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$65,000 grant to help Shopko employees and other retail workers

Posted: 4:44 PM, Jun 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-18 17:44:03-04
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NEENAH — A $65,000 grant is being offered to help retrain employees of Shopko and other retail stores, the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board says in a news release.

Fox Valley Workforce Development Board (FVWDB), based in Neenah, recevied the grant from Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. It's intended to help people permanently laid off from area retail stores.

FVWDB says the grant will cover expenses used to train workers for new jobs deemed "critical" for the Fox Valley region. FVWDB says jobs in manufacturing, healthcare and information technology are in critical need and in-demand.

People can qualify for the grant if they are being permanently laid off, or soon to be laid off, from a local retail establishment. Retail includes both brick and mortar stores such as Shopko, Dress Barn, Sears and Younkers or call centers that sell products directly to consumers.

To determine if you are eligible for this grant, individuals should contact their local American Job Center to schedule an appointment with a Fox Valley Career Planner. FVWDB says workers who qualify will be eligible for training as soon as the fall 2019 semester.

For more information on this grant, visit your local American Job Center. A complete list is found here .