Labor Dept. OKs $1.9 million grant to retrain Hynix workers in Eugene

Hynix logo

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor has approved a $1.9 million grant to help retrain Hynix Semiconductor Manufacturing America Inc. workers laid off from the Korean company's plant in Eugene.

More than 1,000 people lost their jobs when Hynix began the layoffs last August. The grant will aid more than 650 who qualify as trade-affected, the Labor Department said.

Officials said many of the workers will train for jobs in the health care and information technology industries.

The federal grant was announced Thursday and awarded to the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development.

(Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.)

The following is a press release courtesy of the U.S. Dept. of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $1,891,738 grant to assist approximately 651 trade-affected workers of Hynix Semiconductor Manufacturing America Inc. in Eugene, Ore.

"This $1.9 million grant will provide these Oregonians with skills training that will help them attain positions in the health care and information technology industries," said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.

This grant, awarded to the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, will offer all affected workers access to the full array of dislocated worker services. Under the grant, workers that have been certified as eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) will be provided with access to services that are not available through the TAA program. These services will include training for skills needed for occupations in the health care and information technology industries.

Hynix Semiconductor began layoffs on Aug. 1, 2008, which continued through Sept. 30, 2008.

Of the $1,891,738 announced today, $945,918 will be released initially. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance.

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor's discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet specific guidelines.