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DeWitt Walton

Due in no small part to its seven years of successfully training low-income and Black city residents for success in the construction and manufacturing trades, the A. Phillip Randolph Institute has been awarded a $400,000 Strategic Innovation Grant, to continue building the workforce that will meet the demand for talent in the region over the next decade and beyond.

The Department of Labor and Industry awarded a total of $4 million in grants to 14 agencies across the state. The Randolph Institute and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board were the only awardees in Allegheny County.

Dewitt Walton, vice president of APRI, is grateful the state acknowledged the institute’s success.

“It will not only help us continue the work we’ve been doing, but it will also let us institutionalize our efforts,” he said.

“Our Breaking The Chains of Poverty workforce development program is a commitment to transformative actions—identifying, recruiting and training poor, working class and incarcerated populations. This will allow us to do that in a more comprehensive fashion.”

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