Workforce Recovery program to provide workforce training to more than 11,000 Sacramentans

The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday approved distribution of $10 million in federal CARES Act funds to 30 organizations to provide workforce training for more than 11,000 young people and adults in the City of Sacramento.

The Workforce Recovery program will directly support workforce organizations and institutions in providing employment training and job placement services for Sacramento job seekers who have been displaced and unemployed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

“This program will help Sacramento workers by directly assisting our community-based organizations to provide training to upskill our workers and help provide job opportunities for those individuals that have been directly affected by the pandemic,” said Assistant City Manager Michael Jasso, who heads the City’s economic development department. “This is one of the more complex and robust programs I’ve seen a city create with CARES Act dollars.”

City staff received more than 40 proposals from service providers to provide the training. After a thorough evaluation process, staff recommended funding to be awarded to 30 organizations. Below are a few of the programs approved for funding:

  • La Familia is to receive $400,000 to hire 25 people as contact tracers and other health workers to fight coronavirus in the Latino community.
  • Asian Resources Inc. would get $300,000 to train 250 people to become community health workers to respond to COVID-19.
  • California Mobility Center will get $1.47 million to train 600 for the alternative transportation industry.
  • The Greater Sacramento Urban League will use receive $1.76 million to partner with Collective6 to provide digital skills to 250.
  • The Greater Sacramento Economic Council, which is to receive $788,000 to train another 100 in digital skills.
  • Hacker Lab would get $313,500 to train 75 people in prototyping and entrepreneurial skills for PPE and related businesses.
  • GRID Alternatives is to get $217,500 to train 34 people in solar and battery storage installation.
  • Fresher Sacramento is to get $68,500 to hire five community college students whose culinary studies have been disrupted.

Find a fill list of approved projects here.

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