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GRANTEE:

North East Texas Workforce Development Board (WDB)

 

 

ADDRESS:

2501 College Drive

Texarkana, TX 75503

 

 

AMOUNT:

$200,000

DURATION:

24 months

 

 

POPULATION SERVED: Jobseekers with disabilities.

 

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The grant will be used to fund salaries, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, supplies, accommodations, and indirect costs. The proposed positions include a part-time program administrator, a part-time information specialist, and two full-time employment specialists.

 

WDB notes that it is not a direct-service provider; it contracts with a service provider to operate the four Texas Workforce Centers (TWC) and to deliver WIA core, intensive, and training services. WDB will retain administrative and operational responsibilities for the Work Incentive Grant.

 

According to Census 2000 data, 34,164 (aged 21-64) in the WDB service area were classified as disabled. This represents 24% of the area population (as compared to 19.9% statewide). Of this number, only 12% were employed.

 

WDBs primary service strategy is the development of a person-centered case management system. Case managers will be available to assist disabled customers in such areas as TANF, food stamps, employment and training, re-integration of offenders, veteran issues, and Wagner-Peyser employment services.

 

TWC staff will provide career and vocational assessment, occupational skills training, assistive technology, job coaching, pre-employment training, job development and placement, support services, and counseling. Grant funds will also be used to train non-specialist staff in disability-related issues and resources.

 

Partners include the literacy councils of Miller and Bowie counties, North East Texas and Lakes Region mental health/mental retardation agencies, the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, the Region VII Education Center, the members of the North East Texas Opportunity Program, and the Department of Health and Human Services. These groups have agreed to serve as members of the Advisory Coalition for this Work Incentive Grant.

 

 

GEOGRAPHIC AREA TO BE SERVED: Cities of Mt. Pleasant, Paris, Sulphur Springs, and Texarkana, Texas; counties of Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River, and Titus, Texas.

 

 

CONTACT:

Kay O'Dell

903-794-9490, ext. 104