JUNEAU (AP) -- The State of Alaska has secured a $1 million federal grant to provide on-the-job training for rural residents considering road construction and related transportation careers.
The grant will be spread over a five-year period.
The jobs will help diversify the economy of rural Alaska and will be especially important for villages impacted by the fisheries slump in the Yukon, Kuskokwim and Norton Sound regions, Gov. Tony Knowles said.
The Alaska Rural Training Initiative is being considered by the Federal Highway Administration as a national model for on-the-job training by other government agencies and community-based groups, officials said.
The federal funding doesn't require any matching state money.
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