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News Release No.: 13-06A

Date: February 19, 2013 $19 million State Grant will help 2,500 unemployed California workers find jobs in high-growth industries Hollister, CA – San Benito County has been awarded $400,000 from the $19 million State training grant which will help 2,497 Californians in 14 counties move quickly off the unemployment rolls and into new careers in high-wage jobs in growing industries.


The $19,049,512 grant will provide job training and job search assistance to laid-off workers in Alameda, Colusa, Contra Costa, Glenn, Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Sutter and Yuba counties. This assistance will be provided by the California Multi-Sector Workforce Partnership, which is a statewide collaborative of 14 Workforce Investment Boards. San Benito County’s share will be approximately $400,000 to serve 50 dislocated workers from three local employers: Hollister School District, Milgard Window and the County of San Benito.


Enrique Arreola, Deputy Director of Community Services and Workforce Development has recently received notice that new lay-off events can be included in this grant. “We are in the process of identifying employers who have recently, or are planning on undergoing layoffs, to be included in the Multi-Sector Workforce Partnership” said Mr. Arreola.


Individuals will receive training in high demand growth occupations. Training will take place in the form of classroom vocational training, On-the-Job Training or Work Experience. In addition, anyone that enrolls will be eligible to receive supportive services to assist with the training.


All Services will be provided at the One Stop Career Center. “We are excited to receive these funds and are confident that the training provided will open the doors to a better future” said Mr. Arreola. “California is steadily adding jobs as we work our way out of the deepest economic downturn in more than seven decades,” California Employment Development Department (EDD) Director Pam Harris said. “While we have taken great strides, we still have far to go.


Many workers remain unemployed because they lack the skills needed in the economy of the 21st Century. This grant will provide them with the tools to find jobs in three primary high-growth industries: 1) health care, 2) professional and business services, and 3) transportation and warehousing.”


The California Multi-Sector Workforce Partnership has partnered with the California Workforce Association and EDD to provide comprehensive training and employment services for workers across California who have been displaced from their jobs through no fault of their own. The Partnership will use the funding to provide advanced education, basic skills training, job search assistance, work experience and supportive services.


For more information about this project, please contact Sylvia Jacquez at the One-Stop Career Center at (831) 637-JOBS (5627) or by visiting our website at

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