Workforce Development Capacity Building and Technical Assistance Fund
The following communities and regions received funding through this program:
ALABAMA: Reinventing Career Readiness for Future Success -- $149,590: Provide career readiness training sessions for the unemployed and underemployed by incorporating WorkKeys curriculum into job training and soft skills education (Greene, Hale, Perry, Sumter, and Wilcox Counties).
ALABAMA: A Multilayered Analysis of Current and Projected Education -- $150,000: Analyze current and projected education and workforce development needs of untapped key workforce populations, such as young adults, dislocated workers, ex-offenders, and Native Americans, particularly those with or without a secondary credential and without postsecondary plans (Washington, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Monroe, and Escambia Counties).
KENTUCKY: Work Ready Communities -- $100,000: Hold region-wide workforce development system planning sessions ending with a strategic plan to advance the productivity and economic competitiveness of the region’s workforce with support of Jobs for the Future (Union & Webster Counties).
LOUISIANA/MISSISSIPPI: Certified Work Ready Region -- $150,000: Create a Certified Work Ready Communities region in central Louisiana and Adams County, Mississippi to strengthen the workforce skills of the region, document those skills, align workforce skills with employer needs through employer summits, and give the region a competitive economic edge based on local advantages (Adams County-MS; Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, & Winn Parishes).
LOUSIANA: Hammond Career Pathways Program -- $150,000: Mentor high school juniors, examine local career opportunities, and help them gain the prerequisite soft skills needed to pursue employment. Leaders are also building partnerships with local industry along Lake Pontchartrain to connect graduates with local jobs. (St. Helena, Tangipahoa, & Washington Parishes).
MISSISSIPPI/LOUISIANA: Miss Lou Workforce Development -- $73,000: Partner with WIN Job Centers and technical and community colleges to assess skills of workforce, aptitude and training needs to prepare counties and parishes to become Work Ready Communities (Adams County, MS; Concordia Parish, LA).
MISSOURI: Workforce Development in the Meramec Region -- $128,460: Implement the approved ACT Certified Work Ready Communities plans in four counties by increasing residents with National Career Readiness Certificates and building employer partnerships (Crawford, Dent, Phelps, & Washington Counties).
MISSOURI: The Keys to Success -- $148,000: Identify new strategies for the southeast Missouri region to appeal to younger students in career exploration efforts, assist regional businesses in workforce recruitment and retention efforts, and plan for an emerging challenge in information technology positions in area companies needing a highly trained workforce in a mostly rural region (Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Scott, & Stoddard Counties).
TENNESSEE: Solving the Skills Gap -- $125,000: The Memphis Chamber Foundation will help to create a Manufacturing Council and conduct a MADE IN FAYETTE COUNTY study to identify workforce needs and job projects with skills sets (Fayette & Shelby Counties).
TENNESSEE: Haywood County Workforce Development -- $50,000: Train leaders in Haywood County to plan system reform and obtain certification as an ACT Certified Work Ready Community by connecting students, adults, and disconnected youth to knowledge and skills required by local business and industry leaders (Haywood County).
TENNESEE: Work Ready Communities: Training Northwest Tennessee's Laborforce – $150,000: Dyersburg State Community College will partner with the local workforce investment board to connect local residents to National Career Readiness Certification opportunities and identify skill levels needed for currently-available jobs (Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, Obion, Tipton, & Weakley Counties).
TENNESSEE: REDI College Mentor Program - $150,000: Implement the REDI/Tennessee Promise College Access Program to enhance the existing College Mentor Program that works with high school seniors in 19 high schools in Southwest Tennessee to connect them with learning opportunities and available skills training (Chester, Crockett, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Madison, McNairy, & Tipton Counties).