Grant to provide job training for local veterans

Female vets, those with families will be targeted

By Tom Vogt, Columbian Science, Military & History Reporter

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Call Partners in Careers at 360-696-8417.

Call Partners in Careers at 360-696-8417.

A Vancouver-based nonprofit has been awarded a $110,000 grant to provide job training for homeless female veterans and veterans with families.

In partnership with several other regional organizations, Partners in Careers will get the money through the U.S. Labor Department’s Veterans Employment and Training Service.

“We have a focus on employment,” said Pam Brokaw, executive director. “We have a unit that reaches out to businesses and has strong relationships in that regard.”

In their proposal, “We said we would serve 150 veterans and families,” Brokaw said.

Assistance will include job training, job search and job placement, Brokaw said. There also will be follow-up services, with coaching to help newly hired veterans stay employed.

The agency has ongoing partnerships with the Vancouver Housing Authority, Brokaw said, as well as both federal and state departments of veterans affairs, Clark College and the Washington state Department of Social and Health Services.

In applying for this grant, Partners in Careers linked up with Portland-area collaborators, including Mt. Hood Community College.

Brokaw said that some of the $110,000 “will support a staff member who will work on both sides of the river. So much of this is helping veterans navigate the system.”

Partners in Careers officials expect to have the program running in the next 30 days, Brokaw said.

It was one of 22 grants awarded to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofits, including faith-based and community organizations. The grants total more than $5 million and are intended to help 1,900 veterans.