CSA Wins Two Grants for 2014

Friday, January 3, 2014

CSA Wins Two Grants for 2014(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)

Partnering with the Finishing Trades Institute, the Mid-Atlantic Carpenters Training Centers, the Sheet Metal Workers 100 Apprenticeship and Training Center, the Washington DC Building Trades Council and some signatory contractors, the Metro Washington Labor Council’s Community Services Agency helped win a Planning Grant from the Maryland EARN Program (Employment Advancement Right Now).  EARN is a new program with state funding through the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation that is promoting strategic industry partnerships “to help companies be more competitive, grow the economy and employ more workers,” says CSA Executive Director Kathleen McKirchy. Phase 1 is to convene the partners for planning and innovative training development.  Phase 2 would be a roll-out of the training identified in the plan “and the partners plan to apply for these dollars as well,” McKirchy added. The “Prince George's and Charles County Construction Industry Partnership for Jobs” grant is the only construction-related one awarded in the metro area, and was one of just 29 industry partnerships around the state. CSA also was awarded a 2014 grant of $50,000 from the MARPAT Foundation, a long-time funder of CSA, for continued support of CSA’s Building Futures Construction Pre-Apprenticeship program.


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