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The Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council (BFWDC) is committed to contributing to solutions related to the COVID-19 disaster and address the impacts of widespread unemployment by obtaining resources that support getting people back to work. In collaboration with the Washington Workforce Association (WWA), Employment Security Department (ESD), and other stakeholders, the BFWDC secured more than $1 million through two National Dislocated Worker Grants from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant will help aid the Benton and Franklin community by providing temporary employment opportunities to workers who are laid-off as a result of the pandemic. These job opportunities will respond to or mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 disaster by offering temporary employment in positions within sanitation and clean-up, delivery services, food bank support, childcare workers, and other humanitarian aid positions. The grant will also assist laid-off workers with:

· Job search and placement into jobs on the state’s COVID-19 essential jobs list and other high

demand occupations.

· Short-term job readiness training.

· Long-term training to help people enter secure careers as the economy recovers.

The Employment Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant will provide re-employment assistance and short-term or longer-term training opportunities to help permanently laid-off workers. Eligible individuals will gain the skills and education needed to be prepared for economic recovery and obtain family-sustaining employment into in-demand occupations.

To access these resources, please contact us!

WorkSource Columbia Basin main line: (509) 734-5900 and press 7

Programs’ Contact: (509) 734-5919

While WSCB is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all services are available virtually. Our Employment Specialists are ready to help you with your job search today.

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