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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) initiative, 11 community-based organizations are receiving the grants to provide on-site technical assistance to employers and unions that develop strategies to increase the employment of women in apprenticeships and nontraditional occupations.

"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, Omaha, Neb.

* Nontraditional Employment for Women, New York, N.Y.

* Resource Center for Women, Largo, Fla.

* Maui Economic Development Board, Kihei, Hawaii

* Women in the Building Trades, Dorchester, Mass.

* The Access Agency, Inc., Williamantic, Conn.

* Women Work!, Washington, D.C.

* Century Housing, Culver City, Calif.

* Women Venture, St. Paul, Minn.

* Women in Community Service, Inc., Alexandria, Va.
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