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Contact: Larry Krause
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CareerSource Central Florida Receives Grants to Help Meet Community Needs
Orlando, FL – CareerSource Central Florida (CSCF) has received several grants aimed at assisting the agency in providing much-needed workforce development services to targeted populations throughout the region. The grants highlighted below total $6,479,000, and come from the National Dislocated Worker Grant, the U.S. Department of Labor, and Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. They include partnerships with the Lake Community Action Agency, Lighthouse of Central Florida, and other community and education partners.
Central Florida is the recipient of $6 million as part of the National Dislocated Worker Grant to assist hurricane evacuees relocating to the area. CSCF will administer the funds to provide comprehensive and specialized workforce services, including individual career consulting services, increased access to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services, hiring events, increased partnerships with community-based organizations, and surveys to assess employment needs.
With these funds, CSCF will connect up to 500 career-seeking evacuees with training and/or other direct services, in moving them toward permanent, full-time employment.
CSCF, in partnership with the Lake Community Action Agency (LCAA), received $297,000 from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) for their joint application for an Integrated Services Pilot Program (ISPP). Under the grant, the two agencies would work with low-income families in Lake and Sumter counties to assist them in transitioning from government assistance to self-sufficiency through viable careers.
The agencies will work to create a continuum of care service model that is more accessible, integrated, and cost-effective, and that develops and implements a common intake and case management system that provides clients access to a full array of services offered by both agencies. CSCF’s role will focus on providing training and employment services for up to 150 individuals through the grant.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau 2015 Community Survey, 47,181 individuals with disabilities were employed in the Orlando Metro Area; of those, 11,000 have a visual impairment. CSCF, in collaboration with Lighthouse of Central Florida – Lighthouse Works, will provide Customer Care Solutions Training for up to 40 adults through a $182,000 grant. This effort will increase access for individuals with vision impairments to training opportunities and employment, including industries in which they are underrepresented, such as business and professional services.
“These and other grants represent opportunities that we, as a workforce agency and community, might not otherwise have in impacting lives beyond our annual funding,” said Pamela Nabors, CareerSource Central Florida President/CEO. “I look forward to seeing our customers reap the benefits of these targeted resources and our combined hard work…with sustainable careers throughout our community.”