Tulare County receives $1M ag skills grant

Tulare County is one of three counties in California to receive Ag Skills Advancement Project from Department of Labor

(Rigo Moran)
Mid Valley Times Staff
Published March 13, 2024  • 
11:00 am

VISALIA – The Tulare County Workforce Investment Board announced on March 11 it has received a $1 million grant for its Ag Skills Advancement Project from the Department of Labor’s Disaster Relief National Dislocated Worker Grant Initiative. 

Managed by the California Employment Development Department, this grant acknowledges the board’s track record and the importance of agriculture in the local economy. Tulare County is one of three in California awarded this funding, available through September 2026.

The project aims to collaborate with local agricultural businesses to understand workforce trends, identify skills gaps and develop educational and talent pipelines. It addresses changes in the agricultural sector due to technological advancements, regulatory changes, climate change and COVID-19, focusing on the need for farmworkers to learn new skills and adapt.

The funding will support the creation of an agricultural sector partnership to align training programs with business needs and help farmworkers, their families, and residents of underserved communities secure stable, safe employment in agriculture and other sectors.

Partners in this initiative include Community Services Employment Training, Proteus Inc., College of the Sequoias, Porterville College and the Employment Development Department. Each contributes expertise in workforce development, education and community service. The board’s efforts aim to enhance economic resilience and prosperity in Tulare County by equipping the workforce with necessary skills and fostering educational partnerships.

Mid Valley Times Staff