SeoTraining Minneapolis and Minneapolis trainees are in line for a boost in earning if the federal government approves a plan to expand the program.
The White House said Thursday it will provide $250 million in federal stimulus funding to the Minneapolis-based training and certification program.
The money would allow the city to pay the cost of additional training and certified candidates to help train them up for the job market, said U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
The Minneapolis City Council is expected to vote on the $250,000 on Friday.
The program, which began in 2005, has helped train more than 1,200 workers.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Thursday that Minneapolis is the only city to get its own training program, along with other communities like Houston, Atlanta and Chicago.
“There’s a great chance that if we get this done, the Minneapolis city workforce will be better prepared to compete in the new economy,” Klobochar said.
The federal stimulus program is one of the largest federal investments to help boost the economy.
About $2 trillion has been spent since the end of World War II on job training, including $500 billion on job creation.
About half of the money earmarked for job training has gone to cities and states, with the rest directed to federal agencies.