Saint Louis, MO

SLATE receives $1.1 million grant from US Department of Labor

George Vandervalk

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ST. LOUIS, MO — The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment or SLATE announced on June 18 that the US Department of Labor had awarded the agency a $1.1 million federal grant to fund the St. Louis YouthBuild program.

The program aids the training of professionals in high-demand fields such as information technology and machining. St. Louis YouthBuild works in underprivileged North City communities with high poverty and unemployment rates, and St. Louis Public Schools will help SLATE identify and reach out to qualified young adults for this program.

“This funding will help train St. Louis-area youth for the good-paying jobs of the future,” said SLATE Director Howard Hayes. “We look forward to partnering with St. Louis Public Schools and Ranken Technical College to help connect our youth with new career opportunities.”

Participants in the St. Louis YouthBuild program are given fast tracks thanks to a nationally recognized Ranken Technical College partnership. The institution has over a century of experience in the technical and building trades. It will continue to provide training to all participants through a combination of classroom instruction and supervision.

“Ranken Technical College is excited to partner with the City of St. Louis and SLATE on the Department of Labor’s YouthBuild program,” said Ranken Technical College President Donald J. Pohl. “Since 1907, Ranken has provided comprehensive education and training necessary to prepare students for employment and advancement in a variety of technical fields. This partnership is a great opportunity to focus on hands-on training to prepare students for rapid entry into technical careers.”

Through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), every member of the YouthBuild program will have the chance to obtain industry-recognized credentials. Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-1) backed SLATE in its bid to win this grant.

“Programs like YouthBuild benefit our entire city by providing opportunities for our young people and building a foundation for our future workforce,” said Congresswoman Cori Bush. “I’m proud of the work our office did to bring these much-needed dollars into our district, and I look forward to our continued partnership with Mayor Jones on programs that prioritize frontline communities, and especially our youth. Together, we will create a more equitable St. Louis where every person has the chance to live a joyous and prosperous life.”

Mayor Tishaura O. Jones has made youth programming and jobs her administration’s focal point, distributing $5 million of $80 million initial American Rescue Plan Act funds (ARPA) towards youth programming and jobs to keep the city’s youth safe and engaged this summer and beyond.

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