CareerSource North Central Florida Awarded the ‘WIOA Get There Faster’ Grant

Press release from Alachua County

CareerSource North Central Florida is pleased to announce that they have been awarded the ‘WIOA Get There Faster’ Grant by the Department of Economic Opportunity. They have received a total of $893,833.00 to serve participants from October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2023.

“This was a competitive grant and is one of a few awarded,” said CareerSource North Central Florida Chief Executive Officer Ms. Phyllis Marty. “It is in times of low unemployment (like now) that at-risk individuals can achieve employment in career positions to support growing our business community. Winning this competitive grant will add fresh resources to our CareerSource NCFL programs to benefit both our workforce and business customers.”

The award provides education and work skills needed by at-risk Floridians. At-risk individuals are defined as those who are receiving public assistance, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Social Security Disability Insurance, individuals recovering from substance use disorders, and returning citizens who were justice-involved.

Eligible participants will receive ongoing intensive employment services and support to remove employment barriers, increase their likelihood of obtaining and maintaining unsubsidized employment, and decrease their reliance on public assistance benefits.

Such services include enrollment in secondary and post-secondary education that leads to an industry-recognized credential of value, dedicated case manager, and job coach responsible for coordination with employers, job placement, employment mentoring, and progress monitoring, comprehensive assessment, coordinated referral, and service delivery with other agencies for services such as assessments, housing, mental wellness, substance use disorder, and domestic violence, when needed, work-based learning opportunities, work readiness activities, job matching and referrals, and transitional support such as childcare, transportation, employment-related supplies.

Staff is providing services virtually. Visit the Career Source North Central Florida website for more information about their services.