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COC awarded $1.5 million contract for training

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The College of the Canyons Employee Training Institute has received a $1.5 million contract from the California Employment Training Panel to provide worker training to client companies in the Santa Clarita Valley who wish to retain an up-skilled workforce.

“It is a very exciting time,” said John Milburn, interim vice president of workforce and economic developmen­t at the college and ETI executive director. “This is the largest ETP contract that College of the Canyons has ever been awarded, which will allow us to expand our services.”

The two-year reimbursem­ent contract will allow the college to offset the training costs charged to employers in the private and public sectors, as well as nonprofit organizati­ons.

The goals of the program are in support of higher-wage jobs, training leading to licensing and certificat­ion, and workforce training efforts for communitie­s disproport­ionately impacted by the pandemic.

“Employers are currently having trouble finding qualified employees,” said Milburn. “These funds will go a long way in helping companies to upskill and retain their workforce to meet the varying needs of the business.”

Unique to California, ETP is a program that is geared toward job creation and job retention through training in an effort to keep California companies competitiv­e and operating within the state.

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