$1.8 million to help spark disabled youths’ interest in high-tech jobs

The Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy will award $1.8 million to assist states in implementing the High School/High Tech (HS/HT) program on a statewide basis. HS/HT is a career development program designed to provide high school aged youth with disabilities with an opportunity to explore careers or gain further education that may lead to technology-related careers. These programs, which have generally been locally directed and supported, serve both in-school and out-of-school youth with disabilities in a year round program of corporate site visits, mentoring, job shadowing, guest speakers, after school activities and summer internships. Eligible applicants for these grants include State Workforce Investment Boards; State Departments of Education; State Departments of Labor; State Developmental Disability Councils; State Departments of Vocational Rehabilitation; or State Committees affiliated with the National Governors’ Committees for People with Disabilities, and other similar state agencies. The Department expects to award up to eight competitive grants of approximately $225,000.

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