PALMDALE — At the 48th Annual Business Outlook Conference hosted by the Antelope Valley Board of Trade, Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced a $1 million grant to local organizations and education partners to expand job-training programs for aerospace industry careers. These funds will primarily go to training veterans, military service members and spouses, homeless veterans, and other job seekers looking to work in aerospace careers. These funds will help to both promote open positions in local aerospace prime contractors and expand training programs for careers at companies such as Northrop Grumman, General Atomics, Lockheed Martin and Boeing.
“Providing career opportunities and training for veterans and military service members in the Antelope Valley opens a pathway to success for individuals throughout the region,” said Supervisor Barger. “This effort represents tremendous growth, not only for the impact on the Antelope Valley economy, but for the lives that will be positively changed through quality jobs and supportive services with established aerospace contractors.”
The funds will help provide expanded training sessions in the Antelope Valley, and wraparound services for participating individuals in need of rapid rehousing. Veterans that require assistance will have access to supportive services, mental health services and case management. Additionally, transportation for homeless veterans will be provided by the Antelope Valley Transportation Authority.
Trainings will be held at various sites around the Antelope Valley including Antelope Valley College, and the America’s Job Center of California will help promote opportunities. County officials expect the expanded training programs to start in 2020.