Economic Opportunity
Kaiser Permanente Makes $300,000 in workforce grants
As part of its response to the employment crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Kaiser Permanente expanded its workforce development efforts through 4 new grants to support programs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. This comprehensive portfolio of programs provides graduates access to quality jobs that provide sufficient wages, benefits, career-building pathways, and stable and safe working conditions. Congratulations to:
Power 52 60 community members, including veterans and people formerly incarcerated, will be trained for careers in Maryland’s Clean Energy Sector through a partnership with the Power52 Energy Institute. Expected outcomes: 90% employment placement rate, average starting hourly wage of $18.50, and 75% employment retention at the six-month mark.
NPower 150 adults aged 18-25 will participate in a 23-week tech training program, including wrap-around services, internships, and job placement through a partnership with NPower. Expected outcomes: 120% salary increase to $37,440 at first job post-program within one year of program graduation.
South Baltimore Learning Center 100 individuals will receive high school diploma prep classes, co-enrollment, and workforce-bridge classes as part of the South Baltimore Learning Center Collaborative. It serves mostly women and African Americans, populations that are historically economically disadvantaged and dramatically impacted by the pandemic.
Employ Prince George’s 16 individuals including community members that speak English as a secondary language will receive no cost occupational skills training and credentialing for employment as Certified Nursing Assistants/Geriatric Nursing Assistants (CNA/GNA). Participants will also receive wrap-around case management and supportive services leading to employment in the healthcare industry and on a career pathway toward employment with Kaiser Permanente.
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