The $18 million the AARP received from President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package has only produced only 500 jobs to date, but is being used to train thousands.
The Obama Administration has promised the economic stimulus package would “create or save” up to 3 million jobs, but the AARP says their job training program “is not to create jobs at the AARP.” Rather, AARP is using the bulk of their stimulus funds to provide poverty-stricken, older workers with job training through its Senior Community Service Employment Program.
“Simply put, the federal stimulus program reporting documents ask organizations to report the number of jobs created at the organization receiving the funds,” said AARP Senior Vice President Drew Nannis in a statement provided to the Washington Times. “AARP’s role in administering the SCSEP program is not to create jobs at AARP. Instead, we stipend SCSEP participants who train at and provide additional services at no cost to community non-profit organizations. Participants receive on-the-job training and local non-profits increase their capacity to help the communities they serve.”
Through its jobs-training program the AARP says it has trained 2,601 workers using stimulus funds over the past four months and placed 500 retrained workers into permanent jobs.
The White House has been contacted for comment about AARP’s job training program and this blog will be updated when comment is provided.