WDC In The News


July 10, 2017 – Baltimore Youth Jobs Programs Build a Path to Careers

March 16, 2017 – Millions of Manufacturing Job Could Go Unfilled: A Jobs Program in Louisville is Filling a Skills Gap and Putting Americans Back to Work

February 17, 2017 – One Baltimore for Jobs Strengthens Local Workforce Systems 

Two Years In: Baltimore Pilot Successful in Connecting Young Adults with Work

Since launching in 2015, the Casey-supported One Baltimore for Jobs initiative has built a citywide infrastructure aimed at removing barriers to employment and self-sufficiency. Initiated as a response to unrest in Baltimore, these efforts have helped connect hundreds of the city’s young adults with jobs in high-growth industries.

The city of Baltimore established One Baltimore for Jobs after receiving a two-year, $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2017, the Casey Foundation will continue supporting many of the workforce-focused organizations that have participated in the initiative to date.

STRIVE to Expand NYC Youth Programs with Grants from Citi Foundation and Starbucks

STRIVE is proud to announce two new grants that will allow us to expand their employment services for young adults in New York City. With a new grant from the Citi Foundation’s Youth Opportunity Fund, STRIVE and the East Harlem Talent Network will launch Serve UP Harlem, a new initiative to train youth for careers in New York City’s fast-growing food service and hospitality sector. The program is part of STRIVE’s ongoing commitment to creating opportunity for our city’s youth. Launched in 2015, the Youth Opportunity Fund is part of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative, and supports organizations that help empower urban youth, ages 16 to 24. The Fund awards one-year grants of $250,000 to nonprofit organizations in 10 U.S. cities. STRIVE’s youth services are also being supported by a recent grant from the Starbucks Foundation’s Opportunity for Youth Initiative, focused on STRIVE’s job readiness and youth training services.

Missouri Governor Nixon Directs State Agencies to Lessen Unnecessary Barriers to Employment

Leading the Change: “Inspiring Our Youth – Building a Community” 

In partnership with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s Youth Safety Initiative, CareerSource South Florida launches its Summer Youth Employment and Ready To Work Programs. Through the Youth Safety Initiative, these programs will provide opportunity to South Florida’s future workforce while decreasing crime in Miami-Dade County. Both programs are designed to provide entry-level positions within local businesses, private sectors, and community-based organizations. Program selection will be achieved through a lottery process for candidates who have met all program requirements. Participants must be between 14-27 years of age and reside in Miami-Dade County in one of the twenty (20) targeted zip codes. Open registration is currently available at www.careersourcesfl.com.

“Building our community, while offering meaningful employment options and income to our youth and
young adults is critical to supporting the efforts in decreasing crime in Miami-Dade and bringing families in our communities closer together. The Summer Youth Employment and Ready to Work Employment Program will allow youth and young adults to take on new responsibilities, gain on-the-job experience and transferable career readiness skills, and develop essential social skills that will help them achieve success in the future workforce and contribute to the growth in their communities,” said Rick Beasley, Executive Director for CareerSource South Florida.

CBS Calls STRIVE a Unique Nonprofit with Remarkable Results

DOL Makes $7.5 Million Available to Flint for Water Recovery

Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Honors CareerSource South Florida 

The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (MDCC) honored CareerSource South Florida (CSSF) as the Non-Profit Organization of the Year during their 2016 Annual Symposium Business Leaders Luncheon. This year’s theme was “Mentoring: Bridging the Generational Gap.” The luncheon took place at the Hyatt Regency in Miami. Over 300 of South Florida’s business, civic, educational and philanthropic leaders were in attendance. Each year the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce honors and highlights the exemplary achievements of Miami’s dynamic business community. MDCC honored CareerSource South Florida for its continuous commitment in shaping the future of businesses, partners and the communities in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties reach goals and achieve successful outcomes. As an honoree, Rick Beasley, Executive Beasley is proud of CSSF’s successes and is grateful to be part of a non-profit organization that is dedicated to serving the CareerSource South Florida was one of five honorees who were recognized during the luncheon. Other honorees were: Board Member of the Year – H. Leigh Toney, Miami-Dade College, North Campus Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Center; Corporate Business of the Year – CH2M, a global engineering company; Dexter Foster Small Business of the Year – Joe Louissaint, Show Technology Inc.; and Rising Star of the Year – Michael J. Butler, Easy Painting and Decorating Inc.

Chicago Workforce Agency Wins $10.9 Million Grant for Retail Employment Services

The Walmart Foundation is giving a Chicago and Cook County workforce agency $10.9 million to provide education and employment services for retail workers. The grant will fund retail-oriented programs in Chicago and 10 other locations, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership CEO Karin Norington-Reaves said after the grant was announced at a National Association of Workforce Boards conference on Monday. The organization, formed in 2012, provides free services to job seekers and businesses and is among the largest workforce agencies in the country, with a roughly $60 million budget, and administers federal, public and private funding to 53 institutions, Norington-Reaves said.

About a third of the grant money will fund local programs, including a new center where the Chicago Cook organization will provide retail-focused training for new employees preparing for a first job and current workers looking to advance their careers, Norington-Reaves said. Courses range from interpersonal skills that help employees succeed in the workplace to more technical customer service and retail programs that might help an employee qualify for certification through the National Retail Federation.

March 9, 2016 – Techhire Utah Celebrates First Year of Workforce Innovation

March 7, 2016 Louisville Mayor’s SummerWorks  – Mayor to businesses: SummerWorks is ‘crucial’

FEBRUARY 18, 2016 – CAREERSOURCE SOUTH FLORIDA AND UNITED WAY PARTNERTO CREATE MISSION UNITED PROGRAM

FEBRUARY 18, 2016 – CHANGING THE LIVES OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY’S YOUTH OFFENDERS

STRIVE CEO Phil Weinberg’s Letter to the Editor of The New York Times

February 16, 2016 – Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County Honored Today at White House

February 9, 2016 – WorkSource will ReBoot 1,000 Careers in Tech & Advanced Manufacturing by 2018

Secretary Perez Speaks at the 84th U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting

February 4, 2016 – JOB OPENING: Executive Director, Workforce Solutions Capital Area

In Rapidly Evolving Silicon Valley Economy, Funds Will Help Close Skills Gap

Workforce Development Package is Still a Work in Progress

Baltimore Summer Jobs Program Already Has 1,000 Applicants

STEP-UP Workforce Development Program Launches in Chattanooga

Program Expanding to “KickStart” Young Careers

December 7, 2015 – Louisville on the cusp of innovative, vibrant economy; urgency, new thinking needed to move forward

OCTOBER 30, 2015 – CAREERSOURCE SOUTH FLORIDA RECEIVES 2015 VETERANS’ PERFORMANCE INCENTIVE AWARD

OCTOBER 30, 2015 – CAREERSOURCE SOUTH FLORIDA AWARDS $182,000 TO MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR CONSTRUCTION TRAINING

OCTOBER 27, 2015 – THE NATIONAL FLIGHT ACADEMY AMBITION PROGRAM  RECEIVES $200,000 GRANT TO EDUCATE YOUTH

OCTOBER 27, 2015 – FUTURE BANKER TRAINING PROGRAM TO RECEIVE $50,000 IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING

October 5, 2015 – The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) Announces a $9.4 Million Five Year Award

October 5, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Awarded The WorkPlace a $14 million Grant to Prepare TANF Recipients, Lower Wage and the Long Term Unemployed for Careers in Healthcare

October 3, 2015 – Mayor Walsh Announces $3M Federal Grant to Support Construction and Hospitality Careers

September 30, 2015 – Worksystems & Partners Secure $12M Health Care Training Grant

New Labor Market Data Show Job Growth in Healthcare, Logistics, Technology, Sales

Mayor Walsh Launches Center Connecting Unemployed High School Graduates to Workforce Training and Opportunities

Mayor Walsh Announces Additional Funding for Summer Jobs

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the official opening of the Employment Connection Center in Southwest Baltimore

De Blasio Administration, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and Department for Youth & Community Development Announce Doubled Summer Internship Opportunities for City Youth in “Ladders For Leaders” Program

Peduto ‘Damn Proud’ Of Teens In Summer Learn And Earn Program

Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative develops nearly 2000 opportunities for Seattle youth

Mayor Finch announces additional youth summer jobs for kids in Bridgeport, applauds Starbucks initiative to create 100,000 jobs for youth nationally

Louisville Mayor announces $2M boost in job training funds

Detroit jobs initiative prepares youth for success