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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: 509-248-6751
E-mail: lo.mo@yvoic.org

 

Participation: 700 migrant and seasonal farmworker adult and youth are served by the National Farmworkers Jobs Program (NFJP) every year between July 1 and June 30 of the current program year.

Who is Served: 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 more staff assistance 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 low income guidelines and for males, meet Selective Service requirement, waiver may be allowed.

Program Description: The OIC of Washington NFJP is designed to connect economically disadvantaged workers, who primarily depend on employment in agricultural labor and who experience chronic unemployment or underemployment, with access to education, training and supportive services to progress along a career pathway.  This in turn meets the workforce needs of Washington businesses. Through coordination of services with other workforce development programs we share costs to fund work-based learning opportunities, including on-the-job training, apprenticeship, internships, job shadows and incumbent worker training as well as credential attainment.  These services provide businesses effective solutions to recruit workers, close skill gaps, and retain a stable workforce. Individualized employee services encourage ongoing skill training for career advancement both within and outside agriculture.

  • Basic Career Service: access to skills assessment, job search resources and referrals, eligibility determination and access to local WorkSource center services.
  • Comprehensive Career Services: Hands on case management-based individual service to assess and substantiate existing skills, development of educational, employment and training plans that delineate a clear career pathway, coordination of resources to fund training, secure employment and follow up to ensure successful retention of employment or assistance with job advancements. 
  • Business Services: Recruitment of workers to meet changing needs and increase diversity,  upskilling worker to stay competitive, retention of worker to reduce cost  

·         Related Assistance Only (RAO) Services: Assists farmworkers and dependents of farmworkers address urgent or life threatening matters, such as health, housing and transportation, so they are able to retain agricultural employment. 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: Four-year competitive bid.

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

Funding and Regional Division: The NFJP provides services out of six regional offices and two satellite office, 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

o  Satellite offices:

      • Located in WorkSource Walla Walla
      • Located in WorkSource Columbia Basin
  • 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, 2016-June 30, 2017), U.S. Department of Labor.

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

 

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