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SACA receives second grant for Lancaster training center

By , - Last modified: September 28, 2011 at 12:07 PM

A planned bilingual job-training center in the heart of southeast Lancaster will benefit residents who lack the transportation to reach more distant locations, a representative for the Spanish American Civic Association said this morning.

The association, known as SACA, intends to build such a facility, dubbed Tec Centro, at a former factory site at 102 Chester St. This week SACA received a $1.3 million grant for the center from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration.

That follows on the heels of a $1 million grant last month from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

"The access is really the key — the access and the language," SACA spokeswoman Alison Weber said.

SACA hopes to partner with local educational and job training institutions, including Harrisburg Area Community College, to provide classes at Tec Centro in skilled trades, office support and similar areas, Weber said. The organization is pleased to receive the grants and is looking forward to getting construction under way, she said.

SACA has said it hopes to open Tec Centro in late 2012. Weber could not immediately provide further details or a project cost.

"The development of a technology center that offers bilingual services and integrates language development, adult basic education, skills training, and job placement into one seamless program has long been needed in our community," SACA Executive Director Carlos Graupera said in a statement.

"The creation of the technology center is a game changer for a community that has double digit unemployment, underemployment, and is hungry for opportunities to move up the economic ladder."

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