Memphis Bioworks Foundation was awarded nearly a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor as part of its Strengthening Working Families Initiative in June 2016. In the Memphis region, the funding will be used to facilitate short-term job training, coaching, and job placement for unemployed or underemployed parents in Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton Counties. This program will include supportive services, including funding for and access to child care resources and transportation assistance. Training will be targeted in advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology careers.
The grant will be administered among training and community partners and employers by the Memphis Bioworks workforce development team, led by Sondra Howell, Director of Workforce Development.
This initiative is in development, and more information will be available soon. In the meantime, you can sign up here to be notified when more information about these training programs is available.