Marina Del Rey Hospital is one of three businesses that have recently received a grant from the California Employment Training Panel.

State Sen. Jenny Oropeza is encouraging other businesses in her 28th District to apply for potentially millions of dollars in state grants to help train local workers for well-paying, environmentally friendly jobs.

“This is a green opportunity for qualified businesses to receive grants to better prepare their employees for tomorrow’s careers,” Oropeza, whose district includes Marina del Rey, said about anticipated 2010 grants from the Employment Training Panel. “By supporting the needs of state businesses for skilled employees since 1982, this program has been an effective tool for local firms to remain competitive.”

More than $500,000 was awarded to three businesses in the 28th Senate District for worker training and development, including CFHS Holdings Inc., also known as Marina Del Rey Hospital, which received $150,138 to train 249 employees.

Oropeza said the training panel is urging businesses to submit pre-applications for green/ clean related job training by April.

The panel, which has experienced historically high demands and recent fiscal shortfalls, said additional funding is expected next year.

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