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Alliance Worknet receives grant to put people back to work

POSTED March 26, 2010 9:14 p.m.
A grant of $8 million in stimulus funds is headed towards the San Joaquin Valley to boost efforts of putting the thousands of unemployed back to work.
The U.S. Department of Labor is giving a Regional National Emergency Grant of $8.2 million to Tulare County on behalf of the nine Workforce Investment Boards that make up the San Joaquin Valley, including the Stanislaus County Alliance Worknet.
The funds are being made available under the Recovery Act and will be used to provide job training and reemployment services for an estimated 1,439 workers affected by current and projected layoffs within the San Joaquin Valley. The money will directly fund internships, new skill training, and employer subsidies.
“This funding will go directly to both train workers for emerging energy jobs and help put thousands of Californians in the San Joaquin Valley back to work over the next year,” said Senior Advisor and California Recovery Task Force Director Herb K. Schultz. “This funding will directly benefit one of most economically hard hit areas of California and provide a much-needed economic lifeline.”
The grant will be divided up among the nine Workforce Boards. It’s unknown at this time how much Stanislaus County will receive, but it is expected to be around a million, or slightly less. Stanislaus County has consistently recorded high unemployment rates over the last year, with the latest reporting at 19.1 percent for February.
“This money will greatly help in getting laid-off workers in the region the training and benefits they need so they can get back to work as quickly as possible,” Victoria Bradshaw, state secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Agency stated in a press release. “The nine workforce investment boards of the Valley have been diligent in their efforts to bring this new funding, available through the Recovery Act, back to the region. We thank them for their efforts and the U.S. Department of Labor for recognizing the extreme need in the Valley and for granting the funding request.”
The geographic areas covered by this funding are: The counties of Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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