County gets funding for vets

The Washington County WorkForce Center will receive $309,054 to provide services to veterans and dislocated workers who have been on a waiting list at the WorkForce Center. The Washington County Board on Feb. 28 agreed to accept the additional funding from the state and federal governments. The WorkForce Center, which is required by state law, recently applied for and received funding to support two projects. One is the Veterans Project, which was awarded $79,608 for Jan. 1, 2012, to March 31, 2013. This project will serve 24 recently returned veterans by providing development of an individualized employment plan, career counseling services, and training or educational opportunities designed to increase occupational skills. The second, the FastTRAC Project, was awarded $229,446 for Jan. 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. The WorkForce Center currently has a waiting list of people who have been laid off and are eligible for dislocated worker services, but which exceed the WorkForce Center’s capacity and resources. This funding will allow the center to serve an additional 50 dislocated workers and provide services such as individual career counseling services, retraining, and support services.