Grants for women in apprenticeships and nontraditional occupations. (Front and Center).On September 19, U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao announced that the department has awarded $1 million in grants to establish apprenticeship and recruitment programs for women in nontraditional jobs. The grants are intended to help women earn higher wages and receive better benefits by providing them with more employment opportunities.
Under the Women in Apprenticeships and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO WANTO Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (US Department of Labor)
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"We're working to improve opportunities for women in nontraditional occupations," says Chao. "This program will assist women to gain the skills they need to find and hold good jobs, particularly in fields many women have not previously explored."
These are the organizations receiving WANTO grants.
* Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., Portland, Ore.
* Young Women's Christian Association Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), organization whose stated mission is "to empower women and girls and to eliminate racism." The movement is nondenominational. , Omaha, Neb.
* Nontraditional Employment for Women, New York New York, state, United States
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* Resource Center for Women, Largo, Fla.
* Maui Economic Development Board, Kihei, Hawaii Kīhei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaiʻi, United States. The population was 16,749 at the 2000 census. From 2000 to 2007, the population increased 11.1% to 18,627.
* Women in the Building Trades, Dorchester, Mass.
* The Access Agency, Inc., Williamantic, Conn.
* Women Work!, Washington, D.C.
* Century Housing, Culver City Culver City, city (1990 pop. 38,793), Los Angeles co., S Calif., a residential suburb of Los Angeles; inc. 1917. It is a center of the U.S. motion-picture industry, whose roots in the city date to c.1915. Its chief manufactures are rubber products and computers. , Calif.
* Women Venture, St. Paul St. Paul
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* Women in Community Service, Inc., Alexandria, Va.