Over $1.3M in grant funds awarded for Training to Work program
For Immediate Release:
July 19, 2016
Valerie Swift, Senior Director, Community Engagement, Goodwill Central Texas, 512.574.4242
Goodwill Central Texas awarded over $1.3M in grant funds for Training to Work program
AUSTIN, TX — Goodwill Central Texas has been awarded a grant of $1,360,000 for their Central Texas Training to Work 3 Program (T2W3) by the U.S. Department of Labor. The T2W3 program is geared to serve participants over several years as they reintegrate into the local economy after being released from incarceration. The program will allow Goodwill to offer occupational skills training in industry-recognized certifications, which will develop career pathways and help prevent recidivism.
The T2W3 program is 100% financed by the Department of Labor/Employment & Training Administration, and will serve a total of 170 participants, including veterans.
Six core services will be offered though the T2W3 program: Case Management; Mentoring; Education; Training Leading to Industry-Recognized Credentials; Workforce Activities Leading to Employment; and Follow-Up Services.
The participants will also be trained in either Basic Construction or Heavy Truck Driving.
Goodwill will leverage existing agency services such as The Goodwill Excel Center, an open-enrollment dropout recovery charter high school with the unique authority to grant a high school diploma to individuals up to age 50, and Goodwill Staffing Group, a full-service temporary and temp-to-hire staffing service that places more than 900 individuals each year with public and private entities.
Returning citizens will be equipped with the tools they need to succeed at a career and achieve economic stability, including job readiness skills, occupational skills, educational support, and workforce activities (including job placement and work experiences). Case management, mentoring, career exploration, and career advancement will further prepare returning citizens for sustainable employment.
For more information from the U.S. Department of Labor, visit https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20160624.
About Goodwill Central Texas:
Goodwill Central Texas is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to generating lifelong connections to work. Revenue generated through the sale of donated goods is used to fund education opportunities, career-readiness training, and placement services for Central Texans. For more information about Goodwill Central Texas, go to www.goodwillcentraltexas.org.