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October 11, 2011

Feds Give Money for Training

Federal education representatives are distributing $19 million for states across country to better train teachers who work with students who are physically/mentally challenged.  $11.5 million will be distributed to colleges in 24 states.  This portion of the money will be used for early detection, speech and language programs, and transition.

“The quality of education our students with disabilities receive is dependent on how well the workforce is prepared to address their needs,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants will support states’ efforts to improve their training systems for staff, and better serve students with disabilities as a result.”

$7.7 million will also be given to states such as Nebraska, Wyoming, and Connecticut to increase professional skills for educators of students who are physically/mentally challenged.  In addition to training modified education teachers, federal representatives have also distributed $19 million to states to improve job development.

North Carolina also received $19 million to improve job training programs.  The money was given to nine community colleges over several counties.  The colleges receiving the money work with one employer with open jobs and a desire for employees.

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