Workforce group gets $148K grant for training

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The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council has received a $148,465 federal grant to train long-term unemployed and dislocated workers in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties, the nonprofit council said in a news release Tuesday.

The Dislocated Worker Training National Emergency Grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, will be used to train at least 20 people in advanced manufacturing, information technology or health care. Employers will be able to hire and train eligible workers to their standards. And they'll be reimbursed 50 percent of the new hire's gross wages for up to six months.

Employers who are recruiting permanent hires in the next 90 days and who are interested in obtaining training funds can contact Darcy Hoffman, business manager at WorkSource's business services unit, at 360-735-5038 or DHoffman@esd.wa.gov. Job seekers interested in training may contact WorkSource in Clark County at 360-735-5000 or in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties at 360-577-2250.