Labor Department creates grants division

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2003

The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development is creating a division to deal with worker-training grants.

Commissioner Greg O'Claray said Monday the Division of Business Partnerships will work with employers to determine what jobs Alaska needs to train workers for. It will arrange for federal grants the department receives to flow to programs that provide that training.

Some employees will be shifted to the new division from the Employment Security Division, which handles unemployment claims and job placement. Employees will not be taken from worker-safety or wage-and-hour-enforcement programs for the new division, he said.

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