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JOIN Funding Collaborative Connects Philadelphia Workers to Living-Wage Green, Healthcare Jobs
Date:6/1/2009

obs for higher-skill positions in allied health and nursing that pay family-sustaining wages. The initiatives will help meet the needs of health care providers, which are currently facing critical shortages of qualified allied health and nursing professionals.

"The JOIN grant will enable us to provide entry-level health care workers with the significant supports they need to move up the career ladder and earn family-sustaining wages," said Cheryl Feldman, Executive Director of District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund. "It's a win-win for workers and employers."

Industry Partnerships include groups of employers and workers from within the same industry, collaborating with education and training providers to address employers' common workforce needs. "For the past several years, Industry Partnerships across the region have been helping employers in key sectors train their current workers, and both the employers and workers have benefited greatly," said Laura Boyce, Director of United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania's financial stability initiatives. "JOIN is investing in those same Partnerships, inspiring them to replicate their previous successes with new and underemployed workers."

The need is great. According to a study released this month by PathWays PA, a third of Philadelphia households and more than one out of every five Delaware County households lacks income sufficient to meet basic family needs. Forty percent of working Philadelphians are earning poverty wages, and 36% have found only part-time work. More than 60% of Philadelphia adults are classified as "low-literate."

The Founding Partners in this public-private initiative are the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, The William Penn Foundation, the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry. JOIN is also supp
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