The National Farmwoker Jobs Program (NFJP) grantees support individuals as they pursue their employment and training goals. By offering a variety of flexible training and education options as well as job readiness training and counseling NFJPs are able to guide migrant and seasonal farmworkers toward success.
- Jose L. Perez Robles was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, and moved with his family to the United States as a young child in 1987. Jose dropped out of high school to work in the fields with his family. Even though he worked long hours, he managed to study enough to obtain his GED. For a long time, he struggled doing minimum wage seasonal work and realized there had to be a better way to find a job. After finding the NFJP program in Selma, California, operated by Proteus, Jose was enrolled in the Solar Photovoltaic Training. He graduated at the top of the class and went to work as a Solar Installation Supervisor. Jose has continued to advance in his career and now earns $40,000 a year. [QWSR Sept 30, 2012]
- When Juan arrived in Ohio with his family for agriculture work, they did not have housing. PathStone provided emergency lodging and support services to stabilize the family, allowing them to work the entire season. A PathStone counselor learned that Juan's goal was to secure work that would provide a stable, secure future with growth and promise outside of the fields. After Juan participated in job readiness training, he was enrolled and completed an on-the-job training opportunity. This new path led him to a mold and die company in Tiffin, Ohio, where he is now employed as an Injection Mold Operator, earning $30,000 this year. While working, he also enrolled in community college to advance his skills and opportunities even further. [QWSR June 30, 2012]
- Moving from Puerto Rico to Reading, Pennsylvania, Manuel Ortiz believed the only type of job that would be accessible to him would be in agriculture due to his lack of English language skills and his limited work experience. Mr. Ortiz was working on a farm picking vegetables and fruits, earning a low wage and working on a seasonal basis. After reading an advertisement from Pathstone, a NFJP grantee, about assistance for farmworkers in getting better jobs and new careers, Mr. Ortiz was found eligible and received training through Pathstone to obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). He passed the training course and received his CDL. Mr. Ortiz was offered a position with A B Bros. Trucking making about $700 per week, a huge increase in earnings, driving ship containers and delivering them to various companies. [QWSR Dec 30, 2012]