Job Training and Support Services In-The-News: Week of May 23, 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.


May 24, 2016

Brookings: Employment and disconnection among teens and young adults: The role of place, race, and education

The following analysis and related interactive examine employment trends among teens aged 16–19 and young adults aged 20–24, and compares these groups with adults aged 25–54—those typically considered to be in their prime working years.

[…] Research suggests that youth employment programs with the following characteristics are most effective: They develop strong links between education, training, and the job market; focus on promoting healthy youth development; provide support services to address challenges such as childcare and transportation; offer opportunities for paid work closely aligned with or integrated into the program, and provide continuous support after job placement and program exit.

May 21, 2016

Florida Times-Union: ‘Hand up’: Jacksonville’s FreshMinistries connects people with ‘myriad of needs’ to services

When people in need seek employment assistance at FreshMinistries, the nonprofit’s own 10-week hospitality and certified nurse assistant training programs and a computer lab for job searches are among the options they are offered.

When they seek other kinds of job training, social and family services, financial literacy, youth programs, medical and mental health care, substance abuse treatment and educational opportunities — or all of the above — FreshMinistries’ Donell Neal provides guidance and a reassuring hand.

Neal runs the newly revived Direct Connect service at the nonprofit’s Weaver Center for Community Outreach near Jacksonville’s downtown sports complex. The free program connects low-income people with a range of services, some that are provided on site, others via referrals to other agencies.

May 20, 2016

The Philadelphia Tribune: Local Agencies Present Job Training Program

Philadelphia Works, the city’s Workforce Development Board, in collaboration with The Workplace, launched “Platform to Employment,” (P2E) a job training program for long-term unemployed (27 weeks or longer) residents of Philadelphia, at the PA CareerLink® Northwest Philadelphia Center, on May 11.

[…]“Platform to Employment aligns very closely with our federally-mandated directive to engage dislocated workers and those with barriers to employment. By providing a more comprehensive ‘wraparound’ approach to training and support, P2E significantly raises placement and retention rates, which ultimately benefits both the employer and career seeker with long-term, permanent employment.”

May 18, 2016

Your West Valley: Maricopa County, Surprise partner to support working low income families

Income eligible parents in Surprise and El Mirage will soon have access to a pilot program called Strengthening Working Families, which combines opportunities for workforce development training, childcare support and rental and utility assistance. The program, being piloted by the city of Surprise and Maricopa County, leverages Federal and State funds to support families in need by providing access to and coordination of the following services:

Workforce DevelopmentArizona@Work Maricopa County: Parents can participate in a free short-term job training program to enter a new career path or advance in their current career. Parents must meet income eligibility requirements and have children under the age of 5.

Child Care – Head Start/Early Head Start Partnerships: Head Start services will fill the child care need for eligible parents who are engaged in the program’s employment education and training activities. The child care will be provided at no cost.

Service Coordination – Community Action Program of Surprise: CAP of Surprise will provide long-term case management and service coordination to program participants. Parents will have a single point of contact to help them navigate through services that aim to support their efforts to increase their self-sufficiency as they improve work skills and increase income.


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Job Training and Support Services In-The-News: Week of May 16, 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.


May 17, 2016

WisBusiness.com: Panel: Employers need to involve themselves in skills gap solutions

If Wisconsin fixes its long-term skills gap problem, it’s going to be because employers help students early to figure out their best career options, according to a WisPolitics.com panel. That’s already happening in several places around Wisconsin, said Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce President Tim Sheehy. But more and more employers need to help policymakers and schools ensure Wisconsin has enough skilled workers in the future, he said.

[…] It’s more than just technical skills, she added, noting that companies look for “soft skills” such as critical thinking. Colleges also need to help address the several obstacles students face outside of school, such as hunger and homelessness, she said. “We have to make sure that the students have the credentials they need,” she said. “But they need to have all those wrap-around support services and good career planning to really be a productive value employee.”

State of Reform: FamilyCare awards $532,000 in grants to support BH access

ADELANTE MUJERES: $24,237 for increasing food security for Latina women and their young children. The grant will benefit those living in western Washington County who are enrolled in classes such as GED Prep in Spanish, computer skills, job training, and parenting and personal growth classes. This program is intended to (1) Increase Latino Families consumption of fresh, local produce and, (2) Inform and refer participants to federal benefit programs in order to improve participants’ food security.

May 12, 2016

RGV Proud: Texas Veterans Commission Awards $300,000 Grant to Help Valley Veterans

The Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA) announced that the Texas Veterans Commission through the Funds for Veterans Assistance program, awarded VIDA a $300,000 grant to provide educational and job training opportunities as well as supportive services for veterans in the Rio Grande Valley. The program name for this grant is VIDA for Veterans!

The TVC grant will allow VIDA to infuse its comprehensive wraparound support services program, which includes an intensive case management component that provides career pathway choices to underserved, unemployed, and underemployed Texas veterans, their surviving spouses and dependents (Beneficiaries) for all counties of the Rio Grande Valley.


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Job Training and Support Services In-The-News: Week of May 9, 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.


May 9, 2016

Al DÍA News: Philadelphia Works to launch employment job training program

This Wednesday, Philadelphia Works, in collaboration with The Workplace, will launch a new job training program for long term unemployed residents of Philadelphia. […] P2E, which began in Southwest Connecticut in 2011, combines a five-week job readiness training course with personal and family support services and financial counseling, all at no cost to the participant.

May 7, 2016

Casa Grande Dispatch: Arizona@Work Pinal County tries to match employers with workers

Now Pinal jobs officials have taken a new approach to getting jobs for people, talking to the businesses in the area to see what jobs are in demand. The idea is to get input from businesses on where they see their companies going, what sorts of positions they predict they will need to fill and making sure there is training for those jobs readily available.

[…] Arizona@Work is funded federally and uses the money to help with recruitment services, employee development programs and support services for existing businesses and employees. One of the resources that is available is AZjobconnection.gov, where people looking for jobs can peruse open positions, and employers can browse through resumes that are hosted on the servers.

May 6, 2016

Dayton Daily News: Thousands of youth summer jobs at risk, area officials say

The state is taking millions of dollars in funding from its subsidized summer employment program and putting it into a new year-round program that provides educational and training support to low-income young people.

[…] The year-round program will provide case management and wrap-around services to low-income and out-of-school youth between the ages of 16 and 24, said Hoffman. The new program’s goals are to provide education, training and other support to young people to maintain sustainable employment, break the cycle of poverty and address life issues like childcare and transportation, said Hoffman.

May 5, 2016

Boston Globe: Moms are making their way into construction industry

Some women find their way into the building trades through friends and family, the traditional route. In 2011, Building Pathways, a six-week pre-apprenticeship training program was launched to introduce women and minorities to the industry. According to a case study published by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City last fall, more than half of its 125 graduates were women. There are also efforts to strengthen the pipeline from vocational schools to union-apprenticeship programs. On March 30, the first-ever Massachusetts Girls In Trades Conference drew more than 400 female students.

[…] Once in the industry, women can face roadblocks, one of the more significant being child care. (Workers often are required to head to work long before day-care facilities open.) PGTI and Building Pathways are part of a team developing child-care solutions for women in construction.

May 4, 2016

Evanston Round Table: City’s Youth and Young Adult Division Provides Job Opportunities and Other Services, Reduces Violence

The City has more than 2,000 at-risk youth and young adults between the ages of 18 and 26, says Kevin Brown, who has overseen the City’s Youth and Young Adult Division for the past five years. Since his arrival, that Division has hired six outreach workers and has ramped up its efforts to reach out to at-risk youth and young adults, and to provide them services to meet their needs, often in partnership with other agencies and community organizations.

An important part of the outreach program is to stem violence in the community by connecting young adults with job opportunities and other supports and mediating disputes.


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Job Training and Support Services In-The-News: Week of May 2, 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.


May 4, 2016

LA Weekly: Robert Egger Dreamed of Changing the World Through music. He Changed it Through Food Instead

In 1989, Egger founded D.C. Central Kitchen. The groundbreaking meal distribution and job training program helped combat food waste and reduce homeless rates in a city reeling from Reagan-era social cutbacks and a sprawling crack epidemic. In the ensuing two and a half decades, D.C. Kitchen produced more than 30 million meals and helped 1,500 men and women gain full-time employment, with the program’s model spreading to 50 other “campus kitchens” across the country.

[…] In 2013, Egger returned to Los Angeles to launch L.A. Kitchen, an ambitious hybrid nonprofit and social enterprise located in a Lincoln Heights warehouse. It serves as both a nonprofit culinary job training center for former inmates and at-risk youth — where students use donated produce and food that would otherwise go to waste — and a separate, for-profit catering operation called Strong Food, which employs program graduates to prepare healthy food aimed at feeding low-income seniors.

April 30, 2016

Madison Magazine: Job training program makes a difference

It was a controversial concept: Require Wisconsin residents to work or get job training to be eligible for FoodShare benefits (commonly known as food stamps). Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in the state Legislature forged ahead with the idea in two consecutive budgets and allocated more than $50 million to the FoodShare Employment and Training program. Starting in April 2015, able-bodied adults without dependent children would be required to work 80 hours per month or enter the FSET program.

[…] I get gas vouchers every three weeks … I go to [Madison College] on the east side, I live on the southwest side and my job is in Oregon. They give me $35 every three weeks and that helps me tremendously. And since I work at least five hours a week, my daycare is pretty much covered in full. Because I’m a full-time student and part-time worker, that’s [a] tremendous help to me.

April 27, 2016

St. Louis Public Radio: Apprenticeship pilot program to train child care workers in St. Louis

The two-year program includes five weeks of classes, paid on-the-job training beginning at $9.50 an hour, and placement at an early childhood education program with pay scaling up to $13 an hour. Participants will graduate as Child Development Associates with a certification from the U.S. Department of Labor.

[…] Dawn Winkler, who directs an association of St. Louis day care centers called United 4 Children, said centers often struggle to find qualified employees who are willing to work for the wages they can afford to offer. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage for day care workers is $10.72, or $22,310 a year.

April 25, 2016

Naples Daily News: The Heights Foundation Expands Culinary Training and Job Placement Program

The Heights Foundation is expanding their culinary training and job placement program. The 14 week program, currently in place at The Heights Center will expand to include the Grace Church campuses in Cape Coral and Fort Myers in May. It was created to address the issue of unemployment and underemployment. The food service industry training is designed to develop job-specific technical skills as well as providing support services and experiences to address barriers to success including learning challenges, minimal academic skills, limited English Proficiency, financial literacy, transportation and scheduling concerns.

April 21, 2016

WKYC: Cuyahoga County starts job-training program for prisoners

On Thursday, County Executive Armond Budish announced the county is launching its own first program to help male prisoners learn job skills, deal with substance abuse issues and strive for more education. […] After they are released, former prisoners will keep getting job readiness training, case management and support services to help them re-enter the community and land a job.


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Job Training and Support Services In-The-News: Week of April 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.


April 19, 2016

Capital & Main: Women Convicts Train for a Future

Before Legend’s visit, In the Public Interest joined with the National Employment Law Project (NELP) to release a new report to bring attention to how unions are creating job training programs nationwide to help people coming out of prison. Programs like Washington’s own Trades Related Apprenticeship Coaching (TRAC) program prepare prisoners and the formerly incarcerated for one of the most difficult parts of reentering society, finding work.

[…] Washington Corrections Center for Women’s TRAC program trains incarcerated women in building and construction work, providing a leg up in earning entry into a union apprenticeship program that leads to a career with good wages and benefits.

Columbus Underground: Job Training Service Provides Bridge to Competitive Employment

Greenleaf, a Columbus job training facility targeting veterans, individuals with learning disabilities, and others “who face significant barriers to employment,” will launch their Community Work HABits program this year.

[…] Filling in that gap includes training in soft work skills, like how to interact with colleagues and how to adjust to a work environment. People in training will also learn the day to day tasks that accompany independence, like budget planning, navigating public transportation, and actively seeking out employment.

April 15, 2016

Prior Lake American: Back to school for South Korea native

A lot can get in the way of getting an education. During the May 2015-March 2016 period at the GED course, a total of 23 students attended and four passed at least one of the four GED tests. Six students showed level gains from their assessment at the start of the class. Some of those students didn’t attend often enough to accurately assess their progress. The Prior Lake-Savage site offers free childcare in the building for students who need it, but even then it can be hard to find the time and transportation required to complete the course.

ConstructionEquipmentGuide.com: Baker, Polito Announce Workforce Skills Capital Grants

NECAT [New England Center for Arts and Technology, Boston] will deepen its capacity to provide culinary training and support services to low-income adults facing barriers to employment, by purchasing several pieces of equipment, including kitchen appliances and computers.


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Job Training and Support Services In-The-News: Week of April 11, 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.


April 15, 2016

NPR: This Bakery Offers A Second Chance for Women After Prison

It’s [Together We Bake] a bakery in Alexandria, Va. that makes granola, cookies and kale chips for local eateries and a local Whole Foods store. It’s also a job-training and coaching program for women in need of a second chance — many of whom have served time in prison, or are on probation following criminal charges.

[…] Together We Bake also weaves in resilience training and empowerment classes to help trainees cope with their challenges. The sessions are overseen by Wright, who has a background in social work, and they’re often led by women who’ve been through the program. The curriculum is based on a book titled Houses of Healing, which lays out a mindfulness-based, research driven approach to help people change their behavior and overcome feelings of negativity and lack of self worth.

April 14, 2016

The Hour: FESP program helps women in need continue education

Now, The Family Economic Security Program, which comes from the Fairfield County Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls, is expanding, having started in September at Bridgeport’s Housatonic Community College. […] For five years, Norwalk Community College has been at the forefront of a program that provides low-income women with scholarships, emergency funds, financial and achievement coaching, and peer-to-peer mentoring.

[…] Citing trends that show younger, single mothers often working in low-wage jobs, if they are able to be employed at all, the program’s founders decided to tackle a skills gap that is keeping more women and families in poverty. Today, the enhanced FESP entails a workforce development component, coaching support, financial literacy development and access to community supports and more.

April 11, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Va., CVS collaborate on training program for young adults with disabilities

After graduating from Varina High School in Henrico in June 2014, Rushing entered a job training program at the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center in Augusta County.

Each year, the center helps about 3,000 people with disabilities attain independence, medical rehabilitation and employment through a variety of services. The center offers training in more than half a dozen trades, including automotive maintenance, food service, information technology and manufacturing.


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Job Training and Support Services In-The-News: Week of April 4, 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.


April 7, 2016

Monroe Courier: ‘Baby shower’ to support women’s education center

The Mercy Learning Center has a saying — educate a woman, educate a family. […] But a low-income woman in need of literacy and job skill programs could face an additional challenge if she is also the parent of a small child. Mercy’s day care center allows the women with infants and toddlers to attend classes and counseling sessions and meet with tutors without any worries about their young children.

KSPR: Closing the gender gap could grow the economy by $2.1 trillion

Every U.S. state has the potential to grow its economy by at least 5% if it can narrow the gender gap over the next decade, the McKinsey report [The Power of Parity: Advancing Women’s Equality in the United States] asserts. That means boosting women’s participation in the labor force as well as their (paid) work hours. It also means focusing efforts on creating jobs in industries that typically have hired fewer women than men, such as manufacturing and business services.

[…] Creating those jobs will require an additional investment of at least $475 billion, much of which would probably need to come from the private sector, the report suggests. That money could be invested in everything from infrastructure and innovation to talent development and skills training.

April 6, 2016

YourAlaskaLink: Downtown Soup Kitchen Hopes to Help Homeless Women Learn Job Skills

“We want to give women more than just the shelter, we want to give them a hand up and an ability to get some job training and to have something to get up in the morning for so we started the bakery,” Sherrie Laurie who is the Executive Director for the Downtown Soup Kitchen said.

The Bakery consists of a morning class where the women learn the technical aspects of baking before heading down to the kitchen in the afternoon, where they are taught the hands-on skills.

March 30, 2016

TheEagle: Veterans in San Antonio guided forward after being homeless

Guerra and the three members of his so-called navigator team combine the roles of outreach specialist, peer mentor and case manager. True to their title, the navigators seek to guide veterans living on the streets or in shelters into a place of their own, and then, over time, toward self-reliance.

The approach treats housing as the start of their reintegration rather than the endpoint. The navigators assist veterans in pursuing a new future by connecting them to drug and alcohol treatment, mental health counseling, medical care, job training and other supportive services.


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