WSOS Receives $6.1 million in Grant Funds from U.S. Department of Labor for Job Training
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $6,122,500 Ready to Work Partnership grant to WSOS Community Action Commission (WSOS) to train 600 long-term unemployed and veterans seeking work in middle and high-skilled occupations across 17 counties in Ohio. The grant will help individuals reach their goals of education, training, and a stable job.
This grant is part of a $170 million federal initiative to expedite the employment of Americans who are struggling with long-term unemployment. The Ready to Work grant is a partnership between employers, industry association partners, higher education training providers, adult career technical centers, workforce investment boards, American Job Centers, and the WSOS Community Action Commission.
WSOS will utilize its grant to fund the JobsOhio Region 2 H-1B Ready to Work program. The program will provide participants in Williams, Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Crawford, Wyandot, Hardin, Hancock, Wood, Henry, Putnam, Allen, Van Wert, Paulding, and Defiance counties with career awareness and coaching, supportive services, assessments and/or testing, certifications in the advanced manufacturing, information technology, healthcare, and environmental fields, as well as apprenticeship programs, internships, on-the-job training, and job placement.
The program will be carried out through partnerships with Area 7 and 8 Workforce Investment Boards, the Lucas County Economic and Workforce Development Agency, Penta Adult Career Center, Terra State Community College, Vantage Career Center, Northwest State Community College, Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology, and more than 20 employers in the targeted industries along with several community and veteran organizations.
“With this Ready to Work Partnership grant, we will ensure individuals have the credentials they need to enter and succeed in a new career and advance within our communities. We are committed to ensuring participants have the skills to succeed,” said Ruthann House, WSOS President/CEO -“This grant provides a win/win partnership for individuals and employers and recognizes the combined efforts of community, education, and business leaders to strengthen workforce training and development to meet the economic development needs of communities.”
“Terra State is so pleased to join with WSOS and several other great partners to address the needs of the long-term unemployed and veterans – This is an exciting time for the northwest Ohio region, and we want to do all that we can to support our citizens in obtaining employment. We are committed to great collaborations such as this one with stellar leaders in our community to raise the regions educational attainment in higher education, and support career advancement,” said Jerome E. Webster, Ph.D., President, Terra State Community College.
For more information about WSOS employment programs or other services, call WSOS Community Action Commission at 1-800-775-9767 or 419-334-8911, or visit www.wsos.org