Pasadena Group Awarded Federal Funds To Help Veterans

Published : Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 5:06 AM

The Pasadena-based Foothill Workforce Development Board (FWDB) has received federal funding to continue training programs that would help U.S. military veterans find jobs in their chosen fields, according to a statement by the California Employment Development Department Tuesday.

The FWDB is one of 11 organizations in the state that received Veterans’ Employment-Related Assistance Program grants totaling $5 million for the benefit of about 1,200 veterans who are seeking to secure jobs in growing industries. The funds were budgeted under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

“EDD is proud to provide California veterans with the tools they need to transition into sustainable careers,” EDD Director Patrick Henning said. “This funding will help train and prepare former military personnel for high-growth civilian jobs.”

The EDD statement showed FWDB has been awarded $488,635 in federal workforce development funds in support of the Board’s training programs for veterans.

In addition to Los Angeles and Orange counties, funds were awarded to organizations in Contra Costa, San Diego, Riverside and Ventura counties.

The EDD said the recipient organizations were selected through a competitive selection process as part of the 2019 Veterans’ Employment-Related Assistance Program.

Services to veterans will include career assessments, job workshops and on-the-job training targeting such industries as administrative and professional services, healthcare, advanced manufacturing and technology, protection services, computer information and technology, renewable energy, construction, transportation and logistics, and customer service or retail sales.

The FWDB serves employers and job seekers residing, working and doing business in the San Gabriel Valley. It makes investments in workplace skills development and job-specific training to help workers gain skills or obtain education and credentials that employer’s value. In turn, it also builds relationships with businesses to understand their hiring needs and match them with qualified workers.

The Board operates two Foothill Employment and Training Connection centers, in Pasadena and in Monrovia, which serve youth job seekers aged 16 to 24, veterans, laid-off workers, long term unemployed, and the disabled as well as employers, business owners, chambers of commerce and economic development organizations.

To learn more about the FWDB, visit www.fwibworks.org.

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