The Workforce Development program at SENDCAA was implemented at the beginning of 2020. The Workforce Development Initiative with United Way provides funding for SENDCAA’s Workforce Development Case Manager. The Workforce Development Case Manager’s role is to provide supportive services to individuals who are underemployed or unemployed; by connecting them to in-demand training and employment. One of the main goals of the Workforce Development Program is to lift people out of poverty by helping low-income individuals obtain and maintain livable wage employment.
The goals of SENDCAA’s Workforce Development Program are:
1. Increase access to training
2. Address barriers to employment
3. Obtain livable wage jobs
SENDCAA’s Workforce Development program provides case management that is guided by the whole family approach; addressing needs of the entire family. Supporting the whole family with resources such as childcare, housing, transportation, and economic assistance is vital to the success of the entire household. By removing barriers from the household so that individuals can focus on training and employment goals.
The goal of Workforce is to lift people out of poverty, so it is imperative to provide services with an awareness of the relationship between poverty and race. Racial disparities are an important factor when addressing the employment gaps that exist in our community. One of the ways Workforce works to address racial inequity is by providing services with low barriers and implementing outreach weekly within the community so that individuals have access to services. This increases access to training programs and education resources for all individuals. SENDCAA’s Workforce Development Program also works with a community of partners through United Way; called the ESHARA. ESHARA is a group of partners from a diverse background providing culturally appropriate services for all and advocating for New American population. Workforce will continuously work towards addressing inequities in the services provided by learning, being an advocate for racial justice, and breaking down barriers to employment. For more information, contact Ashley Littlewolf at (701)232-2452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SENDCAA's Workforce Development program is supported by the United Way of Cass Clay.