NM getting $1.6 million for youth job training

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Two New Mexico organizations will share more than $1.6 million for programs that help young people get a high school education while being trained for construction jobs.

YouthWorks in Santa Fe will receive about $935,000 and HELP-New Mexico Inc. in Albuquerque will receive $720,000.

The funds come under a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's YouthBuild program. The awards were announced by Democratic U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall.

YouthWorks will use the money to help participants work toward a GED while learning skills for green construction jobs. The program includes building 10 apartments for homeless and low-income people.

HELP-New Mexico will help rural Hispanic and Native American residents obtain a GED while participating in a 1-year construction training curriculum.