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AMIkids Miami-Dade Programs Receive Funding for Vocational Training & Job Placement

Dec 15, 2014

Funding comes from a grant awarded to AMIkids in June, 2014 from U.S. Department of Labor

MIAMI, FL – AMIkids Miami-Dade announces that both of its programs, located in North Miami Beach and Miami, have been awarded funding to develop vocational training and job placement programs provided by the grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to AMIkids earlier this year. The training will provide AMIkids Miami-Dade students the certifications and tools they need to be job-ready when they complete the program, qualifying them for immediate employment.

The awardees were determined by a proposal process that 25 of AMIkids' programs responded to.

The Vocational Training and Job Placement initiative will initially focus on four key industries, healthcare, information technology, construction and skilled crafts, and food service, with 100% of the government funding going towards this initiative. Students at these AMIkids programs will have the opportunity to select their desired path that best fits their skills and interests.

"These programs will help our kids earn industry-recognized certifications that will provide the tools they need to complete our programs job-ready to benefit local businesses and strengthen our communities by adding qualified talent to the local workforce," said O.B. Stander, President & CEO of AMIkids. "We look forward to the opportunity to eventually implement this training in all of our programs to positively impact as many kids as possible and strengthen our communities with youth ready to contribute in a meaningful way."

AMIkids is looking for additional funding to implement the vocational training and job placement to all of its programs in Florida, and hopes that with the successful implementation of career-focused training and the outcome of kids ready to join the talented workforce, funding will be made available.

"This is a great opportunity to provide our youth with a certification that will present them with realistic job opportunities upon successful completion our program," said Enrique Garcia, Executive Director of AMIkids Miami-Dade (North).

Terrance Levell, Executive Director of AMIkids Miami-Dade (South) shared the same sentiment, adding, "These certifications will not only benefit our kids, but will help our local businesses and communities by making more talent available and keeping these kids on a positive path going forward."

This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Association, providing community service organizations to provide employment, training, and support services to successfully re-integrate formerly incarcerated adults and youth involved in the juvenile justice system into their communities. Twenty-one grants totaling more than $44 million were awarded as part of the second round of the Face Forward initiative in June, 2014.

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