U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $3 Million to Support In-Demand Workforce Training in Wyoming
Contact: EDA Public Affairs Department, (202) 482-4085
June 9, 2017
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3 million grant to Northern Wyoming Community College District of Sheridan, Wyoming, to aid expansion of the District’s Sheridan and Gillette workforce training facilities. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs, and spur nearly $6 million in private investment.
“The Trump Administration is committed to not only retaining jobs in this country, but also to taking action that creates new opportunities for Americans,” said Secretary Ross. “The educational opportunities resulting from this project will help Wyoming meet the growing demand for a skilled workforce.”
The project will help to diversify the regional economy by supporting the purchase of equipment to train students in regional in-demand occupations such as machinists, welders, diesel mechanics/hydraulics, electrical and HVAC apprenticeships, and construction technology. Northern Wyoming Community College District is the only public provider of higher education for all of Northeast Wyoming.
About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.