Memphis programs receive nearly $37 million in federal grants

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Workforce Mid-South will receive $21.5 million and Persevere in Memphis received $15.4 million through the American Rescue Plan’s Good Jobs Challenge.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Two Memphis-area groups receive major grants as part of $500 million US rescue planit is Good Jobs Challengeaccording to U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Below is an overview of the organizations receiving the grants and what the money will be used for.

Workforce Mid-South will receive $21.5 million, which will be used to set up three Accelerated Training Centers (ASTs) serving eastern Arkansas, northern Mississippi and western Tennessee. The centers aim to provide skills training of the same quality as traditional education models – but in less time: from four to 24 weeks.

“This is a pivotal time in workforce development for the Memphis area. This grant provides much-needed on-ramps for adults looking to upskill with industry certifications including they need to succeed in the industries that drive our economy,” said the senior vice president of the Greater Memphis Chamber. Amity Schuyler, President of Workforce Development, in a press release. “Area employers and businesses looking to locate in Memphis should also celebrate this announcement. I sincerely believe that Memphis will ultimately have the most skilled and hardy workforce of any metropolises of the United States”.

Learn more about Workforce Mid-South at https://workforcemidsouth.com/.

Persevere in Memphis has received $15.4 million, which will go towards supporting the Tennessee Technology Workforce Alliance.

The alliance is an information technology training program for “Americans Affected by Justice” that provides intensive professional training and work-based learning. Employers help design the program and provide on-the-job training, then hire graduates.

“The Good Jobs Challenge is proud to fund this workforce training initiative in Tennessee,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “Led by Persevere, this program brings together information technology employers to provide high-quality training to provide intensive skills training and workplace learning to justice-affected Americans.”

Learn more about Persevere at https://www.perseverenow.org/.

Other recipients

A total of 32 training partnerships across the country have received a portion of the $500 million American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge.

See the list of recipients at https://eda.gov/news/press-releases/2022/08/03/good-jobs-challenge-awardees.htm.

Learn more about the beneficiaries HERE.

“A trained workforce is essential to ensuring the United States can compete and succeed in the 21st century,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said. “With U.S. bailout funding, the Commerce Department is able to make once-in-a-generation investments in industry-focused, locally-led workforce systems that will create high-quality jobs and Accelerate regional economic growth, especially for underserved communities.

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