TC Energy (formerly TransCanada Corporation) has awarded $2,000 to the Latino Community Association (LCA) to expand and strengthen its workforce education services. LCA works to equip its immigrant clients with English proficiency, job readiness and workplace skills so they can obtain higher-paying jobs and better afford housing, food and health care.
Currently, LCA offers five English classes with childcare and has 80 volunteers who provide one-on-one English tutoring. It offers computer tutoring and periodic computer classes, and helps clients refine their resumes, plan for career change and map out the education and training required to reach their goals.
Roughly half of LCA’s adult clients speak limited English and fewer than one in five have an email account or regularly use a computer. Since most jobs are now listed on websites, it is essential to teach applicants to navigate the Internet and complete online applications.
With the TC Energy grant, LCA aims to enroll 200 people in workforce education classes and/or tutoring. LCA will leverage the funds with other private and public funding, as well as local donations and volunteer resources, to ensure that low-income families gain access to living-wage jobs.
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