Originally published in San Antonio Business Journals by James Aldridge

San Antonio’s Project QUEST has been awarded a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that will help more low-income residents get the training they need to fill jobs in information technology.

Project QUEST collaborated with the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, Communities Organized for Public Service, Metro Alliance, Workforce Solutions Alamo, Alamo Colleges and three of the largest chambers of commerce to provide the training.

“Through this collaboration, the long term unemployed in our community will have another avenue to gain employment and support their families,” said Sister Pearl Ceasar, executive director of Project QUEST.

The Labor Department is providing this grant as part of a long-term strategy of helping Americans who are struggling with long-term unemployment find good-paying jobs.

There were some 6.3 million people employed in the technology industry in the United States as of June 2014, an increase of nearly 119,000 jobs since the first of the year. The data, compiled by the TechAmerica Foundation, shows a 1.9 percent growth rate for the industry.