The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and Delta Regional Authority (DRA), have announced the awarding of round three of the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Initiative grants.
Round Three funding builds on previous rounds of WORC grants and funds projects supporting rural communities in aligning workforce development efforts with economic development plans, serving the following areas hard-hit by economic transition and recovering slowly in the Appalachian and the Lower Mississippi Delta Regions.
WORC Round Three grants encourage strategies designed to achieve economic opportunity and address historical inequities, especially in Energy Communities; such strategies include:
- Addressing the transformation in energy production by including Energy Communities that currently or historically have had a high concentration of employment in energy extraction and related industries;
- Promoting racial equity through adjustments in recruitment, service design, implementation, and support services that aim to provide equitable access and positive outcomes to communities of color, immigrants, and other marginalized groups;
- Supporting eligible individuals impacted by substance use disorder; and
- Demonstrating flexible approaches to service delivery to allow for in-person, virtual, socially-distanced, or hybrid models of services and training.
View the awards and grantees in the table below for additional information.