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State grant to help retrain Central Valley farmworkers affected by drought

La Cooperativa Campesina de California, a Sacramento-based consortium of five nonprofit organizations, has been awarded a $1.73 million grant by the California Employment Development Department to retrain 267 farmworkers whose employment was affected by the state’s ongoing drought.

La Cooperativa said it will use the funds to provide the farmworkers with job skills to find work in emerging industries in the Central Valley, including the energy-efficiency and renewable-energy sectors.

Officials said most of the individuals receiving the training have limited job skills and occupational options, and live in regions with high unemployment levels.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover