Daily Archives: June 27, 2012

Imperial County Awarded $1 Million in Grant Funding to Help Young Adults

El Centro, CA. June 26, 2012 – The Imperial County Workforce Development Board will receive $1 million in grant funding for its youth program over a three year period as part of Project LIKE (Linking Innovation, Knowledge and Employment). Project LIKE was awarded by the Department of Labor to a consortium of three Workforce Investment Boards in Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and Imperial County. A total of $6 million in funding was awarded, $1 million of which will be used to help young adults in Imperial County.
The funding will be used to provide services to disconnected young adults, ages 18 to 24, who are not in school, working, or serving in the military. The number of disconnected young adults has grown over the past several years due, in part, to job losses during the Great Recession. Project LIKE will serve young adults who are low-income, gang-involved, ex-offenders, on aid, recently separated veterans, and unemployed and not attending school. The program consists of five core elements: standardized assessments, life coaches/mentors, career exploration, national work readiness certificate, and support services. The goal of the program is to move disconnected young adults to positive education and/or employment outcomes.
In Imperial County, the program will be administered through the Workforce Development Board and its two youth contractors, Arbor E&T/ ResCare and Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program. Project LIKE will assist approximately 300 young adults in developing skills and goals that lead to further education and career paths. Program recruitment is scheduled to beginning early August at the One Stop Centers.

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Energy Public Benefit Program Moves Forward

By Mario Conde

The County Board of Supervisors will move forward with the formation of Renewable Energy Public Benefit Agreement ad hoc committee.

The Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution establishing guidelines for the Public Benefit Program for use with solar power plants in Imperial County. The board gave direction to create Restricted Accounts for the purpose of depositing funds generated from the Program, and on the formation of an Ad hoc advisory committee for the Agricultural and Community Benefit Programs. The Board directed county staff to bring those items back to the Board at a later time.

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Calexico Special Financial Authority Approved a Subsidy Contract for Health Care

By Mario Conde

The Calexico Special Financial Authority approved a subsidy contract for $313, 865.35 for the Pioneers Memorial 24 Hour Care Center in Calexico for 2011.

Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District and Pioneers Memorial Hospital have been working closely for the last couple of year s to provide urgent care services in Calexico. After a competitive bid process, Heffernan chose Pioneers to provide an Urgent Care Center to open for a full 24 hours per day, open 7 days per week, with expanded hours.

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Calexico Unified School District will present the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012-13

By Mario Conde

The Calexico Unified School District will present the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012-13 to be reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees today.

In the written report given by CUSD Superintendent Richard Fragale, he states that the estimated total ending General Fund Balance at June 30, 2012, is $14,086,001. The unrestricted ending fund balance is estimated at $8,664,387.65, which is 16% of the General Fund expenditures.

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