Job Training and Support Services In-The-News: Week of August 29, 2016

Weekly Roundup of the news on women and supportive services in job training programs.

By Asha DuMonthier

Job training can provide an entry into family-sustaining jobs and careers. Many women in job training programs, however, face obstacles to success. Wraparound services—such as child care assistance, access to public benefits, and transportation or housing assistance—can help adults, particularly those with caregiving responsibilities, to complete programs that will ultimately improve their economic standing.


August 30, 2016

Huffington Post: #LaborOfLove

If you love your job or believe that work has given you dignity and independence, we invite you to pledge support for those in need of a hand up through the power of work. In observance of Labor Day, between August 30 and September 6, we invite you to sign our #LaborOfLove pledge to spread awareness about Goodwill and the importance of job placement and training programs for people looking for employment.

[…] It’s difficult balancing our demanding lives while earning credentials that matter so employers will hire us. Local Goodwill organizations customize services to help each individual and household along the road to personal and family sustainability by addressing career pathing, job searching, child care, transportation and financial wellness needs.

August 29, 2016

Star Tribune: Minnesota DEED seeks equity grant proposals

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is accepting proposals for six competitive grant programs designed to increase economic opportunities for people of color, women, youth, people with disabilities and veterans. The six new programs are part of $35 million in funds approved by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by Gov.  Mark Dayton in June.

[…] Women in High Wage, High Demand, Nontraditional Jobs Competitive Grant Programfocuses on closing the gender pay gap and encourages women to enter nontraditional fields such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or construction.

[…] Support Services Competitive Grant Programwill focus on low-income communities, young adults from low-income families and communities of color, offering job training, employment preparation, internships, job assistance to fathers, financial literacy, academic and behavioral intervention for low-performing students and youth intervention.

August 28, 2016

TAP into Sparta: New Jersey Youth Corps to be Offered by Project Self-Sufficiency

The New Jersey Youth Corps will take root at Project Self-Sufficiency this fall.  The program, funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development, provides young adults the opportunity to augment their literacy skills, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, obtain on-the-job work experience, and transition into a career, college or the military.

[…] Program participants will prepare for the high school equivalency examination, and receive a stipend of $100 per week, based on attendance for the full week.  Free transportation is provided.  Childcare is also provided free of charge at the Little Sprouts Early Learning Center.

Job Training and Support Services In-The-News: Week of August 22, 2016

Weekly Roundup of the news on women and supportive services in job training programs.

By Asha DuMonthier

Job training can provide an entry into family-sustaining jobs and careers. Many women in job training programs, however, face obstacles to success. Wraparound services—such as child care assistance, access to public benefits, and transportation or housing assistance—can help adults, particularly those with caregiving responsibilities, to complete programs that will ultimately improve their economic standing.


August 23, 2016

Juneau Empire: Central Council abruptly reduces employment training, support services

Due to a $650,000 cut in federal funding, Southeast’s largest tribal organization is discontinuing employment training and other services impacting more than 230 tribal citizens throughout the region.

[…] CCTHITA’s work experience program is just one of the effects of the federal budget cut. CCTHITA has received funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs since 1995 for programs that help low-income individuals get off public assistance through job training and support services. These programs are collectively known at 477 services, which refers to the federal Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Demonstration Act of 1992. This year, CCTHITA had budgeted $2.6 million for 477 programs. Corrine Garza, CCTHITA chief operating officer, said the budget shortfall stems from a lower than expected congressional appropriation to BIA.

[…] Support services were crucial, Martin said. “Just those basic extras that are needed in certain jobs or to assist them to retain employment, like the child care or get them a bus pass, interview clothing, work clothing — all those types of things we’re no longer able to provide to them,” he said.

August 22, 2016

Forbes: Inside Eat Offbeat, The Refugee-Run Kitchen That’s Satisfying Adventurous Eaters with a Taste for Social Good.

Chef Dhuha Jasim grew up eating potato kibbeh croquettes at home in Iraq. Now she earns a living wage preparing her mother’s exact recipe for New Yorkers at Eat Offbeat. The for-profit caterer specializes in authentic cuisine cooked by recently arrived refugee chefs for a growing list of corporate and non-profit clients in New York City. The small business currently employs a dozen of them, and right now, all of them are women.

[…] The women come to Eat Offbeat with a passion for home cooking but no commercial kitchen experience and minimal English skills. That’s where Juan Suarez de Lezo comes in. He’s Eat Offbeat’s chief culinary officer, and an alumnus of Michelin-starred restaurants like El Bulli and Per Se.

[…] The biggest problem is getting new employees to the Long Island City kitchen.

August 19, 2016

The Sparta Independent: Youth Corps offers a brighter future with diplomas and jobs

Project Self-Sufficiency, at a press conference last Thursday morning, announced the launch of the New Jersey Youth Corps to serve Sussex and Northern Warren County residents, ages 16 – 25, who have not completed high school.

[…] The sixteen-week program launches on October 10 and includes assessments, testing, employability skills training, life skills workshops, academic instruction, community service projects, field trips, and counseling services. Program participants will prepare for the high school equivalency examination, and receive a stipend of $100 per week, based on attendance for the full week. Free transportation is provided. Childcare is also provided free of charge at the Little Sprouts Early Learning Center.

Job Training and Support Services In-The-News: Week of August 15, 2016

Weekly Roundup of the news on women and supportive services in job training programs.

By Asha DuMonthier

Job training can provide an entry into family-sustaining jobs and careers. Many women in job training programs, however, face obstacles to success. Wraparound services—such as child care assistance, access to public benefits, and transportation or housing assistance—can help adults, particularly those with caregiving responsibilities, to complete programs that will ultimately improve their economic standing.


August 17, 2016

Calhoun Times: Tallatoona CAP, Inc. works with other agencies to serve Gordon County

According to Tallatoona’s Community Services Director April Rogers, the Pathway to Empowerment Program provides services and support to families who are committed to changing their lives by setting and achieving goals focused on career pathways, education, financial literacy, job training and life skills development. The Pathway to Empowerment Program also includes access to Employment Opportunities, Public Benefits and Income Supports (Childcare, Transportations, Etc.), Career Development, Employment Counseling, GED Assistance, Higher Education Assistance and Resume Development.

August 12, 2016

Gainesville Daily Register: NCTC receives $3.9 million for job training

The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded a TechHire grant to North Central Texas College (NCTC) for more than $3.9 million. Only 39 entities in the country received this grant designed to help individuals, ages 17-29, overcome barriers to employment. The grant also aimed at veterans and individuals with disabilities, those with limited English proficiency, criminal records, and long-term unemployment.

[…] Participants will receive supportive services and assistance, including tuition assistance and career services.

LVB.com: New Pa. CareerLink Center opens in heart of Bethlehem’s Hispanic community

Pennsylvania CareerLink Lehigh Valley opened a new center next to the Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem’s South Side to better serve the city’s large Hispanic population. Hispanics who live on the South Side often have trouble getting to CareerLink Lehigh Valley at 555 Union Blvd. in Allentown, either because they lack transportation, work several jobs, can’t find child care or have limited English, officials said.

[…] “This center will surround people coming to the Hispanic Center with access to the support services from the Hispanic Center coupled with the PA CareerLink employment and training tools to help people with career direction, training options and employment,” she said.

August 11, 2016

The Warner Cable News: Health Care Job Training Program Helps Low-Income Individuals Find Better Paying Jobs

More than 100 people in Rochester are registered for a health care job training program through Action for a Better Community. The Health Profession Opportunity Grant is a federally funded program to recruit, train and place low-income individuals into good paying jobs. ABC says early results of its labor program to train more than 1,000 people in health care jobs over the next five years is on track to make a positive difference.

[…] The $1.6 million federally-funded program is a five-year impact study to determine how these training programs help people find better jobs.

[…] The program provides support services, tuition, assistance with transportation to class, housing and childcare. It has more than two dozen community partners like Excellus, MCC, FLCC, BOCES and RochesterWorks.

Job Training and Support Services In-The-News: Week of August 8, 2016

Weekly Roundup of the news on women and supportive services in job training programs.

By Asha DuMonthier

Job training can provide an entry into family-sustaining jobs and careers. Many women in job training programs, however, face obstacles to success. Wraparound services—such as child care assistance, access to public benefits, and transportation or housing assistance—can help adults, particularly those with caregiving responsibilities, to complete programs that will ultimately improve their economic standing.


August 7, 2016

Tuscon.Com: Southern Arizona training program lifts students out of minimum wage

The Pima County Interfaith Council launched Jobpath in 1998. The program offers job training, matches students with scholarships to community college and places students in apprenticeships in the fields they hope to enter.

During the 2014-15 school year, the program supported 225 students, Dusenberry said. Students can receive financial assistance for school as well as for everyday needs, which was a big help for Popp while she earned her degree. Child care was a serious challenge Popp faced while she was in school — her youngest daughter was only in first grade at the time. The program helped with child-care expenses and provided gas cards to help her get her kids to school.

August 6, 2016

Crain’s Detroit Business: Michigan colleges leaders in offering Pell Grants to Prisoners

The college [Jackson College] is one of three in Michigan, and more than 60 across the country, to be chosen to participate in a U.S. Department of Education pilot program that will waive restrictions on federal Pell Grants for prisoners in order to find out whether more prisoners will pursue education if they have financial assistance.

[…] A few years ago, Michigan was one of three states, including New Jersey and North Carolina, chosen to participate in a five-year effort called Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education. Sponsored by the New York-based nonprofit Vera Institute of Justice and funded by several foundations — including the Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Ford Foundation, based in New York City — the Pathways pilot offered inmates within two years of their release date in Pontiac and Kalamazoo the chance to take college classes and receive other support services. Researchers will follow the inmates for two years once they’re paroled.

August 3, 2016

Gainesville.Com: $4M grant tackles barriers for job seekers

Once the Opportunity Quest program launches in late fall, CareerSource NCFL and its partners will provide the kind of entrepreneurship training it offered Springer through Startup Quest, as well as technology skills training, paid work experience and childcare for up to 250 parents with children under 13 in Alachua and Bradford counties. There is no cost to the parents.

[…] The agency was one of 11 awarded $25 million out of 127 applications through the Labor Department’s Strengthening Working Families Initiatives.

Job Training and Support Services In-The-News: Week of August 1, 2016

Weekly Roundup of the news on women and supportive services in job training programs.

By Asha DuMonthier

Job training can provide an entry into family-sustaining jobs and careers. Many women in job training programs, however, face obstacles to success. Wraparound services—such as child care assistance, access to public benefits, and transportation or housing assistance—can help adults, particularly those with caregiving responsibilities, to complete programs that will ultimately improve their economic standing.


August 2, 2016

New Hampshire Union Leader: At Omni, training for skilled manufacturing is the focus of Hassan visit

With New Hampshire’s unemployment rate at historic lows, businesses are struggling to fill positions — particularly in skilled manufacturing roles that require specific training. Helping solve that problem was the focus of a visit to Omni from Gov. Maggie Hassan Tuesday morning, when she encouraged employees to contact their state legislators and urge their approval of a new Gateway to Work initiative.

[…] The initiative, which Hassan first announced in this year’s State of the State address, would connect businesses with community colleges for apprenticeship programs, bulk up job training and generally seek to close the “opportunity gap” in the labor market.

[…] Hassan told assembled employees that Gateway to Work would help remove barriers to employment for people who want to work by helping to subsidize things like transportation and childcare. It would also include a program to help at-risk youth understand good work habits.

July 30, 2016

Seattle Times: Training, jobs open up as maritime sector’s workforce ages

Elizabeth Sotack, 29, arrived in Washington five years ago with Ameri­Corps, teaching environmental education and doing child-care work. When she decided she needed to make more money to pay off student loans, she enrolled in a welding training program she’d heard about on the radio. “When I started I literally knew nothing,” said Sotack. Two years later, she’s now working as a welder for Vigor Industrial, earning twice as much as before.

[…] Created in 2013 in the heart of Portland-based Vigor Industrial’s Seattle shipyard, the training center is a partnership between the company and South Seattle College.

July 29, 2016

Daily News: Trying to get back to work? LA Valley College job training program is accepting applications

Those accepted into the free, competitive program receive nine weeks of intensive professional development while volunteering at local nonprofits.

[…] While open to professionals of all ages, LA Fellows “really targets a niche of ‘mature workers’ who are 40 and over, who might have degrees, might be transitioning, but need support, guidance and direction with the new job search and job search tactics,” Marriott said.

[…] LA Fellows is one of several workforce academies at the college that is benefitting this year from a state grant to help participants better deal with relationship and personal issues, including elder care and child care, for a more holistic approach, Marriott said.

July 28, 2016

Washington City Paper: D.C. Is Trying to Get More Struggling Moms Back to Work as a Benefit Cut Looms

Branch is at a training for a job placement program known as LEAP (Learn Earn Advance Proposer) for people who receive cash through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). It gives these women a shot at a District-funded internship with the city or a private company, which in turn offers them a chance to earn a permanent position.

[…] The program began in March 2015, and three groups have completed the training process, in which participants learn interview skills, hear about workplace expectations, network, and receive childcare and transportation help.

The Post and Courier: Job seekers’ education often outpaces employers’ needs, new study shows

South Carolina’s business leaders have long worried that the state has a shortage of trained workers, people ready to fill the high-skilled jobs they badly want to attract. But a new study suggests that the state’s workforce doesn’t lack for education. In fact, thousands of South Carolinians may be overqualified for their jobs, according to the analysis conducted by the state Department of Employment and Workforce.

[…] Earlier this month, business leaders launched a website that gives students a career aptitude test — and pairs it with data about what industries are growing in the region. The tool, called the Charleston Regional Career Headlight, aims to make sure the region’s new jobs are filled by locals, not just newcomers

Job Training and Support Services In-The-News: Week of July 18, 2016

Weekly Roundup of the news on women and supportive services in job training programs.

By Asha DuMonthier

Job training can provide an entry into family-sustaining jobs and careers. Many women in job training programs, however, face obstacles to success. Wraparound services—such as child care assistance, access to public benefits, and transportation or housing assistance—can help adults, particularly those with caregiving responsibilities, to complete programs that will ultimately improve their economic standing.


July 17, 2016

New Hampshire Union Leader: NH Job Corps Center hopes more women will enroll

The buildings are new and spacious, the food is fresh and tasty, the setting is green, and classes move at the students’ pace. Best of all, it’s free. But the New Hampshire Job Corps Center, which opened to high praise and promise last fall, hasn’t been able to entice enough young women to enroll in its programs, the organization acknowledged last week. The facility is equipped for 150 students of each gender, but as of last week, only 73 women were enrolled.

[…] Several women students said Job Corps and the state’s workforce development system, New Hampshire Works, have to do a better job of getting the word out. Several interviewed said they found out about Job Corps by word of mouth, either from a parent who read about it in the newspaper or from a friend.

July 14, 2016

Carmichael Times: Women’s Empowerment Graduates 27 Formerly Homeless Women

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Women’s Empowerment was recently featured on NBC’s TODAY Show and CNN’s Impact Your World for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The 2014 Organization of the Year has graduated 1,349 homeless women and their 3,500 children. Last year, 93 percent of graduates found homes and 83 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded solely through private donations from the community.

July 13, 2016

Michigan Chronicle: Detroit prepares to pilot new workforce training program

Representatives of the Seattle Jobs Initiative will visit Detroit July 14 to share how they developed a new employment and training initiative in Washington State that has generated $33 million in additional workforce funds, and that is now set to be piloted in Detroit.

[…] Under the program, states can be reimbursed for up to 50% of any non-federal dollars spent on employment, training and work support services for eligible individuals.  In Washington, the State used a third-party match arrangement, whereby community colleges and community organizations provided the services and received most of the reimbursement funds.  Over 50,000 residents there had received services as of 2015, and now Detroit has worked with JPMorgan Chase and Corporation for a Skilled Workforce to develop a pilot program with the State of Michigan.

July 10, 2016

The Washington Times: Governor’s $8 million job training initiative faces delays

In February, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan announced a new $8.3 million initiative aimed at helping low-income people find good-paying jobs. Called Gateway to Work and slated to have begun July 1, the program would target people making up to 200 percent of the federal poverty line, give them skills training, access to transportation or help with child care and send them to employers desperately in need of qualified workers. Ideally, a job would eliminate need for public assistance. But a 10-member legislative committee tasked with approving the funding for a six-month pilot has yet to do so, and it’s unclear if it ever will.

 

Job Training and Support Services In-The-News: Week of June 27, 2016

Weekly Roundup of the news on women and supportive services in job training programs.

By Asha DuMonthier

Job training can provide an entry into family-sustaining jobs and careers. Many women in job training programs, however, face obstacles to success. Wraparound services—such as child care assistance, access to public benefits, and transportation or housing assistance—can help adults, particularly those with caregiving responsibilities, to complete programs that will ultimately improve their economic standing.


June 24, 2016

The Chronicle-Telegram: United Way Begins $1M Collaborative to Assist Single Moms

United Way of Greater Lorain County has committed nearly $1 million to help get single moms into higher-paying jobs. Over the next three years, the nonprofit will give $300,000 per year to fund a new collaborative called WE3 — Women Empowered, Educated and Employed. The group connects United Way and Lorain County Community College with 10 other nonprofit government and education organizations.

[…] Elyria Public Library director Lyn Crouse said women would often come in seeking these types of services, but until the collaborative formed, library staff didn’t know where to send them. “Unifying into one resource-sharing network with common applications, knowledge of each other’s programs and services, and the name of a contact person we can call directly to ask on a patron’s behalf is the best way to deliver customer satisfaction and truly help people,” she said.

June 23, 2016

GSA Business Report: Nonprofit gets $4 million grant for job training with child care

A Greenville nonprofit has received a $4 million U.S. Department of Labor grant that will be used to provide both free training and certification for advanced manufacturing jobs and child care for low-income parents in Greenville and Laurens counties. Family Footprint CEO and Founder Natalie Milom said a public-private partnership is starting the initiative that is expected to serve about 700 parents over the next four years.

Milom said the partnership includes advanced manufacturing employers, nonprofit organizations, child care entities…The Secure Families Initiative aims to “close the skills gap for advanced manufacturing companies by providing training and certifications at no cost to low-income parents who desire to work towards a career in this sector,” Milom said in a statement. She said the training “will prepare parents for middle to high-skill positions such as CNC machinists, mechatronics technicians, and welders.”

VT Digger: People’s United Community Foundation Awards $5,000 to Umbrella’s Transitional Job Training Program

Umbrella provides safety, support and services to women and families throughout Caledonia, Orleans and Essex Counties. The organization’s four primary programs offer domestic and sexual violence crisis and prevention, child-care resource and referrals, supervised visitation, and trauma-informed vocational training.

[…] “Job training programs and other support services are critical in helping individuals transition to self-sufficiency,” said Michael Seaver, Officer, People’s United Community Foundation and President, People’s United Bank, Vermont. “Umbrella does an incredible job of breaking down the barriers for low-income women and providing the necessary skills to be successful.”

June 17, 2016

Sun Sentinel: Community Training Group Gets $4 million Federal Grant

OIC of South Florida has received a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to help parents with child care so they can advance their careers through job training. […] OIC of South Florida in Oakland Park is a work force, job development and training center.

VT Digger: Vermont Tech Receives $4 Million Federal Grant for Manufacturing Training

The US Department of Labor grant, awarded to Vermont Tech on Tuesday, is the only grant awarded in the nation that will serve an entire state. The grant will help support the Vermont Supported Training Education and Employment Partnership (VSTEEP), a comprehensive, statewide, public/private partnership focusing on building innovative and evidence-based practices, systems and protocols to remove barriers faced by working, low-income Vermont families in accessing and succeeding in education and training to improve their job prospects and put them on a path to economic independence.

[…] VSTEEP partners will assist participants in addressing child care issues and other barriers to training and employment through navigation services, direct assistance and leveraging all available federal, state and private resources.