Madera Workforce Awarded Disability Employment Accelerator Grant

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The Employment Development Department (EDD), in coordination with the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) and the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), granted $300,000 to Madera County Workforce Investment Corporation for the DEA 19-20 SFP. The DEA grants are part of the Governor’s Discretionary Funds awarded to design, develop, and implement projects that accelerate employment and re-employment strategies for people with disabilities (PWD).

The Local Board will utilize funds to:

  • Recognize the existing skills of PWD rather than focusing on the possible need for additional vocational training.
  • Improve the one-on-one relationships with hiring managers to increase individualized referrals of qualified PWD.
  • Create or expand work-based learning opportunities for PWD such as PWEX, TJ or internships in significant work settings, pre or registered apprenticeships or OJT.
  • Educate high-demand industry-sector businesses on the value of hiring skilled PWD.