Nearly $500,000 in federal workforce development funding was awarded to Riverside County for training programs to assist U.S. Armed Services veterans with procuring jobs in a number of fields, it was announced Tuesday.

About $5 million budgeted under the federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act has been allocated to agencies in six counties, according to the California Employment Development Department.

In addition to Riverside, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Ventura counties are recipients.

“EDD is proud to provide California veterans with the tools they need to transition into sustainable careers,” said EDD Director Patrick Henning. “This funding will help train and prepare former military personnel for high-growth civilian jobs.”

The EDD, which administered the federal allotment for the state, determined which counties should benefit based on a competitive application process.

The Riverside County Economic Development Agency’s grant totaled $488,635.

According to state officials, the goal is to prepare up to 1,200 veterans for jobs in administrative services, computer technology, construction, healthcare, manufacturing, renewable energy and retail trade,

The Riverside County EDD operates multiple Workforce Development Centers focused on job placement and career development.

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