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Getting People Back to Work

December 23, 2008

Salinas, CA – The Monterey County Workforce Development Board (WDB) is the recipient of a job training economic stimulus grant in the amount of $291,561. The grant comes at a time of increasing economic hardship and job uncertainty for many workers in Monterey County. The grant will provide job training, education and placement assistance to people who are out of work due to the economic downturn.

This is the third economic stimulus grant that Governor Schwarzenegger released. The first package went to Southern California and the second went to the 15 highest workforce investment areas with the highest raw number of new unemployment insurance claimants. This stimulus package addresses 25 regions that had yet to receive funding so that efforts can be made to provide job seekers a new chance for employment and training.

The mission of the WDB and its workforce development partners is to ensure people have access to resources that get them back to work. The grant will strengthen availability of training, education and placement assistance through the Monterey County workforce development system.

“The emotional blow of losing a job affects a person’s sense of security and confidence. The services provided by the workforce development community serve to balance such thoughts with those of hope and optimism,” stated Joseph Werner, Executive Director of the WDB.

This grant is part of an economic stimulus package that Governor Schwarzenegger released for $5.4 million in federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds directed to 25 regions of California.

BACKGROUND: The Monterey County Workforce Development Board (WDB)

The Monterey County Workforce Development Board was established through the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 and is designated by the Board of Supervisors to provide strategic planning, policy development, oversight and evaluation of the local workforce investment system.

The purpose of the Monterey County Workforce Development Board is to develop broad strategic policy for the county’s workforce development and economic interests, assist businesses in finding, developing and retaining a quality workforce, and supporting job seekers with funds for specialized workshops, classroom training, subsidized employment, and supportive services.

For more information, please contact Joseph Werner, Executive Director of the Monterey County Workforce Development Board, (831) 759-6644, wernerj@co.monterey.ca.us.

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