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SCCAP seeking to help the jobless and underemployed

The South Central Community Action Program is seeking employers and potential employees to participate in a new employment and training program.

SCCAP, a nonprofit organization that serves Brown, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties, is looking to partner with employers who will agree to hire and train workers who qualify for the program. SCCAP will subsidize wages and/or training for an agreed-upon amount of time and will tailor its program to meet employers’ individuals needs.

SCCAP is also opening the new program for applications from unemployed people who are seeking work or employed people who want to learn new skills.

In addition to placing participants with employers, SCCAP will also subsidize educational expenses to fill critical industry needs. This could include completion of GED, industry specific training certificates, or other training/education needed for employment or advancement. Childcare and transportation costs may also be subsidized.

“We are hoping move the candidates into a career pathway that will lead to self sufficiency,” SCCAP Executive Director Todd Lare said. “Our hope is that we can help build sustainable employment for our participants as well as provide a local qualified workforce for our employers.”

Participant requirements for the job training program are as follows:

  • The household income must fall at 200% of the federal poverty guideline
  • Program participants must reside in Brown, Monroe, Morgan or Owen counties.

The program is currently funded only through Sept. 30, 2010, so employers and potential employees need to contact SCCAP right away in order to participate. For more information, contact SCCAP Employment and Training Coordinator Taine Watkins at 812-339-3447, ext. 235.  

The SCCAP job training program is funded through supplemental Community Services Block Grant funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

SCCAP is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for low-income citizens to move toward personal and economic independence. Its programs include Affordable Rental Housing, the Circles Initiative, Energy Assistance, Family Development, Head Start, Individual Development Accounts, Section 8 Housing and Weatherization.

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