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Job Skills Program (JSP) Grant (Washington)

 
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    CFDA#

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology

    Authority

    Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

    Summary

    The Job Skills Program (JSP) provides funding for customized, short-term and job-specific training for eligible businesses using dollar-for-dollar matching grants. Grants are awarded to educational institutions in Washington that partner with employers to undertake a JSP project. The participating employer must match the grant amount with cash or in-kind program support.


    Job Skills Program projects must meet one or more of the following:

    • Provides short-term training which has been designated for specific industries;
    • Provides training for prospective employees before a new operation opens or when existing industry expands;
    • Includes training or retraining for workers already employed to avoid dislocation, or where upgrading of existing employees would create new vacancies for unemployed persons;
    • Serve an area with high concentrations of economically disadvantaged persons and high unemployment;
    • Promotes the growth of industry clusters;
    • Serves an area where there is a shortage of skilled labor to meet job demands;
    • Promotes the location of new industry in areas affected by economic dislocation.

    JSP supports three types of training projects, each a tool to enhance the competitiveness of Washington's businesses and industries and increasing employment opportunities.


    New Employee Training - Projects provide training for prospective employees before a new plant opens or when an existing company or industry expands. Applicants for training will be drawn from the general population. JSP is particularly interested in providing training and employment opportunities for individuals who are unemployed, victims of plant closures or layoffs, or public assistance recipients. In addition, the JSP applicants should develop goals and demonstrate plans to provide training and employment opportunities to individuals who are under-represented in the labor force—women, people of color, the older worker, and individuals with disabilities.


    Retraining - Projects draw trainees from the company's current employees. The company has determined that retraining is required in order to prevent the dislocation of those individuals selected for retraining and that the training will make the company more competitive within the industry.


    Upgrade Training - Projects draw trainees from the company's current workforce. The company must assure the training is available to all levels of the company as appropriate for the topic and that successful completers will be eligible for promotion or pay increases in accordance with company policies and bargaining agreements.


    Priority for funding may be given to applications:

    • Proposing training that provides college credit or leads to a recognized industry credential;
    • From firms in strategic industry clusters as identified by the state or local area;
    • Proposing coordination with other cluster-based programs or initiatives including but not limited to, industry skill panels, centers of excellence, innovation partnership zones, state-supported cluster growth grants, and local cluster-based economic development initiatives;
    • From consortia of colleges or consortia of employers;
    • Proposing increased capacity for education institutions that can be made available to industry and students beyond the grant recipients.
    • Providing a cash contribution to the project budget.
     

    History of Funding

    2015-2017 Award distribution can be seen at https://www.sbctc.edu/resources/documents/colleges-staff/grants/job-skills-program/jsp-report-to-leg-2015-2017.pdf.

    Additional Information

    The following costs are explicitly prohibited with funds from this grant:

    • Company-based instructors unless there is clear evidence that training is not currently a function of the employee's job.
    • Safety training: required training that is considered an ongoing responsibility of the company to provide for employees.
    • Vendor training: training that is provided by a manufacturer and tied to the purchase, lease, or installation of capital equipment, software, etc.
    • Capital outlays, which are defined as property or equipment with a useful life in excess of one year and a per unit acquisition cost of $5,000 or more.
    • Indirect or overhead costs. For the purposes of this grant, indirect is defined as costs which may not be directly associated with the grant objective and are usually determined by a percentage to allocate to the objective.

    Contacts

    Danny Marshall

    Danny Marshall
    Workforce Education
    1300 Quince Street SE/ PO Box 42495
    Olympia, WA 98504-2495
    (360) 704-4342
     

  • Eligibility Details

    JSP projects require an eligible educational institution and an eligible business or businesses.


    Eligible Educational Institutions An eligible educational institution must be a public secondary or postsecondary institution, an independent institution, or a private career school or college within the state authorized by law to provide a program of skills training or education beyond the secondary school level. This includes the community and technical colleges, secondary vocational programs, public colleges or universities with degree-granting authority, apprenticeship trusts, and private, for-profit or non-profit, nonsectarian educational institutions offering programs beyond the secondary level, provided that such institutions are registered with the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board or meet legal requirements for exemption from this requirement.


    Eligible Business Partners An eligible business partner must be a private corporation, institution, firm, person, group, or association concerned with commerce, trade, manufacturing, or the provision of services within Washington, or a public or nonprofit hospital licensed by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Non-profit organizations meeting the description above are eligible. Government and municipal agencies including tribal governments are not eligible.


    Non-citizens can receive Opportunity Grant funds if they meet the eligibility guidelines.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are accepted in seven rounds. Deadlines are as follows:

    • Round 1 Application deadline May 31, 2021 
    • Round 2 Application deadline August 30, 2021 
    • Round 3 Application deadline November 27, 2021 
    • Round 4 Application deadline February 28, 2022 
    • Round 5 Application deadline June 1, 2022 
    • Round 6 Application deadline September 1, 2022 
    • Round 7 Application deadline December 1, 2022

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary based on scope and size of projects. A single company's JSP award per fiscal year shall not exceed 10 percent of the annual appropriation. Individual company is eligible to receive a JSP grant no more than two times within a 5-year period.


    The program requires that every dollar of JSP funding be matched dollar-for-dollar with private sector contributions. Exception is given to businesses with an annual gross business income (GBI) of less than $500,000. Financial contribution from businesses with GBI of less than $500,000 must be at least equal to the trainees' salaries and benefits while in training (annual GBI is the income reported to the Department of Revenue for the previous fiscal year).

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