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National Farmworkers Jobs Program

Contact: Louisa Mora, Program Director
Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) of Washington
815 Fruitvale Boulevard
Yakima, WA 98902-1922
Telephone: 509.888.6012
E-mail: lo.mo@yvoic.org

State website: http://www.yvoic.org/services/farmworkers.html

Participation: 700 migrant and seasonal farmworker were served by the National Farmworkers Jobs Program (NFJP) between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

Who is Served: Under Core Services we can serve any person requesting assistance with job search and referrals as well as job search preparation, we also provide worker safety trainings. Individuals requiring intensive and training services may qualify for services as long as they meet NFJP 167 eligibility; employed in or be a dependent of an agricultural worker, authorized to work in the US, meet income eligibility guideline and for males, meet Selective Service requirement, waiver may be allowed.

Program Description: The OIC of Washington NFJP is designed to serve economically disadvantaged people who primarily depend on employment in agricultural labor and who experience chronic unemployment or underemployment. Through training and other workforce development services, the program is intended to assist eligible participants and their families to prepare for jobs likely to provide stable, year-round employment both within and outside agriculture. Program services include the following:

  • Core Services: Include skills assessment, job search resources and referrals, eligibility determination and access for participants to local WorkSource centers.
  • Training Services: Include job readiness training, occupational skills training, and on-the-job training.
  • Intensive Services: Include comprehensive assessments, individual employment, training and educational development planning achieved through a case management-based individual service strategy and job training.
  • Related Assistance (RA) Services: Help customers address urgent or life threatening matters, such as health, housing and transportation, so they are able to retain agricultural employment or participate in Intensive Services. Workplace safety and farmworker pesticide safety instruction is also provided.

Program History: As the U.S. Department of Labor grantee for the NFJP, OIC has provided employment and training services to over 10,000 migrant and seasonal farm workers and helped an estimated 14,000 family members. OIC of Washington serves participants through six regional offices located in five of the six state Agricultural Reporting Areas. In addition, the NFJP has partnered with the state’s WorkSource/One-Stop Career Center System.

Planning Cycle: Two-year competitive bid.

Outcome Measures: The program is measured by the number of eligible individuals participating in intensive and training assistance. The program is also measured by the number of individuals entering employment, employment retention rate and earnings increase rates.

Funding and Regional Division: The NFJP provides services out of six regional offices located in the following service delivery areas:

  • Yakima Regional Office-serves Kittitas County and the Upper Yakima Valley.
  • Sunnyside Regional Office-serves the Lower Yakima Valley.
  • Pasco Regional Office-serves Benton, Franklin, and Walla Walla counties.
  • Moses Lake Regional Office-serves Grant and Adams counties.
  • Wenatchee Regional Office-serves Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties.
  • Mount Vernon Regional Office-serves Skagit and Whatcom counties.

Funds are distributed to states by formula developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, and are allocated according to project applications and approved grant plans.

State Funding: None.

Federal Funding: $2,996,573 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015), U.S. Department of Labor.

Statutory Authority: Federal - Title 1, Section 167, National Farmworker Jobs Program, of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Adult Services

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