By leveraging their grant awards, Frazier said two-thirds of the recipients had forged new cooperative workforce initiative. So rather than competing, they are partnering with each other.
As a result of the two-year initiative, 785 participants secured jobs. Of those, 180 have already received promotions or raises. Another 504 jobs were retained.
Frazier said he anticipates continued investment in rebuilding the workforce, but said he doesn’t know if it will come in another single $2.4-million chuck.
“We are committed,” he said. “We know we are stewards and that follow-up is essential.”
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