California getting over $1.8 Million for farmworker career training
June 12, 2013
• Goes to three Central Valley counties
• “Will open up new opportunities to find a long-term job”
The U.S. Department of Labor is making $9.1 million in grants to seven organizations through the National Farmworker Jobs Program to combat chronic unemployment and underemployment for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families.
Central Valley Opportunity Center, Inc., of Winton is getting $1,823,870 of the total, which will be used for training in Merced, Madera, and Stanislaus counties.
"Many farmworkers face significant barriers to stable employment, making life difficult for them and their families," says acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris. "The grants awarded today will open up new opportunities to find a long-term job."
The money is expected to help farmworkers upgrade their agricultural job skills or acquire new skills in industries that offer higher wages and more stable employment. In addition, participants will receive supportive services such as transportation, nutrition, and childcare, which remove barriers to farmworkers pursuing training and enable them to begin new careers.