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Deadline: April 18, 2014

Department of Labor: Training to Work 2-Adult Reentry

Training to Work 2-Adult Reentry (T2W2) provides the opportunity for organizations to develop and implement career pathway programs in demand sectors and occupations for men and women who are at least 18 years old and who are enrolled in work release programs (WRPs). Additionally, grantees must provide a strategy to prioritize services to veterans that are in these WRPs. Career pathways are frameworks that help to define and map out a sequence of education, training and workforce skills training resulting in skilled workers that meet employers’ needs. Career pathways are an approach to linking and coordinating education and training services in ways that enable workers to attain such credentials, and ultimately, employment.

Successful applicants will: 1) establish a committed Career Pathways Collaborative led by the grantee, who will be a non-profit organization such as a faith-based or community-based organization, and including representatives from the workforce system, WRP, and employers and/or industry associations. The Career Pathways Collaborative will create a career pathway(s) program that defines each organization’s specific roles and responsibilities including the identification of a career pathway(s) in demand sector(s) within their community, and 2) provide an integrated set of critical participant-level services such as case management and skills training that enable participants to get on the career pathway(s) and advance along those pathways as they acquire additional skills.

These grants will support a leadership team of key organizations in defining and implementing a career pathway(s) program specifically for men and women in WRPs to improve their workforce outcomes by helping them attain industry-recognized credentials. Career pathway programs are clear sequences of coursework and credentials that help individuals of varying skill levels earn credentials valued by employers, enter rewarding careers in demand sectors and occupations, and advance to increasingly higher levels of education and employment.

For the purposes of this grant, WRP refers to: Residential reentry centers (RRC), formerly called halfway houses, that are operated under contract with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP); Monitored home confinement; and Work release centers (WRC), which are typically located in areas where RRCs do not exist and are created by intergovernmental agreements between BOP and state or local jails that allow participants to leave the jail to work or find employment for a specified period of time each day and return to the jail as their residence.

Amount: Approximately 15 grants of up to $2,000,000, totaling up to approximately $30 million will be made. No more than $8,000 may be spent on a single participant. Applicants requesting the maximum $2,000,000 must serve at least 250 participants. Applicants requesting $1,000,000 must serve at least 125 participants.

Eligibility: Any non-profit organization may apply for these grants, including faith and community-based organizations. The applicant must propose to provide services to only eligible participants (as defined in Section III.C.3and be located, in an urbanized area or urban cluster as those terms are defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. The community served must also have both high-poverty and high-crime rates:

High-poverty rate: communities with poverty rates of at least 30 percent (applicants must use American Community Survey data to show the average poverty rate of the various Census Tracts included in their target community).

High-crime rate: communities with felony crime rates within the targeted area that are higher than the felony crime rate in one or more adjoining communities (applicants must provide the strategy for determining the high-crime rate).

The Career Pathways Collaborative includes a leadership team consisting of employers, the workforce system, and the WRPs and a mix of additional organizations which should include education providers and community colleges. A nonprofit, community-based organization should be the lead applicant and serve as the chair of the leadership team. In addition, the team may include educational providers and institutions, housing assistance programs, mental health providers, substance abuse treatment centers, child support enforcement agencies, legal aid services, social services agencies, vocational rehabilitation services, women and minority organizations, unions, and agencies that serve veterans.

Link: http://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/T2W2_SGA-DFA-PY-13-03.pdf (Opens PDF)

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