Will $15 Million Grant Help Workers?

On Thursday, Feb. 2, a N&R headline announced a $15 million work-force training grant. Don Kirkman who is President of the Piedmont Triad Partnership, which will manage the federal Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development Grant money said that some of the money will be used to build a leadership training school at the local Center for Creative Leadership and some of the money will be used to hire staff to manage some of the programs. Also some of the money will be used to create training templates at local schools to retrain displaced workers.

Wednesday, Feb. 8, the N&R carried a story about Bryan Foundation donations. One of these is $25,000 to the Welfare Reform Liaison Project. The money will be used to actually train people for logistics and distribution jobs.

Training people for jobs that are expected to be available in our area seems like a better use of money than adding a leadership training school to an already internationally known training program that is too pricey for working people to attend. Maybe some of the money will be used to train staff that will be needed to help manage some of the new programs that the PTP is planning. When will the training filter down to the people who just need training for jobs that pay a living wage?

Yesterday on the guilfordopinion blogspot Sam's notes questioned the effectivenss of the $15 federal grant. So do I.

What is the definition of workforce training? Training Laborers? Training Managers? Training Business Executives? Training Regional Leaders?

All of the above. Of course, we need all of these, but who needs the most help now?

What do you think?


Anonymous said...

I think this is the typical state/local political rip off. Using funds to provide high paying jobs to friends, relatives, relatives of friends and cronies to staff an office to stand around the water cooler or shuffle papers. So what is new? There are many programs already set up out there to train people for jobs if the people who need jobs knew about the programs or could afford to attend them. Pell Grants (fully paid tuition if course is completed) are available but so many people can't afford the transportation costs to and from school, others would attend but need child care. $15 million could get a lot of people into good paying jobs just by providing for these mundane little things and it wouldn't take but a few outreach workers to get the word out and interview applicants and small office staff to make the funds available. No executives sitting in offices, just sopcial workers doing what they do best if they have the money available. diane, where do we all complain about this? Brenda Bowers

diane said...

The big contributors get theirs back. The rest of us just wallow in the &*(*D and crumbs that are leftover.
Complaining and whining don't change much, but they make some of us feel a little better.