SER Jobs for Progress Announces $ 2.2 Million Department of Labor Grant Award for Its Coaching to Care Initiative

Jun 18, 2010, 15:30 ET from SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc.

DALLAS, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc., (SER National), the nation's premier community-based organization serving the employment and training needs of the Hispanic Community and a key player in the nation's workforce investment system for 45 years, today announced that it has been awarded a $ 2.2 Million grant from the Department of Labor for its Coaching to Care Initiative.

The SER Job for Progress Coaching to Care Initiative is a program designed to facilitate healthcare career exploration for disadvantaged job seekers, using individualized encouragement and advanced technologies.

"We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Department of Labor, which will enable us to help members of the community leverage technology to improve their job prospects in the area of health based services," stated Ignacio Salazar, President & CEO, SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc. "This initiative will be implemented in partnership with eleven (11) local community-based SER-affiliated organizations and throughout a minimum of 44 sites across the country from Florida to California."

The Coaching to Care initiative will enhance the ability of over 550 Career Coaches to deliver virtual career exploration services, including healthcare careers, and it will also increase the ability of at least 28,000 job seekers to make use of and benefit from online employment resources.  

In each local market, SER has also partnered with local One-Stop Centers, workforce systems, community-colleges, and schools to expand the outreach and impact of the initiative.

A Network of Partners

SER's network of affiliates serves over 1 million people across the country annually and offers a wide array of services that includes child care and child development, housing, English as a Second Language and youth, adult and older worker job training opportunities.

Key partners in the implementation of this grant include the following eleven (11) SER National Affiliated organizations: SER of San Joaquin Valley, Fresno, CA; Central States SER, Chicago, Illinois; SER Metro Detroit, Detroit, Michigan; La Alianza Hispana, Roxbury, Massachusetts; Latin Business Institute, Garden Grove, CA; SER Florida, Miami, Florida; SER Corporation of Kansas, Wichita, Kansas; Southeastern Massachusetts SER, Fall River, Massachusetts; Puerto Rican Unity for Progress, Camden, New Jersey; Hispanic American Organization, Allentown, Pennsylvania; and, SER of the Texas Gulf Coast, Houston, Texas

DOL Capacity Building Grants

The Department of Labor's Capacity-Building Grants are designed to enhance the ability of community and faith-based organizations to deliver virtual career exploration services, including health care careers.

About SER Jobs for Progress

SER- Jobs for Progress National, Inc. (SER -National) is a partnership of business, community, government and education entities working together to create positive change in the workforce investment system. Established in 1965 by the League of United Latin American Citizens and the American GI Forum, the SER Network of Partners currently comprises 30 affiliates operating in more than 200 locations in 17 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, providing direct services to more than a one million people annually. SER is headquartered in Irving, TX.

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