: Craighead, Mississippi, Greene, Crittenden, Jackson, St. Francis, and Phillips,

MO: Pemiscot, Dunklin, and New Madrid                                            TN: Shelby

$2,324,336

Madisonville Community College

KY

Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, Muhlenberg, Union, and Webster

$1,258,842

Northshore Technical Community College

LA

Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington

$1,930,586

Southeastern Louisiana University

LA

Livingston, St. Helena, St. James, Tangipahoa, and Washington

$2,457,701

Base Camp Coding Academy

MS

Calhoun, Lafayette, Lee, Panola, Pontotoc, Tallahatchie, and Yalobusha

$635,000

Hinds Community College

MS

Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Rankin, and Warren

$1,327,226

Panola County, Mississippi

MS

Calhoun, Lafayette, Panola, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Yalobusha

$2,154,000

 

For more information about the WORC Initiative and DRA’s Delta Workforce Program, visit www.dra.gov/workforce

About the Delta Regional Authority

Established in 2000 by Congress, the Delta Regional Authority makes strategic investments of federal appropriations into the physical and human infrastructure of Delta communities. Led by the Delta Regional Authority Board-comprised of the Federal Co-Chairman, appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and the governors of the eight states-the Delta Regional Authority fosters local and regional partnerships that address economic and social challenges to ultimately strengthen the Delta economy and the quality of life for Delta residents. The Delta Regional Authority works to improve regional economic opportunity by helping to create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of the 10 million people who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Delta region.

 

DRA Media Contact:
Susan Edwards         
501-682-7392
sedwards@dra.gov

DRA Program Contact: 
Aury Kangelos
901-484-5082
akangelos@dra.gov