April 21, 2006  


Granger Commends the Community Learning Center for Gaining National Recognition for AITP program


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-Fort Worth) today commended the Fort Worth-based Community Learning Center (CLC) for gaining national recognition for its Aerospace Industry Training Partnership (AITP), a program that provides training for dislocated workers, job seekers and incumbent workers in the Fort Worth and surrounding region. The AITP program will be featured as a model for successful union and management training partnerships nationwide this Thursday and Friday in Irving, Texas, at the Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Strategies forum hosted by the Department of Labor and AFL-CIO Working for America Institute. Since 2000, AITP has trained more than 1,500 people and placed 90 percent of them in aerospace, advanced-manufacturing jobs and other industries in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

“I applaud the Community Learning Center for earning national recognition for their Aerospace Industry Training Partnership program. The AITP program has been critical in training and relocating our talented aerospace industry workforce, and as such, has become a significant asset to our community and economy,” said Congresswoman Kay Granger.

 The forum will highlight practices that address the serious workforce challenges facing the U.S. manufacturing sector. Forum participants, including representatives of labor, business and public workforce development organizations, will address the challenges of recruitment, training and competitiveness in unionized manufacturing. Delegates from unions and various industries will explore the possibility of replicating successful training programs like AITP in their own plants and communities.

Also featured will be ten other successful job training programs from around the country. The forum will be held at the Sheraton Grand in Irving, Texas. One hundred-fifty representatives of labor, business and the public workforce development systems from around the country are expected to attend. This event is invite-only and is open to the press. For more information, or to attend, contact Bea Edwards at 202-841-1391.

Granger serves on the Appropriations Committee and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. She also serves as a Deputy Majority Whip. Granger is the first and only female Republican to serve in the Texas House delegation. Granger represents the 12th District of Texas and is currently serving her fifth term in Congress.