LFUCG Set to Award $150,000 in Workforce Development Grants

LFUCG allocated $150,000 in its fiscal year 2017 budget for grants that develop our workforce.   This new budget item originated from the General Services & Planning link, a subcommittee tasked with reviewing a portion of the FY 17 Mayor’s Proposed Budget.  The first round of awards supports skills training for Lexingtonians and assists with employment entry/reentry.  Grantees must be public, nonprofit, or private agencies and must deliver services within Fayette County. These grants and the programs they support will help individuals earn a more livable wage, which will have a multiplier effect of good outcomes for their families and our community.

Below is the Office of Workforce Development‘s recommended list of the award winners, the amounts they are to receive following Council approval, and brief descriptions of the programs.

Urban League / Bluegrass Comm. & Tech. College ($37,500) – Provide Certified Fiber Optic Technician training courses to teach participants to install, terminate, and test multi-mode fiber optic networks. Provide soft skill training to participants.

Jubilee Jobs ($20,000) – Provide 2-week, 7-step employment assistance program: one-on-one professional resume preparation, mock interviews, job preparation and conflict resolution workshops.

Building Institute of Central Kentucky ($20,000) – Provide classroom, lab training, and licensure for HVAC, plumbing, electric, carpentry, and property maintenance. Will also provide training for: OSHAL 10, First Aid, CPR, and EPA608.

Opportunity for Work & Learning ($20,000) – Provide Forklift or Customer Service Representative Skills Certifications, job readiness, and soft skills

Hospice of the Bluegrass / Bluegrass Care Navigators ($20,000) – Provide tuition scholarships for participants to earn Certified Nurse Aid (CNA) certification, and to pay for their State Competency Evaluation test.

Food Chain ($20,000) – Provide on-the-job training to participants in Food Chain’s processing kitchen (culinary methods, employability soft skills, health department requirements, etc.)

Build Inclusion Inc. / Easter Seals Cardinal Hill / Down Syndrome Association of Kentucky ($12,500) – Provide high school students and young adults with disabilities with supported employment services (career-readiness, job exploration, job shadowing, internship opportunities, etc.)

The grantees will submit quarterly performance reports in coordination with the Office of the Chief Development Officer and the Workforce Development Manager.  If you would like additional context on this program, please see the associated presentation by Workforce Development Manager Elodie Dickinson at the March 21, 2017 Budget, Finance & Economic Development Committee meeting.  Should you or your organization be interested in future funding opportunites, please email Elodie Dickinson at edickinson(at)lexingtonky.gov.

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