The U.S. Department of Labor has partnered with ARC to develop the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC). This $29.2 million initiative focuses on implementing innovative approaches and providing enhanced training and support to dislocated workers, new entrants in the workforce, incumbent workers, and individuals affected by substance use disorder returning to work. Successful awards will support workforce development activities that prepare eligible participants for good jobs in high-demand occupations aligned with a state, regional, or community economic development strategy.
As part of this partnership, ARC has hosted a series of short technical assistance webinars on how to prepare competitive applications. Communities across Appalachia, especially those underserved by other resources, are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted by 4:00 PM (ET) July 29, 2020.
The funding announcement can be found on the Grants.gov website.