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Golden Sierra Awarded Tech Preparedness Funding

The Capital Area Regional Planning Unit (RPU) a partnership of Golden Sierra, Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA), Yolo Co and North Central Counties Consortium (NCCC)  was awarded $66,000 from Round 2 of “Slingshot” to help address the issues associated with technology on the workforce.  The Round 2 funding supports the overall Slingshot objective of income mobility and further supports the collective work of the four Workforce Boards in the RPU.  The funding will be used to convene four “Technology Preparedness Forums”, one in each of the respective Workforce Areas.  The forums will provide an opportunity for leaders from the Region’s critical industry clusters to share information directly with workforce development professionals regarding the impacts of technology on the workforce.  The forums should help shape the scope of services provided to job seekers throughout the workforce development system.

The Slingshot funding is part of an ongoing initiative of the California State Workforce Development Board with a focus on income mobility.

 

SS Funding Request Capital Region

Golden Sierra to Receive $175,000 for Work Based Learning Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

The Golden Sierra Disability Employment Accelerator (DEA) project plans to establish 20 work-based learning opportunities that will lead to long-term employment, good wages, and a career ladder. Golden Sierra’s business engagement and case management teams will work closely with employers in high demand industry clusters to build relationships that result in individualized referrals of qualified participants. Scholarships for occupational skills training will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To ensure the support of the employers and to improve employment retention, the DEA project plan will also include a business education component. Workshops and seminars designed for businesses will explain the value of hiring, training, and retaining PWD. Retention efforts will also be supported by 12 months of follow-up services for the participant. Follow-up services include individualized counseling regarding workplace issues and may include the continued development of learning skills, communication skills, and professional conduct skills.

Visit: http://www.edd.ca.gov/Jobs_and_Training/pubs/wssfp16-09Award.pdf for more information

Disability Employment Accelerator Round 2

Golden Sierra Job Training Agency awarded $150,000  to promote employment opportunities for persons with disabilities (PWDs), eliminate sub minimum wage placements, and transform the employer’s perspective about the capabilities of PWDs. Employers need access to a skilled and reliable talent pool. This project continue to build upon the successes of previous awards and will provide PWDs the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and demonstrate their ability to obtain competitive and integrated employment within the Golden Sierra region.

 

Disability Employment Accelerator

The Employment Development Department (EDD), in coordination with the California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB) and the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), awarded Golden Sierra $166,000  in Workforce Investment Act (WIA) discretionary funds to design, develop, and implement projects that accelerate employment and re-employment strategies for people with disabilities (PWDs).

Building on Golden Sierra’s historical success in serving the PWD population the DEA grant will allow Golden Sierra to provide solutions to some of the most difficult challenges that are keeping PWDs in the region from achieving success in jobs and careers. With the additional DEA funding, GS will be able to refine and develop greater coordination with DOR, PIRS, Crossroads, PRIDE, Goodwill, CalWORKs, Employment Development Department, More, Probation, local businesses and apprenticeships through “earn and learn” engagements such as On-the-Job Training (OJT), Work Experience (WEX) and other subsidized wage initiatives. GS will also be able to identify and accelerate existing skills through pre-employment workshops. In addition, attainment of industry-valued credentials and customer service training will be offered to increase employer access to a highly-trained, qualified, culturally-competent workforce.