By: Armando Trull // May 30, 2012
A career training center in Maryland that helps pair immigrants with jobs got a visit from the nation's job czar Wednesday.
In nearly two years, almost 4,000 people have gotten job training skills at the CASA De Maryland Maryland Employment Center at Langley Park. Courses include training to be a maintenance engineer or a computer repair person.
Uwabo Unk is from Cameroon and he got training to become a security officer. "It helped me first to get a job," said Unk. "And that it gave me a look at what the career looks like."
This is the kind of feedback that U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis heard from Mr. Unk and other trainees. "I'm finding that people are very pleased with the training their receiving here. Whether's it's construction or security or even in healthcare."
Solis says that these kinds of training programs ultimately save businesses money, because skilled workers make less mistakes.
Since 2010, the Labor Department has awarded more than $400,000 in grants to CASA De Maryland to provide these courses in conjunction with community colleges.