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Greater Twin Cities United Way announces grants to job training programs

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Greater Twin Cities United Way announces grants that total more than $5 million to 38 programs across the nine-county metro area. The effort includes grants to four newly funded job training programs: HIRED, Goodwill/Easter Seals, Emerge and Merrick Brownfields Workers Training Program. The job training programs will help place 6,000 -7,000 people in better jobs each year between 2008 and 2010. Greater Twin Cities United Way announces grants that total more than $5 million to 38 programs across the nine-county metro area. The effort includes grants to four newly funded job training programs: HIRED, Goodwill/Easter Seals, Emerge and Merrick Brownfields Workers Training Program. The job training programs will help place 6,000 -7,000 people in better jobs each year between 2008 and 2010.

The four selected programs performed at a high percentage level of job placement, job skills training and helped people move out of poverty, which led United Way to classify the programs as high-level. High-level programs such as these are important to help move past the reciprocal cycle of low-level job placement. Low-wage workers often do not have the skills to secure a better paying job. Their current jobs offer little in pay, skills training and advancement. Due to having limited means to increase their skills, they are stuck in low-wage work. Furthermore, barriers for some low-wage workers include language, low educational achievement and disabilities.

Job training programs are a part of United Way's overall goal to improve financial stability of 40,000 individuals. Financial stability falls under the Basic Needs focus area at United Way, which addresses housing, hunger, job training and transportation.

Greater Twin Cities United Way improves lives and builds a stronger community by bringing together hearts, minds and resources from across the region and by developing effective partnerships with businesses, government and nonprofit organizations. Greater Twin Cities United Way is an independent organization serving Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott and western Washington counties. For more information visit www.unitedwaytwincities.org or call (612)-340-7400.
 

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