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PAWTUCKET â€” Just days before Labor Day, U.S. Secretary of Labor visited the Blackstone Valley to meet students looking to enter the workforce in Pawtucket, tour a Central Falls manufacturing plan and help hand out about $1.4 million in new federal money for the state.
After meeting with youngsters participating in BVCAPâ€™s (Blackstone Valley Community Action Program), Secretary Hilda Solis said, â€śWitnessing the testimony of young people about what their efforts have been, what they have gone through, some of their challenges, is really something I think is very personal and very moving. I often wish that more people, not just in the cabinet but in the House of Representatives and the Senate could hear because they would have a better sense and idea about what these training programs are all about â€” they are about helping us prepare people for the future and our own competitiveness.â€ť
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