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Secretary Announces Recipients of CSBG Workforce Development Grants

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Secretary Cesar A. Perales recently announced the recipients of the state’s Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) Workforce Development program. Twenty-one communities across the state will receive more than $2 million to provide underserved communities with a variety of employment related services including workforce development, job training, job skills development, job placement and retention programs, English as second language training, and financial and civic literacy programs.

At an announcement ceremony held at the Chinese American Planning Council in Manhattan, one of the downstate recipients, Secretary Perales noted that the program is just one of many efforts being implemented by Governor Cuomo’s administration to help struggling New Yorkers find employment opportunities.

“Governor Cuomo has challenged his entire cabinet to find innovative ways to create jobs and put New Yorkers back to work,” said Secretary Perales. “These funds will go directly to the communities that need it the most and will provide our underserved populations with vital services that can help them find jobs in this tough economy. Providing high needs communities with job training and intensive skill development in high demand industries is essential to getting our economy moving again.”

At a second stop in Upstate New York in Columbia County, Secretary Perales met with Columbia Opportunities, Inc, a Community Action Agency serving Columbia County communities. The agency hosted the Secretary at the John L. Edwards Elementary School in Hudson. The School has partnered with Columbia Opportunities and provided them with class room space to provide ESL and literacy training to recent immigrant populations in and around the Hudson community.

“We are very pleased that our application for this CSBG workforce development grant was selected,” said Columbia Opportunities Executive Director Tina Sharpe. “This funding will allow us to continue serving adults and youth in our community - helping them to find and keep a job. Columbia Opportunities' Hudson Family Literacy Program proves that when given sufficient support and attention – adults and teens can gain the skills and knowledge needed to become self reliant. We welcome the opportunity to build upon and strengthen this community partnership.”

A list of grant awardees from the downstate and upstate regions and a description of their programs can be found on the Department of State website.