Money coming for job retraining

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

There are a number of other lesser expenditures to assist in the training, such as $44,820 for passenger vans to Lively Vocational Tech in Tallahassee; lodging costs in Marianna for 12 truck driver trainees, which as $200 a week for hotel will run $19,200; and supportive service costs, for gas cards and the like, which run on average $200 per participant, of about $18,800.

“We have 24 months to work with,” said German. “Some training is 18 months and we need to pad in for testing or retakes for state licensure.”

Bodine said that the grant process to secure the funds took longer than is typical.

“I’ve never really quite been needled on a proposal like this one,” she said. “They wanted more and more detail but we don’t have a crystal ball.”

Bodine said the federal government has invested millions of dollars in projects around the nation related to fishery failures, and they are concerned the money is spent wisely.

“What they’ve seen is people will go to training but then do everything they do to stay in the same occupation,” she said. “It has to be something they can get a job in.”

German said that while she is waiting on a notice of funds availability, to arrive shortly, “my staff is sitting on go and is already started contacting the people.”



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