On March 13, 2018, the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County (WDBCCC) was selected as one of seven organizations to receive a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Disability Employment Accelerator (DEA) Program award from the State of California Employment Development Department, the California Workforce Development board, and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency. The DEA program provides funds to design, develop, and implement projects that accelerate employment and re-employment strategies for people with disabilities.
With this $250,000 award, WDBCCC will implement an Eastbay Disability Employment Accelerator (EDEA) project to provide individuals with disabilities in the East Bay Region of the San Francisco Bay Area with work-based training and supports to ensure their transition to well-paid employment in high demand industry sectors. Key partners of the project include the Alameda County, Oakland, and Richmond Workforce Development Boards (WDBs), community-based organizations East Bay Innovations and Futures Explored, the Department of Rehabilitation, and the Employment Development Department. Participants will include people with intellectual and developmental disabilities or physical disabilities and veterans with disabilities. To accelerate employment for those served, project partners will:
- Develop and support work-based training to facilitate the transition to full time employment;
- Educate employers in regional high-demand sectors about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities; and
- Strengthen partnerships and communication between education, high-demand employers, and workforce service providers in order to create a more direct path to employment for those with disabilities in the East Bay.
GPG is proud to have supported WDBCCC’s successful proposal to increase employment of those with disabilities in the East Bay.