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The Monterey County Workforce Development Board (WDB) receives four grants totaling $1,183,000 to serve Veterans, Foster Youth, Train Certified Nursing Assistants and Plan Offender Re-entry programs

February 13, 2007

Salinas, CA – The Monterey County Workforce Development Board (WDB) has successfully competed for four grants totaling $1,183,000. The following information describes these grants in detail, which are designed to provide employment services for Monterey County residents, most in need of job training.

“The Monterey County Workforce Development Board has successfully competed for these four grants that we believe will change hundreds of lives throughout Monterey County. In times of decreased funding for workforce development, we feel very appreciative that we have been funded for approximately $1.2 to serve our community,” stated Robert Brower, Sr., Chair of the Monterey County Workforce Development Board

1. Veterans Employment-Related Assistance Program Grant – $500,000

  • This grant provides innovative job training services; apprenticeships and internships to help veterans throughout Monterey County secure high-demand and high-wage jobs in the construction, healthcare and protective service industries.
  • The programs are open to veterans with service-related disabilities, veterans who have left military service within the past four years, veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, those who served shorter terms and reservists, eligible spouses of veterans and those who must overcome a variety of barriers as they enter the labor market.
  • This grant maximizes an in-kind contribution of $223,979 provided through a partnership with the Office for Employment Training, the Veterans Transition Center, the Monterey County Military and Veterans Affairs Office, the local State of CA Employment Development Department and the State Department of Rehabilitation to provide referrals, assessment, shared case management, outreach and placement, brochure printing and facilities for meetings and activities.
  • “Veterans have earned and deserve services that enable them to re-enter civilian life with as little disruption as possible. Many veterans, and their families, have had their lives changed as a result of military service and/or disability, and often face significant employment barriers. A program like this, which involves a variety of agencies and resources, can be a major factor in assisting in that transition,” said Richard Garza, Monterey County Military & Veterans Affairs Officer

2. High Concentration of Eligible Foster Youth, Additional Assistance Grant – $55,000

  • This grant allows for the expansion of services to serve 10 eligible foster youth to receive in-depth career assessment opportunities, tutoring, vocational training, work experience and On-the-Job Training opportunities in partnership with the Office for Employment Training and the Family and Children's Services Independent Living Program (ILP), a division of the Department of Social and Employment Services.
  • This grant maximizes an in-kind contribution $18,333 from the Family and Children's Services, ILP.
  • “The opportunities for securing jobs that can truly support emancipation for foster youth are difficult to come by. Our transitional aged foster youth need to enhance the skills they have through the opportunities that this grant can provide,” said Robert Taniguchi, Deputy Director of Family and Children's Services

3. Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Pipeline Training Grant – $528,705

  • This grant provides training, work experience and On-the-Job training services for 110 Certified Nursing Assistants through a partnership with the Office for Employment Training, Shoreline Workforce Development Services, Mee Memorial Hospital in King City, and the Salinas Adult School.
  • This grant maximizes an in-kind contribution of $305,904 from Mee Memorial Hospital, $37,128 from Shoreline Workforce Development Services and CNA training through the Salinas Adult School.
  • “With the world population living longer and needing more care, the healthcare field is one of the best places to get a job, and will likely stay that way for many years to come. Mee Memorial Hospital is proud to be a part of this local program helping individuals obtain the skills and training required to hold a certified nursing assistant position in a hospital. Because of this grant, local residents who would otherwise not be capable getting and maintaining a skilled position, can now do so,” stated Joyce Martinez, Chief Operating Officer of Mee Memorial Hospital

4. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Intergovernmental Partnerships (IGP) – Planning Grant - $100,000

  • The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation agency awarded this grant to the Monterey County WDB to establish partnerships with community-based organizations to design a plan for the development of successful models for parolee services that result in a safer community, a more collaborative and effective support network, and successful families and individuals.
  • The overall goal of this project is to develop innovative strategies to serve Monterey County residents in state correctional facilities before and after they are released; including the support of intensive local models that have achieved exemplary results with the homeless and “hardest to serve” populations.
  • A planning committee will consist of several agencies and organizations including the Monterey County WDB staff, Turning Point of the Central Coast, California State Parole Offices, Monterey County Behavioral Health, Monterey County Sheriff’s Department Office of Corrections, Monterey County Probation Department, Restorative Justice Partners Board, Victim Offender Reconciliation Program, and Interim, Inc. Additional members will be added to the planning group, as appropriate, to provide a broad analysis of the need and target population to be served.
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