Department of Labor to grant $15 million to assist workers affected by the end of Space Shuttle Program

June 2nd, 2010 - 11:52 pm ICT by BNO News  

MERRIT ISLAND, FLORIDA (BNO NEWS) – The U.S. Department of Labor will grant $15 million in order to assist approximately 3,200 workers affected by the end of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced on Wednesday.

“During nearly three decades of continuous space shuttle flights, these dedicated and talented workers have helped move our nation — and the world as a whole — forward in a broad range of disciplines,” said Secretary Solis. “Today, these hard-working Americans need and deserve our support, and I am pleased that this grant will allow them to upgrade their skills further and gain access to work opportunities in high demand industries.”

The multi-million grant will impact workers from major aerospace contractors, like ASRV, Boeing and United Space Alliance. Funds will help individuals with services including career guidance assistance, job search skills training, resume review, skills assessment and labor market information, and will provide additional types of training and continuing education opportunities.

The Space Shuttle Program will be retired by next November after a decision taken in 2004. There are up to 20,000 contract and subcontract workers who may be laid off by the end of the program.

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