SORTA receives federal funding for training program

WASHINGTON, DC (FOX19) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Friday that the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority is one of 17 organizations in 12 states selected to receive funds through the Federal Transit Administration's Innovative Transit Workforce Grants Program.

A total of $7 million in grants was awarded nationwide.

"A well-educated workforce is vital to ensuring that our nation's economy continues to grow and that the transportation industry has qualified individuals to keep our transit systems competitive," said Secretary LaHood. "This program provides training that reflects the Obama Administration's commitment to helping Americans find good jobs."

The program, now in its second year, helps local public transit agencies and institutions of higher education to conduct training, assistance, and outreach aimed at bringing more women, minorities, and minority-owned businesses into the transportation field and creating new opportunities for employment.

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority will receive $206,973 to develop a transit maintenance workforce training program in Greater Cincinnati to provide technical training in the rapidly changing area of hybrid engine technology, as well as continuing education for current members of its transit workforce.

FTA's FY2012 workforce grants program encourages recipients to partner with Indian tribes and other local nonprofit entities to focus training and outreach efforts in underserved communities; support the training needs of operational and maintenance workers, especially in new and emerging technology areas; and showcase innovative methods that encourage young people to pursue careers in public transportation.

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