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BHC awarded $125,000 grant to re-skill recently unemployed

Black Hawk College has received a one-year, $125,000 grant to prepare newly unemployed Rock Island County residents to return to the workforce.

The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation worked through United Way of the Quad Cities to award the Re-Skilling of the Newly Unemployed Grant to Black Hawk College and Eastern Iowa Community College District.

Each college received $125,000 to pay for short-term training programs that do not qualify for funding through more traditional forms. These frequently are programs that are attractive to individuals who wish to get back into the workforce quickly.

Interested Rock Island County residents must complete an application and have an interview with an advisor. Advisors screen applicants to make sure they have a good understanding of the career they want to pursue and to be sure they have a life plan in place that will support success (such as day care arrangements and transportation).

Applicants must show that they have been laid off or are working a reduced number of hours and must have a work history of being regularly employed. They must actively look for work when their training is completed.

Through the grant, Black Hawk College students have enrolled in CNA, phlebotomy technician, dialysis technician, pharmacy technician, production welding, office management/computer skills and truck driving classes.

For more information, contact Kathy McCabe at 309-796-8229.

Read the Dispatch/Rock Island Argus article — New help available for unemployed to find new jobs

Read the Quad-City Times/Quad-City Business Journal article — Foundation helps underemployed workers develop job skills