Money coming for job retraining

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 12:23 PM.

“That was the feds’ decision. This is an extension of that earlier grant, not a new grant,” said Bodine.

The biggest chunk of the money, $930,600, will be spent on an average of 36 weeks of “needs based payments” to those who take part, at $275 per week. This is paid out only during the training and licensure period, which varies depending on occupational choice.

A little more than $143,000, or 8 percent of the total, will be spent on funding non-personnel administrative costs. The hiring of a project supervisor, and two case managers, will take out $230,000 for 24 months, and when benefits are added in, will cost $310,500.

About 62 participants, or two-thirds of the total, are expected to enroll in training that includes correctional officers, auto technicians, commercial truck drivers, welders, and heavy equipment mechanics, among others (see sidebar).

The remaining third is targeted for enrollment in a combined GED-work experience program, which will enable them to receive their high school diploma as s step towards further training. This will cost the grant an average of $1,800 each, and include ca work experience component.

“Adult education can’t be a standalone activity,” said Jennifer German, deputy director of CSGC. “It must be paired with something else.”

The grant includes an on-the-job training wage supplementation for 15 participants at $7,500 each. This is paid directly to the employer to subsidize part of the worker’s pay.

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