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September 28, 2017

Grant to support women seeking non-traditional jobs in The County

About the grant program

The U.S. Department of Labor's Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations grant program provides technical assistance to employers and labor unions to encourage the employment of women and create positive work environments.

Apprenticeship programs are one of the workforce areas with the smallest female representation — almost half of the workforce is made of women, and yet only 10% of apprentices are women.

The grant program also helps encourage women to pursue nontraditional careers for women, like technical and engineering jobs, which are some of the highest paying in the entire United States.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded a $304,291 grant to the Aroostook County Action Program to support women seeking training in non-traditional jobs in northern Maine.

The funding is allocated through the DOL's Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations grant program.

"Expanding access to opportunities for women in Aroostook County strengthens our workforce and the vibrant communities in northern Maine," U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine, said in a joint statement. "For nearly a half century, ACAP has played a vital role in economic development initiatives that support people throughout the County and we commend the DOL for awarding ACAP with this important funding."

The Aroostook County Action Program is a nonprofit organization founded to provide Aroostook County residents with economic independence. Its workforce development program helps to pair Maine people with a job counselor who assists them with their career paths, finding open jobs and completing schooling required for career advancement.

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