Congressman Case gets $975,000 to boost Hawaii’s workforce for the digital economy

PC: Courtesy of US Representative Ed Case’s office.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022, which was signed into law by the President on March 15, 2022, includes a request to fund increased training for Hawaii residents in the skills needed to work in the growing digital economy. growth.

Congressman Ed Case (HI-01), who is a member of the US House Committee on Appropriations, made the funding request. He said the COVID-19 pandemic has not only increased the digital economy as a whole, but also the reliance on digital technologies to access jobs, healthcare, education and other opportunities.

“That means we need to scale up training our Hawaiian workforce even faster in digital economy skills, not just to keep pace, but to take full advantage of these opportunities,” he said. declared.

“Our Hawaii State Workforce Development Council, in partnership with the Hawaii State Library System, is addressing this need through digital literacy training through computer classes in-person and access to online learning resources to help individuals build computer skills and perform basic activities available online This targeted federal funding of $975,000 will allow for a substantial expansion of these efforts to bring more of our residents in this workplace faster,” Rep. Case said.

Stacey A. Aldrich, Hawaii State Librarian, said she was grateful for the support. “It is the recognition that a more digitally literate population enables Hawaiʻi to be ready for the challenges and opportunities that the future brings to our world.”

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She said the funding would support the expansion of a pilot project created by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and the Workforce Development Board.

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“WDC staff have partnered with the Hawaii State Public Library System and University of Hawaii Community Colleges to offer over 200 free courses and provide over 200 laptops and/or desktop to attendees without devices. We are thrilled to be able to provide learning opportunities at nearly 10 times what was offered in the pilot. Our residents will have access to free classes in our public libraries and community spaces to learn the digital skills they need to succeed,” said Aldrich.

This year, the US House incorporated community project funding requests by individual members of Congress for specific projects and purposes in their district into its annual appropriations process. CPF requests can only be made to governments or not-for-profit, not-for-profit companies or individuals.

Case made 10 CPF applications, all of which were funded.

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