In mid-April Gov. Gray Davis announced $9.8 million in grant monies to further fund youth programs throughout California.
The funds are administered by the California Workforce Investment Board.
Imperial County's slice of the monetary pie is $633,689 and that money will go to a new program run by Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program.
Anna Vizcaino, project coordinator for the program, Project GOALS (Gaining Opportunities And Leadership Skills) says the program is designed to reach students in local community schools.
"These students are our most at-risk youth in our community and they have little or no access to vocational training and work experience programs. With this new program we'll be able to go to their community schools and offer these programs and training right there at the school site," Vizcaino said Tuesday.