Spokane, WA: The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council (SAWDC), who recently became a 501(c)(3) organization, received its first private grant entitled, “High Demand Workforce Pipeline,” in the amount of $100,000 from JPMorgan Chase Foundation to support the expansion of training and education opportunities in the SAWDC’s Next Generation Zone and to develop a Healthcare Workforce Roadmap.
JPMorgan Chase Foundation, through their New Skills at Work Initiative, will rely on data-driven analysis to invest $250 million nationwide in workforce training over five years with an aim to build a demanddriven work system. The SAWDC was the local recipient of this effort which will benefit Opportunity Youth (young adults aged 16-21 who are out of school and unemployed and/or not enrolled in school), businesses and the community-at-large over the one-year term of the grant. In addition, the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation will receive $75,000 for program development to support outcomes provided by the SAWDC.
CEO of the SAWDC, Mark Mattke said, “This award is important for our region as it provides critical support to bolster the development of a talent pipeline that fuels continued growth in key industries. We are honored to work with JP Morgan Chase to expand our capacity to serve Opportunity Youth, identify the future workforce needs of growing businesses, and work with our local education partners to help ensure that high-quality, local pathways that lead to well-paying, in-demand jobs are readily available and more accessible.”
The Next Generation Zone, located next to WorkSource Spokane and serving young adults, receives $56,000 (of the $100,000) for the purchase of new technology; to pay for National Career Readiness Certifications (NCRC) and testing; to provide scholarships to industry-specific cohort training (advanced manufacturing, healthcare, professional and business services); to pay for supportive services like transportation vouchers; and lastly, professional development for staff at Next Generation Zone, enabling more effective use of today’s technology in the classroom.
The SAWDC also received $44,000 to develop a Healthcare Workforce Roadmap, which supports JPMorgan’s goal of relying on data analysis to guide workforce development. The study will identify needs and critical occupations to support growth in the healthcare industry cluster in the Spokane region. Based upon findings from the study, the SAWDC will influence the development of training opportunities in growing industries and illuminate opportunities to support the training of qualified personnel.