In Nov. 19 IssueBy Kim GrahamTimes Journal Reporter
With unemployment in Russell County climbing at an alarming rate from 6.3 percent in September 2008 to reach 10.8 percent in September this year, Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency (LCCAC) is offering help with the JOBS Program.
"What we're attempting to do is to place people in jobs," said Reva Carnes, Director Job Development LCCAC. "Not only are we trying to help people find jobs, we are working with businesses to help them find qualified staff."
Local folks who are unemployed or underemployed as well as local businesses stand to gain from the program designed to offer technical courses and certification or on the job training free of charge to low income qualified individuals.
"To be eligible for the program, a person's income level must be below 200 percent of the poverty level," said Carnes. "A family of 4 can make $3,600 a month and still qualify."
One technical course per person will be offered to participants through Campbellsville University Technology Training Center.
Classes offered are State Registered Nurse Aid training, Basic Web Page Design, Office Technology, Hospitality training, A+ Computer Operating Systems, and CompTia Network+ Certification.
Once the minimum required class size is met to provide the class, instructors will provide the class locally rather than requiring students to drive to Campbellsville.
"Currently, the most popular class in the program is nursing aid training," said Carnes. "We hope by providing the courses, we will set up job seekers to be more likely to get offered a position with technical skills."
Carnes said the length of each course varies but the longest class requires only 70 hours class time allowing participants to be trained in about 3 months.
Employers benefit by hiring someone with the JOBS Program and receiving on the job training specific to the needs of the company.
"The program will reimburse employers for on the job training of prospective employees," said Carnes. "We're working with several different employers and we hope to work with more."
Participating businesses are reimbursed up to about 520 hours at $7.25 per hour of wages monthly for on the job training for JOBS Program participants.
Businesses who participate are also eligible to receive about 96 hours of job shadowing reimbursement at $7.25 per hour.
LCCAC wants to partner with more local businesses to match folks with jobs. Carnes said in return, the businesses must commit to long term employment.
"The goal of our program is sustainable employment," said Carnes.
LCCAC is offering Job Opportunities and Business Services Program in the ten county Lake District with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 awarded through a community services block grant.
For additional information regarding the JOBS Program contact the following JOBS Specialists: in Russell or Casey County, Penny Rizenbergs, at 606-687-0241; in Adair, Taylor or Green County, Janice Myers at 606-687-0245; in Clinton County, contact Candy Groce at 606-687-0245.