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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Santa Barbara County Probation Partnership with Work Force Development Board Grant Award.doc

Santa Barbara County Probation is proud to announce the growing partnership with the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board thanks to the successful Supervised Population Workforce Training Grant award in the amount of $341,373.72. Over the 18 months of the grant, these funds will be utilized by Workforce Development Board and Probation, in partnership with Community Solutions Inc., and Santa Barbara Contractors Association to establish a public/private collaboration to address the employment needs of unemployed and underemployed adults who are on Probation supervision in Santa Barbara County.
The grant funds will supplement and enhance the services that the supervised probation population receives and establish new partnerships to improve employment outcomes. The proposal incorporates innovative best practices including Sector Strategies and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Offenders Seeking Employment designed to enhance and improve employment outcomes and support employment retention. Utilizing a personal case management and support, three tracks will provide education, on the job training, and access to Apprenticeship programs to create sustainable employment which serves the community while increasing positive outcomes for clients under supervision.
The grant funds are part of $4.3 million in Recidivism Reduction Funds administered via the California Workforce Development Board (State Board), in partnership with the Employment Development Department (EDD) to implement and support recidivism reduction workforce training and development programs targeting the supervised population. The supervised population includes all persons who are on probation, mandatory supervision, or post release community supervision.
The Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board (WDB) is a public/private partnership funded by the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act legislation and is staffed by the County of Santa Barbara. The WDB develops innovative workforce strategies that help businesses, individuals, and industries achieve and sustain economic vitality across all communities in Santa Barbara County.

Contact

Kristina Brumbaugh
Public Information Officer
(805) 882-3659
kbrumba@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

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