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This site is a vehicle for National Farmworker Jobs Program grantees and Monitor Advocates to access resources, trainings, post relevant materials, and connect with others whose goal it is to ensure the success of farmworkers.
Alias worked in the Shenandoah Growers Greenhouse as a seasonal farmworker since arriving from Iraq, his native country. He had limited English proficiency and lacked a sufficient work history to be gainfully employed in the United States. Alias was looking for a better future to provide for his wife and son, but was struggling to meet his basic needs. To stabilize his life, he needed direction and assistance.
In May 2013, Alias visited the Harrisonburg, VA office of Telamon and inquired about the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP). After an informal interview, a variety of assessment tests were administered to identify his interests, aptitudes, and basic skills. Once he qualified for the program, the NFJP grantee and Alias worked together to develop a plan designed to improve his skills, address all barriers, and achieve his career goals. Alias enrolled in the Massanutten Technical Center for English as a Second Language. Telamon also encouraged Alias to complete Computer Literacy and Job Readiness training to prepare him for interviews and to better equip him for the type of job he was seeking.
Alias completed an important step toward reaching his goals by earning two English as a Second Language certificates from Massanutten Technical Center and his accomplishment was immediately rewarded with a promotion to coordinator in the receiving department at Shenandoah Growers Greenhouse. The promotion earned him an additional $3.00 per hour and Alias told us, “I am very happy with my promotion. I’m doing a job that I enjoy. I appreciate so much the assistance I received from your program when I really needed it.”
Alias as a great example of how education leads to better opportunities in life, and his story is another success of the National Farmworker Jobs Program. Additional information about Alias and the NFJP program is available at Telamon Virginia and the NFJP websites.
Wilmar was a seasonal field worker on Monsantos Farm, but shortly after receiving a layoff notice, he met Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) staff person Patty Cordens. Wilmar and his case manager Patty worked together to complete an assessment and identify his goal of employment in the care giving field. Wilmar met up at the Worklinks Office in Waipahu, did numerous job searches online and applied at various places of employment for several weeks. Wilmar applied for a position with a company that provides assistance to those with developmental disabilities, even though the job was for limited hours at a pay rate of $11 an hour. However, Wilmar excelled in the position and is now earning $18.25 an hour. Along the way, MEO had helped Wilmar with related assistance.
Wilmar is passionate about his work and the job is creating his pathway to self-sufficiency. Both Wilmar and Patty Cordens are serving their community – congratulations to them and MEO. For more information about farmworker programs, please visit MEO and NFJP.
The current period of performance for all National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) employment and training and housing grants is scheduled to end June 30, 2015. Typically, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) – previously called a Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) – would be published in February 2015 to make program year (PY) 2015 awards by July 1, 2015. However, to facilitate the transition of the NFJP from the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that takes effect on July 1, 2015, the Department of Labor has determined to delay the release of a NFJP FOA until November 2015. The Department will extend all current NFJP grant awards for an additional year, through June 30, 2016. The Department’s ability to grant this one-year grant extension is based on the transition provisions at section 503(b) of the WIOA legislation.
In March 2015 the Department will release a Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) on Program Year 2015 planning guidance for current NFJP grantees. The TEGL will provide instructions on preparing and submitting grant plans for PY 2015, and will include the PY 15 grant allocations.
In November 2015 the Department will release an FOA for PY 2016 NFJP grant awards through Grants.gov.
At Proteus Inc., David was enrolled in the Agriculture Dislocated Worker and
the National Farmworker Job (NFJP) programs. In the farmworker programs, he
worked with Yolanda Hernandez, his Employer Service Representative, and
received services including career assessment and case management, Energy
Efficiency Renewable Energy Industry occupational skills training and related
assistance. In August 2014, David successfully graduated from his Energy
Efficiency Renewable Energy Industry vocational training program and earned a
Certificate of Skill Attainment from the William M. Maguy School of Education.
With the help of his Proteus Inc. job counselor, David was hired as a Junior
Solar Installer by Solar City in August 2014. David is now working forty hours
a week and earns $13.00 per hour. David is happy that he is utilizing his newly
acquired vocational skills and working in a fast growing solar industry that
will bring him employment security for years to come.
Congratulations to David and the Proteus, Inc. staff on their success. Additional information about Proteus Inc, the MSFW monitor advocate system and NFJP is available at their websites and www.doleta.gov/farmworker.