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The Times
  • State grants to help low income residents get jobs

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  • The Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties has received $140,000 in state grants to help low income individuals find work.
    The funding, which was awarded by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, will be put toward the board’s Career Pathways and Wage Subsidy Programs.
    Career Pathways is a workforce development strategy that links basic education to occupational training, and when combined with integrated support services, enables participants to advance over time to higher-wage jobs in targeted industry sectors.
    It is available to public assistance recipients, low-wage workers and people receiving unemployment insurance in households with incomes of less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
    The Wage Subsidy Program helps cover some of the costs involved in training new full-time employees by reimbursing up to 90 percent of wages and basic fringes for an eligible new hire, for a training period of up to three months.
    Eligibility is limited to family assistance recipients, Safety Net families, and members of families at or below 200 percent of the poverty level.
    For more information visit www.working-solutions.org.

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