published on May 26, 2016 - 3:55 PM
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The California Employment Development Department has awarded Tulare County a $950,000 grant to retrain 474 recently laid-off workers, including 164 who lost their jobs with Odwalla last month.


The funding is meant to assist the Tulare Workforce Development Board help displaced workers find new jobs with retraining, skills development and job placement.

“This grant will not only help the employees who lost their jobs at the Odwalla juice production plant in Dinuba, but it’s also an investment in the community that was affected by the mass layoff,” said Employment Development Department Director Patrick Henning Jr. “The funds will provide the resources necessary to retrain and transition the Odwalla displaced workers and other unemployed individuals into new career opportunities.”  

In February Odwalla announced it would be laying off its workforce, two years after relocating its corporate headquarters from Half Moon Bay to Dinuba.

The funding is part of the Dislocated Worker Fund meant to give those laid off a quick transition to new employment.

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