- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Over $500,000 in U.S. Department of Labor grants are being awarded to job finding programs for Alabamians who have been laid off.

Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement Tuesday that more than $196,800 will be used to support a mobile career center operated by the Alabama Department of Labor.

Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs officials say the vehicle will travel throughout the state offering on-site help to people who have been laid off or lost jobs because of business closures. Officials say the mobile center will house a computer lab for job finding and training sessions.

Officials say $307,450 is being given to Southern Union State Community College. The money will fund individual training accounts for laid-off workers looking to gain skills for jobs in new industries.

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