Carroll women win job grant Project targets 'male' careers

February 11, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Carroll County is one of two areas in the state to receive a federal grant aimed at placing women in nontraditional jobs.

The $217,489 grant, to be split between Carroll County and Baltimore, will be used to create a program to help place 80 women in jobs usually awarded to men.

The program will emphasize job retention, said Diane Massey, head of the county's job training office.

"I'm really excited and looking forward to this," Ms. Massey said yesterday. "As a woman and a woman professional, this really means a lot to me."

The grant, awarded by the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor as part of the Non-Traditional Employment for Women Act, is one of six demonstration-project grants awarded nationwide.

Each program received up to $250,000 over 16 months to develop projects placing women in construction, plumbing and electronics jobs.

"The reason we are looking at these jobs is that they have the potential to greatly improve the economic status of women," said Ms. Massey, when she applied for the grant last November. "Usually, there are higher salaries, more flexible hours and opportunities for job advancement."

Although Baltimore and Carroll County will share the money, each will develop slightly different programs, Ms. Massey said. Carroll County will receive $99,682 of the money.

"We have some similar goals and some different ones," she said.

Demonstration-project grants are money to develop a program and materials that may be used elsewhere in the nation, Ms. Massey said.

"You don't realize the benefits of a demonstration project until it's ended," she said. "You look at what's in place and see its tremendous response and importance in the community.

"That wouldn't be possible without these grants," she said, "and that's why I go after them."

Ms. Massey said she won't have details about the project until after she meets with the federal Labor Department Tuesday.

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