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Workforce council lands grant to train at-risk youth

The Columbian
Published: August 7, 2014, 12:00am

The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council has secured a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to support its academic and occupational skills training services for at-risk youth.

The grant was part of some $73.6 million in YouthBuild grants nationwide that were announced on Wednesday. The grants, ranging from $700,000 to $1.1 million, went to 71 YouthBuild programs in 31 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands. In Washington, Seattle’s Youth Care program was awarded about $1 million.

YouthBuild is a non-residential, community-based alternative education program that provides classroom instruction and occupational skills training to youth ages 16 to 24 who have been in the juvenile justice system, are aging out of foster care, have dropped out of high school or are otherwise at risk of failing in school or work. It offers classroom training and occupational skills.