Funds Help Older NM Workers

New Mexico – Gov. Bill Richardson says $685,000 will be used to supplement programs for older unemployed workers in New Mexico.

Richardson says the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds will provide on-the-job training for low-income New Mexicans who are at least 55 years old.

A news release from the governor's office says the stimulus money will supplement the Senior Community Service Employment Program. It has been helping older workers since 1965.

The ARRA funds represent about 20 percent of the normal annual budget of this program.

Trainees will be placed in part-time, minimum-wage positions with nonprofit organizations or government agencies to learn job skills.

The release says the program has 110 trainees. Its goal is to place 39 people in unsubsidized employment.

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