Kansas awarded engineering grant

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) The Kansas Department of Commerce has been awarded a four-year, $5 million grant to help train more engineers for the workforce.

The funds are from the U.S. Department of Labor.

State Commerce Secretary Pat George says the grant fits with a program approved this year by Kansas lawmakers aimed at graduating more engineering students from state universities.

George says the federal grant is intended to reduce the number of foreign workers hired in the United States. It will be funded from the fees paid by employers who hire foreign workers under a federal visa program.

Kansas employers can apply for funds from the grant to provide training for engineering graduates and for qualified engineers who are unemployed.