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Literacy Center Announces Expansion of Workforce Development Grant

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Expanding Incumbent Work Training Program Beyond Kent County
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The Literacy Center of West Michigan’s Customized Workplace English Program announced the expansion of the Incumbent Worker Training Program federal grant.  The program is currently serving companies in Grand Rapids and seeks to expand to companies beyond Kent County. The grant cycle for the training program began this month and will end in September. 


“We are excited about this program expansion. This grant has allowed us to bring training to employers that have employees who need assistance in improving their reading and foundational skills,” said Vera Grishkina, Director of the Customized Workplace English Program.


To assist in the grant expansion, the Literacy Center has hired two temporary staff members, Susan Holwerda and Candice Churchwell.  Susan is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and has 15 years of educational experience.  She will teach English as a second language classes.  Candice holds a master’s degree from Western Michigan University and has over 25 years of educational experience. She will serve as the Career Coach for the program.


The Incumbent Worker Program Expansion is designed to improve employee skills, promote company growth, and prevent dislocation of Michigan businesses or employees.  The job specific training also addresses new work processes or business restructuring and introduction to new industry technology.  Companies interested in participating in the Incumbent Worker Program Expansion should contact Vera Grishkina at (616)459-5151, ext. 14.





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