The WORC Initiative enables impacted communities to develop local and regional workforce development solutions aligned with existing economic development strategies and community partnerships to promote new, sustainable job opportunities and long-term economic vitality.

These grants will enable eligible applicants within the Appalachian and Delta regions to expand the impact of existing workforce development initiatives. These demonstration grant projects will provide valuable career, training, and support services to eligible individuals in counties and parishes and/or areas currently underserved by other resources. These grants support workforce development activities that prepare dislocated workers, new entrants to the workforce, and incumbent workers for good jobs in high-demand occupations aligned with a regional or community economic development strategy.


WORC - Round 1 Grantees

Delta Region Grantees

Grantees/Project Name State Amount
Base Camp Coding Academy MS $635,000
Northshore Technical Community College LA $1,930,586
Southeastern Louisiana University LA $2,457,701
Madisonville Community College KY $1,258,842
Arkansas Northeastern College AR $2,324,336
University of West Alabama AL $2,499,809
Panola County, Mississippi MS $2,154,000
Hinds Community College MS $1,327,226
Total Awarded: $14,587,500

Appalachian Region Grantees

Grantees/Project Name State Amount
Spartanburg Community College SC $2,140,725
Research Foundation for SUNY NY $1,962,182
West Central Job Partnership, Inc. PA $2,500,000
Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas Counties KY $383,668
Coalfield Development Corporation WV $2,500,000
University of North Alabama AL $1,098,599
North Georgia Technical College GA $1,307,107
Randolph County Housing Authority WV $750,000
The Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County NY $566,521
Goodwill of North Georgia GA $1,378,698
Total Awarded: $14,587,500