Workforce Solutions and Cameron Works, along with other border programs, were recently awarded a $5,999,998 from the U.S. Department of Labor. The funds are issued via the department’s Workforce Innovation Fund’s Growing Regional Opportunity for the Workforce program.
The GROW grant was awarded to a consortium of five Workforce Investment Boards through the Border Workforce Alliance. Texas counties receiving the funding are: Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy, Starr, Jim Hogg, Zapata, Dimmit, Edwards, LaSalle, Maverick, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Zavala, Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Webb, Kinney and Presidio.
The local funds will be used to help train and prepare Texans to enter the workforce. GROW is designed to improve and streamline case management and supportive services offered to participants and to comprehensively link education and training programs to real employer workforce needs in the region.
A total of $146.9 million in Workforce Innovation Fund grants was awarded to 26 communities across the nation.
This article was originally featured in the June 20, 2012 edition of Valley Business Report’s e-Brief. To receive the e-Brief weekly via email, subscribe here.