Some good job news for a change in this bleak economy: Massachusetts has a new Workforce Training Fund and an Arlington, Mass. alarm company is one of the beneficiaries, according to a recent news report.
The Arlington Patch said American Alarm & Communications will receive $56,805 from the state to train its workers.
American Alarms is one of 138 Massachusetts companies that will receive more than $11.3 million in grants for workforce training, according to a release from the governor's office. Employers project that these training funds will help produce 1,700 new jobs.
The fiscal year 2012 budget established the Workforce Training Fund as a trust fund, allowing for collection and disbursement of funds as needed by businesses, rather than on an annual appropriation cycle.
In total, the grants announced Monday will support up to two years of training, create about 1,700 new jobs and train a total of 13,000 workers.
A spokesman at American Alarm said the company is receiving the grant under its workforce training portion. American Alarms personnel will be trained in three curricula: customer service, project management and sales.
"This won’t be used to directly hire anybody," the spokesman said. "But it's about making sure the company stays well, providing great service."