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Awardee:

Golden Crescent Workforce Development Board, Inc.

PO Box 1936

Victoria, Texas 77902

 

Contact: Laura G. Sanders, Executive Director

Phone: (316) 576-5872

 

Proposed Award Amount: $299,995

Community Served: Golden Crescent Workforce Development Area

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph: Although Golden Crescent has benefited from a statewide Work Incentive Grant, awarded in 2002, through the enhancement of programs as well as accessibility of facilities, three of its Career Centers sill need funding for fully accessible technologies. This project will fund these upgrades. In addition, to prepare for its imminent Employment Network status under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentive Improvement Act, and to enhance its ability to serve disabled customers, this project will fund a Disabilities Specialist, who will provide services similar to those listed for the Disability Program Navigator. The project will also provide a series of workshops and Employment Essentials classes to disabled customers; these classes include workplace and computer literacy, SCANS skills, and job readiness components. Finally, the project anticipates providing office space in Career Centers where organizations serving the disabled can provide on-site intake, eligibility screening, and counseling services.

Partnerships: Programs provided within the One Stop Career Centers: WIA Title I, TANF Choices, Food Stamp Employment & Training, Veterans, Project RIO (Reintegration of Offenders), Job Corps, School to Career, Communities in Schools, TAA/NAFTA, Senior Texas Employment Program (STEP), Wagner-Peyser Employment Services, and Subsidized Child Care Services. Consortium partners Texas Rehabilitation Commission, Texas Commission for the Blind, Corpus Christi Council for the Deaf, Gulf Bend Mental Health & Mental Retardation, San Antonio Independent Living Center, Veterans employment & training programs, and Devereau (home-based living program)