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Industrial and Transportation Career Center and Corporate IT Division Receive President’s Award for Commitment to Quality

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President Doug Cotter and Executive Vice President Paula Bailey presented the President’s Award for Commitment to Quality for 2018 to the Workforce1 Industrial and Transportation Career Center (ITC) team and the Corporate IT Team on Wednesday, March 20. Now in its fourth year, the President’s Award evaluation includes metrics from the quarterly quality progress reviews and feedback from the corporate departments including Finance, HR, Training and PAVU.

 

Thanks to the dedication of Director Monique Cole, the managers, and the consistent efforts from all the staff members, the ITC team has claimed the President’s Award for the second year in a row. Funded by the NYC Department of Small Business Services, the Workforce1 ITC is located in Jamaica, Queens and has a sector-focused approach to workforce development. Each year the ITC successfully places up to 2,400 NYC residents, veterans and their spouses into full-time jobs paying over $10 in the transportation, manufacturing, construction, wholesale trades, waste management, and automotive mechanic and repair industries.

 

This year, Grant Associates’ executive team was also excited to recognize the Corporate IT team for their commitment to quality. Through Director Rakesh Dhingra’s leadership, the IT team has been building processes and using various metrics to ensure quality and make continuous improvements.

 

The ITC and IT teams enjoyed a catered breakfast, and each staff member will receive one extra PTO day. Congratulations to directors Monique Cole-Green and Rakesh Dhingra and their teams!

GRANT ASSOCIATES SELECTED FOR TANF JOB PLACEMENT, EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR WASHINGTON, DC

Company Extends Partnership with DC DHS, Providing High-Touch Support to Those in Need

Washington, DC, March 15, 2019 – Grant Associates, a nationally acclaimed workforce development company, was selected to provide job placement and education and training services to Washington, DC residents receiving benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. TANF provides income eligible families in need with a combination of financial assistance and work opportunities so that they can eventually transition out of the program. Grant Associates has been a service provider for the DC TANF program since 2012, but this is the first time the job placement and education and occupational training programs have operated independently.

Administered and funded by the District of Columbia Department of Human Services (DHS), TANF provides financial support to families who are experiencing economic challenges.  Approximately 15,000 District families receive TANF cash benefits each month, a reduction from over 17,000 six years ago. Of these, about 11,000 participants are required to engage in work, training or education activities.

Under the redesigned TANF program, education and training are operated and staffed independently from job placement services, allowing more tailored, individualized services for each customer. Job placement services for customers include:

  • resume building
  • job search workshops, and
  • job search assistance including access to job listings and hiring events

Labor Market Information and access to computer labs and job referrals are also available to customers. One of the hallmarks of Grant Associates’ service model is to build proactive relationships with businesses, both for-profit and non-profit, that result in direct access to job opportunities leading to employment.

The education and occupational training services provided under the program aim to enhance customer training, education and occupational skill levels, preparing them to find and retain employment and achieve greater independence. Under the prior model, education and occupational skills training were provided alongside employment readiness and placement services, which often led to the education and training component being overshadowed by the push to place customers in jobs without clear career pathways. DHS has now purposely divided those distinct goals, enabling providers like Grant Associates to offer more high-touch engagements, not just with the customer but with their entire household.

In the first three months, Grant Associates has engaged over 150 customers in education and training programs, enrolled more than 75% of those customers into an education program, developed five customized training classes with providers and an in-house trainer to address skills gaps, and collaborated with DHS on connecting training programs to the six in-demand and high-wage industries. On the job placement side, of the 300 non-employed customers with which we are targeted to engage, we have already enrolled 91%, transitioning20% of them into permanent employment with a 72% retention rate after three months. High-wage employment opportunities are a focus of Grant Associates’ job placement efforts and have secured the highest hourly rate of $27.40/hour.

“While TANF Customers have a range of work experience, many are currently working jobs that don’t provide a viable living wage for their families,” said David Ross, Deputy Administrator of DHS. “The new TANF program is designed to offer incentives for families to increase their employability skills for entrance into competitive, high-demand career pathways.”

This new service delivery model brings with it a renewed focus on the importance of case management and a “Two Generation” approach to services. While customers often enter the program hampered by significant obstacles, case managers work with the entire family to address barriers, opening a world of possibility for each customer. The emphasis here is placed not only on taking the necessary steps that lead to employment with career pathways, but also addressing the needs of the entire family. Case managers conduct home visits and create individual service plans that include the needs of the family—everything from housing stability and education support to parenting needs, healthcare and more.

“We are very proud to be continuing our work to provide job placement, education and training services to the people of Washington, DC,” said Doug Cotter, President of Grant Associates. “We’ve seen some great successes in the community, developed strong relationships with businesses and other partners, and are eager to provide more in-depth and focused support to our customers and their families through this new service delivery model.”

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Grant Associates, Inc.

Grant Associates is a national, award-winning workforce development company that has become a trailblazer and a force for innovation in delivering workforce services nationally. A certified Woman-Owned Business, we have operated nearly 80 different programs in communities of all sizes that reflect our strength across the spectrum of workforce development: operating full-service One-Stops, sector-based initiatives, business centers, and programs that serve those on public assistance, as well as other targeted populations such as youth, justice-involved, veterans and the disabled. For more information visit: www.grantassociatesinc.com.

Another Exciting Year for the Industry Scholars Program is Underway

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The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Industry Scholars program—a project spearheaded by Grant Associates, the New York City Department of Education, the Center for Youth Employment and the Partnership for New York City—is geared up for its third program year! The program first launched in January 2017 to offer industry-specific internships and a variety of career activities aimed at helping CTE students apply their skills in authentic industry settings while gaining real-world work experience. To date, through the CTE Industry Scholars program, more than 5,500 CTE students have taken part in career exploration and internships across 109 high schools in all five boroughs.

The CTE Industry Scholars program model relies on an implementation approach that leverages intermediary support: the intermediary cultivates the working relationship with sector-specific employers in securing relevant work-based learning opportunities, while building the in-school capacity to grow and sustain partnerships with key employers. Employers engage in the program by providing meaningful career exploration for CTE students by hosting career days and workplace tours, providing job shadowing opportunities, conducting mock interviews and resume reviews for students, and hosting student interns specializing in their industry. Grant Associates is thrilled to be partnering with the following best-in-class sector-based intermediaries to do this work: Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island Area Health Education Center, C-CAP, Futures and Options, and NAF.

Through the development and first two years of operation of the CTE Industry Scholars program, the program model has proven to be effective in coordinating and scaling work-based learning opportunities across the CTE system. Some program outcomes to date include:

  • 2,250 industry-aligned paid internships
  • 118% of Year 1 & 109% Year 2 internship goals achieved
  • Tripled the number of interns from year 1 to year 2
  • 24% increase in number of female interns from year 1 to year 2 (from 38% to 47% female)
  • More than 500 employers participated across eight industry verticals
  • 190 CTE programs and 109 high schools were provided internship opportunities
  • 76% of interns go to schools outside of Manhattan

We are thrilled to be in our third program year and look forward to growing our industry partnerships to connect more employers to this amazing pipeline of young talent coming out of NYC CTE. This year, 1,650 CTE students will be connected to high quality paid internships aligned to their CTE coursework. We will also be putting on 16 career days, 32 workplace tours and 40 mock interview and resume writing workshops. Each of these touchpoints help high school students explore careers in their specialization, provide real-world context and opportunities to learn about the workplace, and prepare for their futures.

WORKFORCE INVESTMENT NETWORK SELECTS GRANT ASSOCIATES TO RUN GREATER MEMPHIS CAREER CENTERS

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New Provider Will Focus on Career Services, Promote a Collaborative Approach

 

Grant Associates, a nationally acclaimed workforce development company, announced today that it was selected by the Workforce Investment Network (WIN) to run its American Job Centers located throughout the Greater Memphis region. The American Job Centers offer employment services for adults and dislocated workers, matching job candidates with employer needs across the region.

 

Grant Associates will provide services to job seekers across a variety of demographic areas and levels of need including: resume building and job search workshops, credential attainment and training, and job search assistance including access to job listings in the Jobs4TN.gov database. Labor Market Information, access to computer labs and job referrals are also available at the Centers. One of the cornerstones of Grant Associates’ service model is to meet job seekers “where they are” with a variety of training and education opportunities to help them on the road to self-sufficiency. The company also places a focus on building proactive relationships with community partners, both for-profit and non-profit, that result in direct access to training and job opportunities leading to employment.

 

“We’ve been very pleased with the professionalism and collaboration Grant Associates has brought in the short time they’ve been partnering with us,” said Mr. Henry Lewis, Interim Executive Director of WIN. “Their expertise and focus on innovative workforce solutions will help us drive economic development and build the talent pipeline for the region’s employers.”

 

The six American Job Centers in the Greater Memphis Region will serve residents of Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale Counties and plan to enroll over 500 residents in training programs targeting the region’s high demand industries. Each year, over 1,000 area adults and youth are served under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

 

Grant Associates uses a demand-driven approach to identify hiring needs and works diligently to connect businesses with the hundreds of skilled workers in the region. The company will also assist employers with posting their available jobs in the state’s Workforce Exchange System, connect employers to training resources, and design and execute custom solutions for industry-wide skill shortages.

 

“We are excited to partner with the Workforce Investment Network and are eager to build on the strong relationships with businesses and other community partners in the Greater Memphis region,” said Doug Cotter, President of Grant Associates. “I’m confident our demand-driven approach to career and business services will enable us to make a difference in the lives of citizens throughout the region.”

 

Grant Associates employs a staff of 31 between six Centers to provide a full suite of services to the more than one million residents in the Greater Memphis region.

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Grant Associates, Inc. 
Grant Associates is a national, award-winning workforce development company that has become a trailblazer and a force for innovation in delivering workforce services nationally for over 20 years. A certified Woman-Owned Business, we have operated nearly 80 different programs in communities of all sizes that reflect our strength across the spectrum of workforce development: operating full-service One-Stops, sector-based initiatives, business centers, and programs that serve those on public assistance, as well as other targeted populations such as youth, justice-involved, veterans and the disabled. For more information visit: www.grantassociatesinc.com.

“Why are Soft Skills so Hard?”



For years (maybe even decades?) at all levels in the field of workforce development, from practitioner to system leader, from vendor to funder, from direct client facing to policy wonk, we have discussed the need for better soft skills among the job seeking customers we serve. We even toyed with naming these skills something else for a while since the moniker itself isn’t particularly descriptive. For a short time, some in the field called them “essential employability skills,” not exactly a catchy title. So, for better or worse, it seems that we are back to the term “soft skills.” In fact, I have noticed that even the employer community with whom we engage to supply talent are now easily and regularly referring to soft skills as well. Employers who are hiring know what they are and seem perpetually frustrated that the workforce development system can’t consistently supply a talent pipeline possessing these soft skills.

What exactly are these soft skills anyway and why are they so hard to find? Who is responsible for teaching or instilling these skills that seem so real and basic and yet continue to be the Holy Grail for some employers seeking to fill their talent needs?

While everyone’s definition of soft skills varies, a working definition is likely to include:

  • A thirst for knowledge: keen curiosity and a willingness to learn
  • Team mentality: the awareness of the need for a “tribe”
  • Flexibility and commitment: being able to both anticipate and adapt
  • Project management: simply put, being organized and timely
  • Self-awareness: having a clear understanding of one’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Communication skills: the ability to not only succinctly share one’s thoughts and ideas with others, but to also listen with intent

Interestingly, some employers are simply summing up soft skills in two words: Fast thinking. While that doesn’t exactly capture EVERY soft skill necessary, it does show a 21st century trend toward problem solving, effective communication, leadership and willingness to keep learning new skills.

The workforce development system has a distinct and important role to play here: our local boards and regional organizations and service delivery organizations can add value by tracking employer trends, listening closely to business and industry sector needs and responding with nimbleness and speed to provide new training solutions. With every training developed, it is critical to factor in the soft skill component and—in working with our training providers—to push them to do the same. Soft skills are no longer a “nice to have” for job seekers, they are vital skills needed by everyone whether they are looking for a career in customer service or manufacturing.

By partnering together, workforce boards, service providers and businesses can more consistently develop the talent pipelines that deliver candidates that not only have the technical skills needed by industry, but also possess the soft skills making them the well-rounded candidates needed to propel businesses forward.

Marlena Sessions is a workforce development professional who has dedicated her career to creating self-sufficiency via careers for all people. She is the Vice-President for Public and Private Partnerships for Grant Associates, a national workforce development company that has operated nearly 80 different workforce programs in communities of all sizes.

NRF Foundation joins with workforce development company Grant Associates to provide RISE Up training

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2018 – The NRF Foundation today announced that it has formed a partnership with workforce development company Grant Associates, Inc. to provide the Foundation’s RISE Up training and credentials to approximately 150 job seekers in New York City and the Washington metropolitan area.

“Partnerships with organizations like Grant Associates that train and support job seekers in their local communities are key to RISE Up’s success,” NRF Foundation President Ellen Davis said. “Our credentials teach the skills needed to land a job in retail, and we value the support services Grant Associates offers would-be workers as they launch promising careers in our thriving industry.”

“We’re excited to work with the NRF Foundation to bring this training opportunity to job seekers,” Grant Associates President Doug Cotter said. “The retail industry provides critical entry-level and long-term career opportunities — including career pathways to technology and management — in communities large and small, and this training is a great way to gain the skills employers seek.”

Grant Associates is using online training for the Foundation’s Retail Industry Fundamentals credential to complement a full suite of wrap-around services including career exploration, technical training, referral to partner agencies, career placement and advancement support.

Training for job seekers served by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program began earlier this month at WorkSource Montgomery Young Adult Opportunity Program in Montgomery County, Md. and New York City Human Resources Administration facilities in Harlem and Brooklyn. Individuals who complete the training will be referred to local employer partners.

The Retail Industry Fundamentals credential prepares participants for jobs in entry-level retail positions in distribution centers, call centers and stores. The training is designed to provide a wide array of knowledge in areas such as retail tools and technologies, customer service, retail math, inventory and interview skills.

The NRF Foundation launched RISE Up in January 2017 and is working with retail, nonprofit and public education partners nationwide to help people regardless of education, background, economic means or age acquire the skills they need to secure jobs in retail and advance into promising careers. Since its launch, more than 45,000 participants have completed RISE Up training and credentials.

The Foundation designed the training in collaboration with dozens of retailers, nonprofits and foundations, ensuring that the skills and training it provides meet industry needs, and that the materials created are user-friendly for nonprofits and education groups. The training can be delivered in the classroom or online to people of all backgrounds, ages and education levels. Click here to learn more about RISE Up.

About NRF Foundation
The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. NRF.com/Foundation.

Grant Associates, Inc.
Grant Associates is a national, award-winning workforce development company that has become a trailblazer and a force for innovation in delivering workforce services nationally. A certified Woman-Owned Business, we have operated nearly 80 different programs in communities of all sizes that reflect our strength across the spectrum of workforce development: operating full-service One-Stops, sector-based initiatives, business centers, and programs that serve those on public assistance, as well as other targeted populations such as youth, justice-involved, veterans and the disabled. For more information visit: www.grantassociatesinc.com.

GRANT ASSOCIATES ANNOUNCES MARLENA SESSIONS APPOINTED TO ADVISORY BOARD

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GRANT ASSOCIATES ANNOUNCES MARLENA SESSIONS APPOINTED TO ADVISORY BOARD
First Time National Association of Workforce Boards has Appointed a Service Provider

NEW YORK, NY – Today Grant Associates announced Marlena Sessions will be added to the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Board of Directors. The Board, comprised of individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the workforce system at the state and local level, provides strategic direction to NAWB to advance the interest of workforce boards nationally.

NAWB represents the approximately 550 Workforce Development Boards and their 12,000+ business members that coordinate and leverage workforce strategies with education and economic development stakeholders within their local communities, to ensure that state and local workforce development and job training programs meet the needs of employers. These investments in workforce development create a comprehensive system to provide America with a highly skilled workforce that competes in the global economy.

NAWB is the only national association that advocates for Workforce Development Boards. NAWB works closely with policy makers in Washington, DC to inform national strategy as it relates to the workforce boards and our partners in education, economic development, labor and business.

“We’re exceedingly proud that Marlena has been selected as the first NAWB Board member from a workforce service provider,” said Doug Cotter, President of Grant Associates. “Since joining our team last year, Marlena has been engaging with national leaders around some of the most pressing issues facing local economies and I’m confident those insights will make her a valuable addition to the NAWB Board.”

Ms. Sessions joined Grant Associates in 2017 as the Vice President of Public and Private Partnerships. In this newly created role, she is focused on engaging with community leaders across the country to create new solutions to effect positive change in the lives of those served by the workforce system. As a new NAWB Board member, Ms. Sessions will not only have an opportunity to share her 20-years of experience in the field with a national audience but will also have an opportunity to engage on the latest policy advances and best practices with fellow thought-leaders.
“I am deeply honored to join the NAWB Board,” said Ms. Sessions. “I’ve worked with the leadership on a number of occasions over the years and am looking forward to the opportunity to engage more fully in their important work on behalf of workforce development boards across the country.”

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Grant Associates, Inc.
Grant Associates is a national, award-winning workforce development company that has become a trailblazer and a force for innovation in delivering workforce services nationally. A certified Woman-Owned Business, we have operated nearly 80 different programs in communities of all sizes that reflect our strength across the spectrum of workforce development: operating full-service One-Stops, sector-based initiatives, business centers, and programs that serve those on public assistance, as well as other targeted populations such as youth, justice-involved, veterans and the disabled. For more information visit: www.grantassociatesinc.com.

Peaking around the corner: future trends across industry

In our last blog post we talked about a recent discussion with industry leaders in the Seattle region—experts in the fields of manufacturing, IT, healthcare and trade and logistics—who were asked a few deceptively simple questions, the first of which was: What are your biggest workforce challenges and how are you addressing those challenges? In this month’s post, we’ll explore the second question we asked which was: What are some future trends you are seeing in your field that may seem unrelated to your search for talent, but could certainly have an impact on talent acquisition?

Once we convinced them to put on their “futurist” hat, the predictions were keenly interesting and shed light on some fascinating trends that industry leaders are seeing up ahead.

Nearly to a person, the group shared some overarching trends and traits required in multiple fields including:

  • the need for a multi-skilled worker, or a “utility worker” as one healthcare industry leader called it. Given our increasingly complex world of work (and world in general), another leader called out the need for resiliency in all fields and occupations, and in fact, wanted to incorporate resiliency training into the world of work. Being nimble and adapting to change is now simply a part of any job in any field. The days of employees stating that “things are always changing around here!” as a complaint against company culture are simply gone.
  • Another trend that one life sciences leader harnessed was the challenge of data: big data and lots of it. “So much data…how do we manage it, track it and store it?” applies now to virtually every industry.

Another leader from the Transportation and Logistics field mentioned that now “every job is a tech job,” as our world becomes increasingly automated at every level in every industry. No one in the group expressed concern or significant regard that the automation and artificial intelligence trends would have a major impact on numbers of employees or the continued need for employees with soft and hard skills, at least not in the near term. With the evolution of Artificial Intelligence and all that it implies for our world AND for the Future of Work, this opinion is certainly in the minority and does a bit of tempering to those who are feeling the dread.

Another trend external to the specific fields but impactful to each nonetheless was the fact that ecommerce continues to be on such a growth path. Each industry uses it now to varying degrees of capacity and wants to be sure they are using it most adeptly and efficiently, and with security and peace of mind as top priorities.

We at Grant Associates applaud these industry leaders for their ability to be both savvy experts in their current industries’ day-to-day needs as well as “reading the tea leaves” for what the future might have in store for all of us in the world of work. We will continue to check back with these “anchor employers” to ascertain whether their predictions of trends impacting their industry come true, to what degree, and what might be next on the horizon.

 

Marlena Sessions is a workforce development professional who has dedicated her career to creating self-sufficiency via careers for all people. She is the Vice-President for Public and Private Partnerships for Grant Associates, a national workforce development company that has operated nearly 80 different workforce programs in communities of all sizes.

Talent Isn’t a Given: Industry Leaders’ Insights on Workforce Challenges

In a recent discussion with industry leaders in the Seattle region, several experts in the fields of manufacturing, IT, healthcare and trade and logistics were asked a few deceptively simple questions, one of which was: What are your biggest workforce challenges and how are you addressing those challenges?

This high-caliber group of industry leaders expressed sentiments ahead of many when it comes to the development of the needed workforce and their willingness to hire raw talent and train and promote from within the company. Many of them were in fact favorably biased toward promotion from within and willing to invest the time and resources for employees who possess some basic “soft skills.” They were sophisticated in their knowledge of workforce development and knew that reaching young people is key to developing a talent pipeline for the future. As well, it was a happy discovery that some of them also saw the value-add of hiring Veterans for due to their strong crossover skills, work ethic and myriad other positive attributes.

The group was also self-aware and “company-aware” enough to see the challenges and weaknesses within their own corporate culture. They explained the following challenges:

  • Companies need to do more targeted outreach, education and recruitment within youth and Veteran populations, even though there is general awareness that these are verdant labor pools
  •  More proactive and equitable collaboration needed with competitors in the same industry to potentially leverage combined resources when training employees with similar job skills
  •  The need to keep pace with new positions as industries evolve; this is particularly prescient in the healthcare industry where, for example, “patient advocates” became “navigators” but now with changes in Medicare, there is a need for “something beyond navigators”
  •  Challenges within organizational culture to embrace internship programs and the soft-skill training needs those programs sometimes require
  •  While STEM education is important, the group placed nearly as much importance on the development of “soft skills” including resiliency training and change management; in business as in life, the one constant is change and these leaders see a strong need for employees who can shift gears and pivot along with the needs of the business as well as leaders who can manage their teams effectively through change

These leaders are also challenging their internal cultures to embrace more proactive diversity and equity. One leader noted that while she was happy to see more females entering her workplace, she wasn’t sure the same emphasis was being placed on other areas of diversity including age, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

To those of us in the field of workforce development, solutions like career pipeline development, sector-based training, youth internships, Veteran-focused outreach, and diversity in all its forms, seem relatively straightforward. But even with the awareness and sophistication that these leaders have, there remain challenges to implementing and scaling solutions within company cultures, as one might expect with any institutional culture shifts. All the more reason for those of us in the workforce development field to build strong partnerships with our local business communities to implement solutions that meet the needs of tomorrow’s challenges today.

 

Marlena Sessions is a workforce development professional who has dedicated her career to creating self-sufficiency via careers for all people. She is the Vice-President for Public and Private Partnerships for Grant Associates, a national workforce development company that has operated nearly 80 different workforce programs in communities of all sizes.

GRANT ASSOCIATES EXPANDS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND

Montgomery County, MD, May 1, 2018 – Grant Associates, a nationally acclaimed workforce development company, announced today that it will expand its partnership with WorkSource Montgomery, Inc. to offer employment services for adults and dislocated workers, matching job candidates with employer needs across the county.

Grant Associates, a nationally acclaimed workforce development company, will operate American Jobs Centers in Montgomery County, providing services to both businesses and job seeking residents. Services for job seekers across a variety of demographic areas and levels of need include: resume building and job search workshops, credential attainment and training, and job search assistance including access to job listings in the Maryland Workforce Exchange System. Labor Market Information and access to computer labs and job referrals are also available at the Centers. One of the cornerstones of Grant Associates’ service model is also to build proactive relationships with businesses, both for-profit and non-profit, that result in direct access to job opportunities leading to employment.

Since 2016, Grant Associates has been providing similar services to the County’s youth residents through the WorkSource Montgomery Young Adult Opportunity Center. In addition to career services, this program also provides internships for youth to gain work experience as well as a variety of training and credentialing options.

“We’ve been very pleased with the work Grant Associates is doing with the WorkSource Montgomery Young Adult Opportunity Center,” said Dr. Ellie Giles, CEO of WorkSource Montgomery. “Their expertise as a convener and collaborator of County resources and their connection with strong employment opportunities will drive economic development and enhance quality of life through the empowerment of more county residents to enter high-demand sustainable career pathways. WorkSource Montgomery’s board and stakeholders strive for continuous improvement and service expansion to best serve Montgomery County.”

Grant Associates understands that starting with employment opportunities leads to successful and sustainable jobs for county residents by proactively preparing the pipeline for the opportunities of today and the demand of the future. As part of its new expanded services through the American Jobs Centers, Grant Associates will provide Employer Service resources to a wide range of businesses in key sectors to build the talent pipeline for the county’s 32,386 employers. Grant Associates will use a market-driven approach to identify hiring needs and drive the area’s economic development by working diligently to connect businesses with the hundreds of skilled workers in the county. The company will also assist employers with posting their available jobs in the state’s Workforce Exchange System, connect employers to training resources, and design and execute custom solutions for industry-wide skill shortages.

“We are excited to expand our demand-driven approach to career and business services to include both youth and adult workers in Montgomery County,” said Doug Cotter, President of Grant Associates. “We’ve seen some great successes in the Montgomery Youth program where we’ve developed strong relationships with businesses and other community partners, and we’re eager to build on those and bring similar successes to the American Jobs Centers.”

Grant Associates will employ a staff of 19 between two Centers to provide a full suite of services to the more than one million residents in Montgomery County.

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Grant Associates, Inc.

Grant Associates is a national, award-winning workforce development company that has become a trailblazer and a force for innovation in delivering workforce services nationally. A certified Woman-Owned Business, we have operated nearly 80 different programs in communities of all sizes that reflect our strength across the spectrum of workforce development: operating full-service One-Stops, sector-based initiatives, business centers, and programs that serve those on public assistance, as well as other targeted populations such as youth, justice-involved, veterans and the disabled. For more information visit: www.grantassociatesinc.com.

 

WorkSource Montgomery, Inc.

WorkSource Montgomery, a public-private partnership, convenes key stakeholders to create an innovative workforce system approach for sustainable, industry-driven talent solutions in Montgomery County, MD. For more information visit: worksourcemontgomery.com.