From the Daily News:
In October, LaGuardia Community College launched the Bloomberg administration's ballyhooed $2.5 million initiative to retrain Willets Point workers.
Four months and more than half a million dollars later, the Willets Point Workforce Assistance Project has yet to enroll a single worker in job training classes, Queens News has learned.
"We haven't done enrollment yet. We are still recruiting," said Linda Barlow, who was hired to direct the 19-month project, which ends in April 2010.
LaGuardia has attempted to recruit workers by reaching out to community groups in neighborhoods that surround the gritty industrial strip, Barlow said.
But project representatives have not gone to Willets Point to talk directly to workers since early October, shortly after the program was launched, Barlow said.
...many workers are ho-hum about the program, said Marcos Neira, who leads a group that represents 60 tenant businesses at Willets Point.
"We are not interested in that program," he said. "We are interested in getting relocation first. That is our major point."
Willets retraining enrollment: 0; $2.5M project still 'strategizing'
Just remember - Shovels in the ground by 2010!
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