The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration will provide more than $5.3 million to the Texas Workforce Commission to assist recently laid-off aerospace workers.
The federal grant is aimed at helping 600 workers who lost their jobs when NASA began retiring the Space Shuttle program. Most of the affected workers were contractors for the shuttle program at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston. Among the companies they worked for: Barrios Technology, Boeing, Cimarron, Fluor, Hamilton Sundstrand, Jacobs/IESCG, Lockheed Martin, Oceaneering Space Systems, REDE/Critique and SAIC.
The Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board will operate the grant, which will fund dislocated worker services. That includes skills assessment, basic and occupational skills training and individual career counseling.
Initial funding will total $2.2 million, with additional allocations as the state demonstrates the need.