MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The government is launching a $7 million grant program to help kick-start training to prepare laid off autoworkers and other unemployed people for a second career.
Education Secretary Arne (ARNIE) Duncan tells The Associated Press it's an opportunity to help adults get the chance to reinvent themselves and return to the job market. The grants will provide initial funds for community colleges and other organizations that help adults develop skills they need for new careers.
Duncan is making the formal announcement of the grant program at the state's Milwaukee Area Technical College this morning. Then he and Governor Jim Doyle are heading to Milwaukee's Bay View High School for an afternoon event.
The Education Department will take applications immediately and plans to award 28 grants by mid September.
Unemployment in Wisconsin currently is running at just under 9 percent.