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LABOR DEPARTMENT AWARDS $81M TO PROVIDE TRAINING, SUPPORT
AND HOUSING ASSISTANCE TO SEASONAL FARMWORKERS
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a News Release about the award of grants to sixty-three organizations for the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) that provides training, support services and housing assistance to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. The Illinois Migrant Council is the recipient to provide statewide NFJP employment and training services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act beginning July 1, 2016.
Below are excerpts from the news release:
“The NFJP is designed to help participants retain and stabilize their current jobs, and acquire new skills and better living arrangements to start careers that provide higher wages and stable, year-round employment. Migrant and seasonal farmworkers often experience chronic unemployment and underemployment due to the nature of the agriculture industry.
‘The hardworking men and women who tend our farms help power the American economy and feed millions of families across the country and around the world,’ stated U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. ‘Farmworkers deserve the opportunity to flourish, and these grants will help provide the firm foundation they need to build a better future for their families.’ ”
Click HERE for the full release.

Announcement about IMC’s full and mobile Websites: Several links and web pages are undergoing changes about IMC’s employment and training programs and partnerships while we transition to the National Farmworker Jobs Program under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act or WIOA.

Training and other services for farmworkers are continuing. Starting soon are occupational training classes for eligible farmworkers. See below.

2016 CSBG SCHOLARSHIPS ARE OPEN!

2016 CSBG Scholarships are open to eligible applicants for colleges and vocational schools. Contact IMC staff identified below for application information.

OCCUPATIONAL TRAINING FOR ELIGIBLE MIGRANT AND
SEASONAL FARMWORKERS HAS STARTED for 2016!

The Illinois Migrant Council is accepting applications of individuals who have worked seasonally as farmworkers in the previous two years for enrollment in occupational classes at local community colleges. IMC counselors will assist participants in career pathways that lead to jobs.

Eligible farmworkers will receive tuition and supportive services to be provided by the National Farmworker Jobs Program under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Check out www.facebook.com/illinoismigrant for updates about training opportunities.

For more information about eligibility criteria (e.g., types of farmwork, income, documents) and the application procedures, contact the IMC office nearest you:

Northwest Illinois
Moline
– 604 19th Street, Unit B
(309) 757-1070 - Ask for Leticia.
lmartinez@illinoismigrant.org

North Central Illinois
Peoria
– 115 S.W. Adams Street
(309) 999-4257 - Ask for Alma.
aprieto@illinoismigrant.org

Southern & Southwest Illinois
Anna
– 335 S. Main Street
(618) 833-8500 - Ask for Salvador.
stomas@illinoismigrant.org

Northern Illinois
Harvard
– 62 N. Ayer Street - Suite D
(815) 943-6851 - Ask for Leo.
lprieto@illinoismigrant.org

FARMWORKERS AND HEALTH INSURANCE

IMC provides educational services for migrant and seasonal farmworkers about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Illinois. Services include answering questions about the benefits of enrolling in Get Covered Illinois or Expanded Medicaid, identifying local Federal Navigator and Illinois In-Person Counselor resources to help with enrollment, and conducting informational sessions.

You may still be eligible to enroll in Get Covered Illinois. The Special Enrollment Period allows enrollment after qualifying life events. Examples are moving to a new state, certain changes in income or family size from marriage, divorce or the birth of a child.
For more information contact:
Esperanza Gonzalez

(312) 663-1522 Ext. 227
Cell (312) 804-1037
Esperanz-Gonzalez@sbcglobal.net

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