Agency cutbacks saved vocational training program

Thursday, January 1st 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- The Department of Rehabilitation Services cut back staff and services so it could give vocational training to 1,820 disabled Oklahomans.

The people have been on a waiting list since July, and now they're getting job training and learning job search skills.

The department limited the number of people who got the services at first because of budget cuts.

Department spokeswoman Jody Harlan says the extra services will cost $1.5-million.

Department director Linda Parker says the department has struggled all year to find money for the program.