National Steel & Shipbuilding Co., one of San Diego's largest employers and the West Coast's largest shipyard, has been awarded a $500,000 state grant to retrain and find new jobs for hundreds of its workers, Mayor Maureen O'Connor announced Friday.
She said the retraining and job placement project, called the Nassco Re-employment Project, will help meet the needs of more than 1,000 employees who have lost jobs since January.
The project is expected to help 400 workers find new jobs and new careers within six months, according to O'Connor, who is chairwoman of the city-county Regional Employment and Training Consortium, which oversees government-funded job training in San Diego County.
In April, staff members of the Private Industry Council and RETC first began meeting with representatives of Nassco to discuss the job losses. The $500,000 grant was obtained from the state Job Training Coordinating Council, which advises Gov. George Deukemejian on job training matters.