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US Department of Labor Awards $4.9M in Grants To Improve English Language Skills in the Workplace
U.S. Department of Labor ^ | 02/14/06 | DOL

Posted on 02/14/2006 12:38:05 PM PST by bourbon

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $4.9 Million in Grants To Improve English Language Skills in the Workplace

Grants Will Train Workers in California, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York and Texas

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced five grants totaling more than $4.9 million to improve English language skills in the workplace. The grants will train approximately 4,400 individuals in California, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York and Texas.

“To succeed in the workplace, workers must know how to communicate in English,” said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. “These $4.9 million in English skills training grants will help thousands of workers realize the American dream for themselves and their families.”

In California, San Diego’s Imperial Counties Labor Council was awarded a $1 million grant to increase the workplace literacy of 150 incumbent Hispanic workers in the steel and shipbuilding sector of the construction industry. Participants will obtain an apprentice level entry into the industry after completing training.

The Career Launch! project will use its $1 million grant to deliver customer service and health care industry training to approximately 200 Somali, Ethiopian, Southeast Asian and Hispanic participants in Minnesota.

Through a grant of over $800,000 awarded to Nebraska’s Metropolitan Community College, approximately 1,389 individuals will receive English language training for careers in the construction, healthcare and transportation industries.

A $1 million grant will allow City University of New York Research Foundation to use cutting-edge instructional technologies to train approximately 240 persons in skills sought after by New York retail and food employers.

In Texas, a $1.1 million grant to SER-Jobs for Progress National Inc. will fund a work-based English skills program in four cities to prepare approximately 2,430 Hispanic workers for careers in the hospitality industry.

“Growing industries constantly seek out workers taking action to enhance their skills,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Emily Stover DeRocco. “Developing English language skills will enable workers associated with these five projects to compete for sought-after jobs in growing industries.”

The grants awarded today are the result of a competitive Solicitation for Grant Applications aimed at seeking strategies to address challenges and increase rates of English proficiency and high school graduation. For more on this and other employment and training programs at the Department of Labor, please visit www.doleta.gov.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: California; US: Minnesota; US: Nebraska; US: New York; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; borders; dol; english; hispandering; hispanic; immigrantlist; immigration; labor; vulnerableimmigrants; willingworkers; work; workplace
Link to DOL news release in Spanish.
1 posted on 02/14/2006 12:38:08 PM PST by bourbon
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To: bourbon

Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.

-- Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), Kansas City Star (April 27, 1918).


2 posted on 02/14/2006 12:40:40 PM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: bourbon

Let me guess, prerequisite is a High School Diploma.


3 posted on 02/14/2006 12:41:45 PM PST by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: bourbon

I suppose it's too much to hope for that this program will verify that the recipients of this largesse are here legally...


4 posted on 02/14/2006 12:44:16 PM PST by vikingd00d
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To: bourbon
If there is a strict citizenship requirement with no exceptions, then my objections would be far less than if not. (Either way this is not the government's job, but if this is another giveaway to illegals then it is pure treason.)
5 posted on 02/14/2006 12:44:31 PM PST by thoughtomator
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia

Prerequisite is a matricula consular ID.


6 posted on 02/14/2006 12:45:04 PM PST by thoughtomator
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To: bourbon

Another program wasting tax dollars on illegals.


7 posted on 02/14/2006 12:46:46 PM PST by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: Willie Green

Let's start with English as the language of government - then we'll work on grammar (no ebonics either)


8 posted on 02/14/2006 12:50:01 PM PST by llevrok (Drink your beer, damnit! There are sober people in Africa.)
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To: Willie Green

Let's start with English as the language of government - then we'll work on grammar (no ebonics either)


9 posted on 02/14/2006 12:50:05 PM PST by llevrok (Drink your beer, damnit! There are sober people in Africa.)
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To: bourbon

Another welfare program.


10 posted on 02/14/2006 1:03:10 PM PST by Lobbyist (I want my American dream!)
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To: bourbon

Here's a program that will SAVE us money: get rid of all the bi-lingual stuff. Immigants before the currently coddled ones learned it on their own. Some immigrants actually got - gasp! - tutors!

And, if a company wants to hire non-English speaking persons and wants to improve their lot (as well as their own by doing so), they can certainly pay for it or offer tuition reimbursement like so many others do.


11 posted on 02/14/2006 1:09:35 PM PST by AmericanChef
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To: bourbon

Actually, I think this would be a better idea if it were directed at native English speakers. Some of the memos I see would give my 5th grade teacher apoplexy, were she still with us.


12 posted on 02/14/2006 1:26:00 PM PST by magslinger (Cry Havoc and let slip the yobos of war!)
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To: bourbon

Anything will help. I saw a report yesterday that said that more people were trying to get into the Minneapolis/St. Paul adult English as a second language programs than they had room for.

The Twin Cities has a large immigrant population of Hmong and Somali LEGAL residents. There are a number of programs to teach them English, but not enought to meet the need.

We do need to support those legal immigrants who are trying to learn English.


13 posted on 02/14/2006 1:40:14 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Willie Green

bttt


15 posted on 02/14/2006 1:49:14 PM PST by shield (The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions.Pr 1:7)
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To: MineralMan

I'll go along with the LEGAL part, but back off on teaching criminals who are here ILLEGALLY.


16 posted on 02/14/2006 2:11:16 PM PST by snowman1
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To: bourbon
I think this is great news. English is more gooder.

On a serious note, if you have ever tried to order a burger in Southern CA, then you know that English is getting to be more and more rare in the work place. If even the Golden Arches don't speak English...

17 posted on 02/14/2006 2:14:49 PM PST by Volunteer (Just so you know, I am ashamed the Dixie Chicks make records in Nashville.)
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To: MineralMan

I agree. I've just started tutoring two Hispanic women who work but speak no English. I find it amazing that one lady has worked at a fast-food restaurant for over a year and has picked up NO English. After four sessions, she has quickly begun to pick up English. She brought a friend, that's how I ended up with two students. I'm considering going into their Hispanic enclave to teach English if there's a need. I take a Spanish class and notice that the ESL class across the hall only has men. Hispanic women have a harder time. I'm not happy about all these immigrants coming in like this, but they're here and I feel I have a responsibility to help them. I teach with a voluntary organization. I assume that there are similar organizations around the country. Retired folks tended to take the training class.


18 posted on 02/14/2006 2:14:49 PM PST by twigs
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To: MineralMan
There are a number of programs to teach them English, but not enought to meet the need.

Are you saying the Federal government should step in and fund programs like these?

19 posted on 02/14/2006 2:38:03 PM PST by bourbon (everything inside screams for second life)
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To: vikingd00d
I suppose it's too much to hope for that this program will verify that the recipients of this largesse are here legally...

"The Department of Labor is following the President's leadership by ensuring that vulnerable immigrants are protected, regardless of their status."

Note that "vulnerable immigrants" seems to be the new euphemism for illegal Hispanics.

Remarks Prepared for Delivery by U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao
LATINA Style 50
Thursday, February 9, 2006

[snip]

We live in a worldwide economy. That's why the President announced in his State of the Union address last week the American Competitiveness Initiative.

[snip]

The President recognizes the invaluable contributions that Hispanics and other immigrants make to our nation's workforce. So another element of the President's American Competitiveness Initiative is asking Congress to make it easier for foreign-born students to study in the United States and remain here to work. This is part of the President's comprehensive immigration reform plan. The goal of this plan is to secure our nation's borders, while honoring our nation's tradition of welcoming hard-working immigrants seeking opportunity.

That's why one feature of the President's comprehensive immigration reform is a Temporary Worker Program. It will match willing temporary workers with willing employers, when no American worker is available. The process will be streamlined, fair, and efficient, so people can find jobs and employers can find workers in a timely and legal manner.

The Department of Labor is following the President's leadership by ensuring that vulnerable immigrants are protected, regardless of their status. The Department has published and distributed health, safety and employment materials in a wide variety of languages, including Spanish. The goal is to help vulnerable immigrants learn about their rights under our nation's labor laws.

The Department has targeted enforcement of our nation's wage and hour laws on low-wage industries that often employ large numbers of vulnerable immigrants, including Hispanics. And it has hired more Spanish-speaking enforcement officers. As a result, the Department has recovered record back wages for immigrant workers, many of them Hispanics.

To help Hispanic immigrants build strong career paths, the Department has also launched a Hispanic Worker Initiative. The goal is to help Hispanics improve their language proficiency and gain the occupational skills needed to access jobs in rapidly growing industries. To help get the word out, the Department is reaching out to a wide variety of community-based Hispanic organizations.

[snip]

20 posted on 02/14/2006 3:00:58 PM PST by DumpsterDiver
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To: gubamyster

ping


21 posted on 02/14/2006 3:02:59 PM PST by DumpsterDiver
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To: Willie Green

If you can't read, or write, or speak English - how can you obey and follow our laws - and how can you become a citizen.

Put a stop to it - REQUIRE ALL APPLICANTS FOR CITIZENSHIP TO SPEAK, READ and WRITE ENGLISH!!

If citizenship takes 5 years - that's plenty of time to learn how to communicate in the country where you live.


22 posted on 02/14/2006 4:30:44 PM PST by The Final Harvest (Democrat Leadership: No program - no ideas - no clue.)
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To: bourbon
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced five grants totaling more than $4.9 million

A mere drop in the waterfall of unchecked government spending.

23 posted on 02/14/2006 4:43:55 PM PST by Starboard (Liberal superiorists hate the system that allows average people to make more money than they do.)
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To: Willie Green; bourbon; All

We are told by those who accuse us of being Bushbashers that the president has no power to correct any of this "immigration" situation. He could start with repealing Exec. order # 13166.


http://www.welchreport.com/comment2.cfm?rank_cho=554


GLOBALISM, COLLECTIVISM, AND STUPIDISM

By Phyllis Spivey

"We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness; only power, pure power. What pure power means you will learn presently."

From the novel, 1984, by George Orwell

It’s another of those government edicts that make you think the world has gone mad: Executive Order 13166. In the last months of his presidency, Bill Clinton evidently decided it wasn’t enough to merely force taxpayers to subsidize services to non-citizen, non-English speakers. So he by-passed Congress with a mandate that bestows vast new powers on the federal bureaucracy, trashes states’ rights, individual rights, and what’s left of the free enterprise system. And the Bush Administration is implementing it.

Executive Order 13166 directs all federal agencies to adopt plans for improving access to federally funded programs for persons with limited English proficiency (LEP). In effect, the scheme shifts responsibility away from people with language problems and puts it squarely on any American who offers a public or private service in any way touched by federal funding, including health, education, emergency, transportation, and social services, job training, consumer and environmental protection, law enforcement, courts, public and private contractors, subcontractors and vendors.

It gets worse. According to the pro-U.S.Constitution legal group, Pacific Legal Foundation (www.pacificlegal.org), Bill Lan Lee who at Clinton’s insistence became the government’s chief civil rights lawyer, was a vigorous proponent of multilingual government. Lee took the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin and expanded "national origin" to include "language." Clinton codified Lee’s new definition in EO 13166 and Bush’s Department of Justice has built policy around it.

The legal implications are enormous. Realize that the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has reported as many as 500 different languages and dialects spoken by persons residing in the U.S. and you begin to understand the magnitude of the mandate and its ultimate effects on the lives of Americans.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)responded to EO 13166's call to action by issuing rules only a collectivist could love. The Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), with the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons and ProEnglish, filed suit in 2004 to block HHS from enforcing its requirements (Colwell v. U.S. Dept. Of HHS). PLF’s description of HHS rules explains why:

HHS forces doctors who have any Medicare or Medicaid patients to provide interpreters and translators – and ensure their competency – for any patient who has limited or no English speaking skills or face possible prosecution for intentional discrimination under the federal Civil Rights Act!

HHS requires the costs of hihring interpreters and translators to be borne entirely by the physician, even at a net loss. The federal government contributes nothing to this huge financial and administrative cost; [snip]


24 posted on 02/14/2006 5:35:44 PM PST by WatchingInAmazement ("Nothing is more expensive than cheap labor," prof. Vernon Briggs, labor economist Cornell Un.)
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To: Lobbyist; CyberAnt; DumpsterDiver; HiJinx; gubamyster; janetgreen; Travis McGee; blackie; All

See post #24


25 posted on 02/14/2006 5:38:26 PM PST by WatchingInAmazement ("Nothing is more expensive than cheap labor," prof. Vernon Briggs, labor economist Cornell Un.)
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To: WatchingInAmazement
See post #24

Saw it, read it, needed a barf bag.

26 posted on 02/14/2006 5:52:20 PM PST by DumpsterDiver
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To: DumpsterDiver

BOHICA from a fellow citizen of invaded California...


27 posted on 02/14/2006 6:24:33 PM PST by janetgreen (Washington fiddles while America is invaded!)
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To: WatchingInAmazement

And .. all of that cost could be avoided if the people were FORCED to learn English!


28 posted on 02/14/2006 6:46:55 PM PST by The Final Harvest (Democrat Leadership: No program - no ideas - no clue.)
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To: bourbon

Que bueno....


29 posted on 02/14/2006 6:48:08 PM PST by traumer
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To: bourbon

Surprised it isn't spanish they are pushing. Zero immergration for the next 50 years.


30 posted on 02/15/2006 3:56:46 AM PST by G-Man 1
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