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Employment and training pilot program takes off in Yakima County

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March 29, 2016

Nosotros le ayudaremos a eliminar los obstáculos que le dificultan obtener un em-pleo exitoso.

TOPPENISH – Though many social service programs nationwide are successful, some people continue to have a difficult time finding lasting employment.

In response, the federal and state government is piloting an employment and training program in the Yakima Valley to help further equip clients with the tools needed to achieve long-term employment.

This program, piloted through Northwest Community Action Center (NCAC) in Toppenish, focuses not on just helping clients get a job, but includes resources which will help clients in keeping that job. The goal of the program is to build a sustainable career by learning the skills they need to be successful throughout their lives. Washington State is just one of just 10 states nationwide chosen to pilot this program.

“For qualified individuals, we will be able to provide life skills instruction, work-based learning, education opportunities and weekly case management,” case manager Mike Parry said.

The employment and training program is rigorously designed to help clients learn successful employment strategies, and capitalize on educational and vocational opportunities in the area.

Clients who will qualify for this free program include individuals who are receiving basic food benefits and are one of the following: veterans, homeless, long-term unemployed, non-custodial parents and limited in English proficiency.

Interested individuals can drop by the NCAC office in Toppenish at 706 Rentschler Lane, or the Work Source Offices in Yakima and Sunnyside to pick up an application or contact Mike Parry at (509) 910-9975.

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Northwest Community Action Center is part of the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic network of care. The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides comprehensive medical, dental, and social services for more than 139,000 people throughout the Pacific Northwest. Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic employs 1,390 full-time staff and more than 600 part-time staff, medical residents, dental residents, students and volunteers. Facilities: 20 medical clinics, 10 dental clinics, 49 programs. Locations: Washington State clinics are located in Grandview, Prosser, Pasco, Spokane, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Walla Walla and Wapato. In Oregon, clinics are located in Hermiston, Portland, Salem and Woodburn. Visit: www.yvfwc.com