What does this mean for our local community? While there are details that remain to be outlined, Willamette Workforce Partnership has received and signed a contract for an initial $1.9 M to begin implementation of this program. Our focus will be on funding community-based organizations and institutions of higher education that serve individuals with barriers to employment. The funding will support training individuals and offering a variety of supports to assure success, such as wage earnings while attending training, transportation expenses, child care, materials needed for training and work, etc. The funds will also support assistance in becoming gainfully employed. The benchmarks for this program are robust – we must serve 50% women and 75% of those we serve must gain employment at $17 an hour. This is how we will be successful! Please visit the WWP website for more details and to apply.