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Ready To Work

On October 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor announced $169,771,960 in grants to expedite the employment of Americans struggling with long-term unemployment. The grants are part of the Ready to Work Partnership (Ready To Work) initiative to support and scale innovative collaborations between employers, nonprofit organizations and federal job training programs to help connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.

This program supports and expands public-private partnerships that are helping long-term unemployed individuals get back to work. The Ready To Work grant program will provide those experiencing long-term unemployment with a range of training and supportive and specialized services leading to rapid employment in middle and high-skilled jobs.

Ready To Work projects are built around a comprehensive, up-front assessment of long-term unemployed individuals' needs and skills, resulting in customized interventions across three tracks:

  1. Intensive coaching and other short-term, specialized services culminating in direct job placement into middle and high-skilled jobs;
  2. Short-term interventions leading to employment into middle and high-skilled jobs; and
  3. Accelerated skills training along a career pathway to middle and high skilled jobs.

Projects incorporate work-based training models with earning components for long-term unemployed workers through models such as on-the-job training, paid work experience, paid internships, and Registered Apprenticeships. These programs also include tangible commitments from employers and other partners to provide employment opportunities, technical skills training, and on-the-job training and other paid work experience for H-1B occupations, while also addressing the barriers, income needs, and supportive service needs unique to long-term unemployed workers.


Ready To Work Grant Award Winners! Read the press release and select a Grant Award from the below list for grantee detail.


List of Ready To Work Grant Recipients

Grantee City State Areas Served Amount
Jewish Vocational Service San Francisco CA Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties $6,396,276
NOVA Workforce Development Sunnyvale CA Silicon Valley $5,293,884
Denver Office of Economic Development Denver CO Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, Larimer, Mesa and Weld counties $6,172,569
Capital Workforce Partners Hartford CT Hartford County $6,695,685
Workforce Alliance Inc. New Haven CT New Haven, New London, Tolland, Windham and portions of Fairfield and Middlesex counties $5,490,000
CareerSource North Central Florida Gainesville FL Alachua, Bradford, Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla, Flagler and Volusia counties $10,000,000
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville FL Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Yulee, Fernandina Beach and Hilliard $3,053,461
EmployIndy Indianapolis IN Indianapolis and Marion counties $8,364,602
West Central Indiana Region 4 Workforce Investment Board Lafayette IN Benton, Cass, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Miami, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren and White counties $7,592,924
Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation Millersville MD Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's and St. Mary's counties $9,995,047
Nebraska Department of Labor Lincoln NE Omaha Metropolitan Area $9,162,680
New Jersey Council of County Colleges Trenton NJ State of New Jersey $10,000,000
RochesterWorks Inc. Rochester NY Rochester, Greece, Canandaigua, Geneva and Batavia $5,189,848
Westchester-Putnam Local Workforce Investment Board White Plains NY Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland and Orange counties $9,868,337
WSOS Community Action Commission Inc. Fremont OH State of Ohio $6,122,500
It's My Community Initiative Inc. Oklahoma City OK State of Oklahoma $10,000,000
Worksystems Inc. Portland OR Oregon: Banks, Barlow, Beaverton, Canby, Cornelius, Damascus, Durham, Estacada, Fairview, Forest Grove, Gaston, Gladstone, Gresham, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, Johnson City, King City, Lake Oswego, Maywood Park, Milwaukie, Molalla, North Plains, Oregon City, Portland, Rivergrove, Sandy, Sherwood, Tigard, Troutdale, Tualatin, West Linn, Wilsonville and Wood Village
Washington: Battle Ground, Camas, Castle Rock, Cathlamet, Kalama, Kelso, Longview, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, Woodland and Yacolt
District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund Philadelphia PA Pennsylvania: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties
New Jersey: Burlington and Camden counties
Delaware: New Castle County
Puerto Rico Technoeconomic Corridor Mayaguez PR Aguada, Aguadilla, Anasco, Moca, Rincón, Cabo Rojo, Lajas, Hormigueros, Maricao, Las Marías, Mayaguez, San German, Sabana Grande, Isabela, Guánica, Quebradillas and San Sebastián $7,026,880
Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston Providence RI State of Rhode Island $7,516,324
Memphis Bioworks Foundation Memphis TN Tennessee: Fayette, Shelby and Tipton counties
Mississippi: DeSoto, Marshall, Tate and Tunica counties
Arkansas: Crittenden County
San Jacinto Community College District Pasadena TX Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris and Liberty counties $9,294,620
Project QUEST Inc. San Antonio TX Pleasanton, Bandera, San Antonio, New Braunfels, Pearsall, Fredericksburg, Seguin, Kenedy, Boerne, Kerrville, Hondo and Floresville $6,000,000
Total $169,771,960


Ready to Work SGA Contact

Kia Mason
Reference: SGA/DFA PY 13-07

Ready To Work Program Office

Division of Strategic Investments
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave NW
Room C-4518
Washington DC, 20210