News Release No.: 16-17


June 13, 2016

$1.4 million will provide employment assistance to people with disabilities Funds will connect applicants and employers in seven California regions including: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Mateo, North Central, Sierra, Madera SACRAMENTO: People with disabilities in seven California regions will get valuable career assistance and opportunities with the help of $1.4 million in grants awarded by the California Employment Development Department today. “Many people with disabilities have great desire, dedication, and skill sets to offer employers in California,” said EDD Director Patrick Henning, Jr. “But they face unique challenges in ensuring employers recognize the skills and talents they can bring to a job. The local programs supported by these grants provide the financial incentive and support to establish, nurture, and expand disability-friendly workplaces.” The 2016 Disability Employment Accelerator funds will help eight workforce development agencies serving 12 counties to develop innovative ways to assist people with disabilities to secure in-demand jobs by creating partnerships and engaging businesses in high-growth industries. The local workforce development agencies will use these partnerships to implement “earn and learn” service strategies that include paid on-the-job training, transitional jobs, and work-experience opportunities. These “earn and learn” models provide businesses the flexibility to customize training to achieve specific goals while placing people with disabilities on career pathways that can provide economic independence. The grant recipients will be responsible for designing, developing, implementing, and supporting projects that provide employment and re-employment strategies for people with disabilities. The individual awards range from $150,000 to $185,715. The grants are made available by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s Governor’s discretionary funds under the administrative authority of the California EDD. They are awarded in coordination with the California Workforce Development Board and the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. (more)

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EDD News Release No. 16-17



The eight Disability Employment Accelerator grant awardees are:

Awardee Golden Sierra Job Training Agency

NOVA Workforce Development

Verdugo Workforce Development Board

Workforce Development Board of Madera County


Alpine, El Dorado, Placer

San Mateo

Los Angeles


San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development

San Francisco

North Central Counties Consortium

Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Yuba

Sacramento Employment and Training Agency City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department Total


Los Angeles




Darlene Galipo, Deputy Director 530-823-4635 ext. 247 [email protected]


Luther Jackson, Program Manager 408-730-7832 [email protected]


Judith Velasco, Executive Director 818-937-8031 [email protected]


Elaine Craig, Executive Director 559-662-4589 [email protected]


John Halpin, Director (415) 701-4856 [email protected]


Nancy Crooks, Executive Director (530) 822-7145 [email protected]


Michelle O’Camb, Workforce Development Manager 916-263-3868 michelle.o’[email protected]


Jaime Pacheco-Orozco, Acting Director 213-744-7137 [email protected]


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