Employment training center WORKFORCE plus will soon be able to serve more people in Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla counties. Training services and job preparation assistance will now be available to higher-income people.
WORKFORCE plus is raising the maximum hourly wage to qualify for its services by a third. CEO Jim McShane says employers have posted 6,000 jobs in the three-county region, and the one-stop shops will now be able to help more people get them.
“What that will do is open up a group of folks that would like to get some additional training to get a better job or to get a job, and that will now make them eligible," he says.
The change means a Leon County family of three earning $56,000 or less will now qualify for WORKFORCE plus training programs. The previous qualifying threshold was around $42,000.