The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Education

June 22, 2014

Impact Center is awarded $48,000 in city grants

Funds to provide training for 45 clients

ANDERSON – The city of Anderson is providing $48,250 to the Anderson Impact Center to help provide training and placement for up to 45 workers.

The Anderson Board of Public Works last week approved the funding from the city’s food and beverage tax revenues. The money will be used to reimburse the Anderson Impact Center (AIC) on a per person basis once the training is completed.

The Anderson Impact Center is located in the former Robinson Elementary School at the northwest corner of Nichol Avenue and John Street.

The city will reimburse AIC a total of $11,250 for the training of 45 clients at a rate of $250; reimburse AIC $550 for 30 clients to obtain unsubsidized employment in the amount not to exceed $16,500; another $10,500 for 15 clients who have retained their jobs for 90 days at a reimbursement rate of $700 per client; and $10,000 for 10 clients to obtain an industry-recognized certification at $1,000 each.

The agreement between Anderson and the AIC runs from Jan. 1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2014.

Sherry Peak-Davis, assistant director of AIC, said they’re very excited about receiving the grant money from the city.

She said AIC currently has 45 clients enrolled in a certified nursing assistance, pharmacy technician and cleaning programs.

“The program started in March 2013,” Peak-Davis said. “We’re providing training and employment opportunities.”

She said AIC hopes to expand the program for up to 100 clients. Currently 45 people are in the training right now and will complete the program this summer.

Peak-Davis said once the training programs are completed each client will receive assistance in resume writing, take part in a mock interview process and participate in an internship program.

“Once the internship is completed they will be placed in the job bank,” she said. “We’re constantly talking with potential employers in an effort to find our clients a permanent job.”

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At a glance The city will reimburse Anderson Impact Center a total of $11,250 for the training of 45 clients at a rate of $250; reimburse AIC $550 for 30 clients to obtain unsubsidized employment in the amount not to exceed $16,500; another $10,500 for 15 clients who have retained their jobs for 90 days at a reimbursement rate of $700 per client; and $10,000 for 10 clients to obtain an industry-recognized certification at $1,000 each.

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