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Workforce Development Month: ARPA workforce investments in supporting the public sector

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    Workforce Development Month: ARPA workforce investments in supporting the public sector

    In celebration of Workforce Development Month, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is highlighting critical investments counties have made using their American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (Recovery Funds) in workforce development. This week, NACo will be highlighting workforce investments counties have made to strengthen the public sector labor force. 

    While the private sector in the U.S. quickly rebounded, current predictions from Moody Analytics estimate that it may take until 2026 to recoup state and local jobs to 2020, pre-pandemic levels. With the infusion of resources from ARPA, counties have a unique opportunity to make critical investments aimed at addressing public workforce shortages.  

    Counties play a critical role in providing essential services to their communities, and are employers of over 3.6 million county employees, making it imperative that they have a strong and resilient workforce.  Using their Recovery Funds, counties are working towards enhancing their workforce through expanding and developing new programs and practices, creating new networks and partnerships, providing financial assistance to ease the cost of education, providing incentives to work in the public sector and more.

    Rockingham County, N.H. 

    Rockingham County is expanding nursing job training assistance programs with $2.7 million in Recovery Funds, in an effort to offset staffing shortages in critical county healthcare positions. The funding will support Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNA), Master of Nursing Administration (MNA) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) training programs, employee scholarships and new hire incentives for critical county positions in the county’s nursing homes and correctional facilities that have lost employees during the pandemic.  

    San Diego County, Calif. 

    San Diego County utilized $5 million of their Recovery Funds for a Career Pathways program to provide career assessment, employable skills, knowledge and financial incentives to current and former foster youth. Paving the way for the next generation of government workers, this program will support foster youth as they search for careers, specifically careers within the San Diego County Government. Eligible youth who are enrolled in high school, vocational/certificate programs or a college/university will receive additional financial support (scholarships, educational related expenses, etc.) to ensure the continuation and completion of their program while participating in Career Pathways. 

    El Paso County, Texas 

    El Paso County has invested $3.5 million of their Recovery Funds to expand training and increase the capacity of the county’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). The CIT is a community partnership between law enforcement and mental health professionals who both receive specialized training on mental health crisis-related calls for service. The unit is trained to recognize mental illness, enhance their verbal crisis de-escalation skills, and provide more streamlined access to community-based mental health services.  

    Wake County, N.C. 

    With $2.3 million in Recovery Funds, Wake County has teamed up with Wake Technical Community College and six county fire departments to increase racial and gender diversity in the fire services, and allow candidates with no experience to earn a salary while being trained. 

    The county will utilize the funding for a series of in-person community recruitment meetings, grassroots outreach and full salary and benefits for recruits that attend the 38-week Wake County Fire Training Academy at no cost. Candidates who successfully complete the academy will have full-time jobs at one of six local fire departments, including Durham Highway, Fairview, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Northern Wake and Wendell fire departments. Since launching this effort, nearly 500 people have applied to be firefighters in these departments.

    In celebration of Workforce Development Month, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is highlighting critical investments counties have made using their American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds
    2022-09-29
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    2022-11-22
Counties are continuing to utilize Recovery Funds to address critical labor shortages in the public sector Several counties have leveraged Recovery Funds to create and enhance job training programs, and provide incentives and pathways into county government to compete with the private sector

In celebration of Workforce Development Month, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is highlighting critical investments counties have made using their American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (Recovery Funds) in workforce development. This week, NACo will be highlighting workforce investments counties have made to strengthen the public sector labor force. 

While the private sector in the U.S. quickly rebounded, current predictions from Moody Analytics estimate that it may take until 2026 to recoup state and local jobs to 2020, pre-pandemic levels. With the infusion of resources from ARPA, counties have a unique opportunity to make critical investments aimed at addressing public workforce shortages.  

Counties play a critical role in providing essential services to their communities, and are employers of over 3.6 million county employees, making it imperative that they have a strong and resilient workforce.  Using their Recovery Funds, counties are working towards enhancing their workforce through expanding and developing new programs and practices, creating new networks and partnerships, providing financial assistance to ease the cost of education, providing incentives to work in the public sector and more.

Rockingham County, N.H. 

Rockingham County is expanding nursing job training assistance programs with $2.7 million in Recovery Funds, in an effort to offset staffing shortages in critical county healthcare positions. The funding will support Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNA), Master of Nursing Administration (MNA) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) training programs, employee scholarships and new hire incentives for critical county positions in the county’s nursing homes and correctional facilities that have lost employees during the pandemic.  

San Diego County, Calif. 

San Diego County utilized $5 million of their Recovery Funds for a Career Pathways program to provide career assessment, employable skills, knowledge and financial incentives to current and former foster youth. Paving the way for the next generation of government workers, this program will support foster youth as they search for careers, specifically careers within the San Diego County Government. Eligible youth who are enrolled in high school, vocational/certificate programs or a college/university will receive additional financial support (scholarships, educational related expenses, etc.) to ensure the continuation and completion of their program while participating in Career Pathways. 

El Paso County, Texas 

El Paso County has invested $3.5 million of their Recovery Funds to expand training and increase the capacity of the county’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). The CIT is a community partnership between law enforcement and mental health professionals who both receive specialized training on mental health crisis-related calls for service. The unit is trained to recognize mental illness, enhance their verbal crisis de-escalation skills, and provide more streamlined access to community-based mental health services.  

Wake County, N.C. 

With $2.3 million in Recovery Funds, Wake County has teamed up with Wake Technical Community College and six county fire departments to increase racial and gender diversity in the fire services, and allow candidates with no experience to earn a salary while being trained. 

The county will utilize the funding for a series of in-person community recruitment meetings, grassroots outreach and full salary and benefits for recruits that attend the 38-week Wake County Fire Training Academy at no cost. Candidates who successfully complete the academy will have full-time jobs at one of six local fire departments, including Durham Highway, Fairview, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Northern Wake and Wendell fire departments. Since launching this effort, nearly 500 people have applied to be firefighters in these departments.

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