published on February 1, 2019 - 10:46 AM
Written by Gabriel Dillard

The Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board (WDB) has been selected for a competitive training program meant to help job seekers with families.

The WDB is among 12 Workforce agencies in the country selected for the National Association of Workforce Boards Innovate+Educate (I+E) Project. Supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the I+E Project will provide training to WDB personnel to identify problems in the family unit that may affect unemployed job seekers.

That will better prepare them for connecting those job seekers with resources, said Blake Konczal, WDB executive director.

Family issues surrounding housing, transportation and childcare are common barriers for job seekers, he added.

“We are excited to be chosen for this highly competitive program,” Konczal said. “Unemployed persons in Fresno County specifically need this type of approach.”

The first training sessions have taken place via webinar, and WDB staffers will travel to Washington D.C. at the end of March for the first in-person trainings, Konczal said.

“We believe this work is a critical part of addressing economic mobility, which is at the heart of all of our projects,” stated Jamai Blivin, CEO of Innovate+Educate. “Fresno is one of the youngest, most diverse, and fastest growing cities, but it also has the nation’s second-highest rate of concentrated poverty according to United States Census data.”

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