'I Live Here, I Give Here' Discusses Job Training and the Benefits of a Skilled Workforce

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On Wednesday, August 19, 'I Live Here, I Give Here' brings together Goodwill Industries, Southwest Key Programs and Skillpoint Alliance to discuss Central Texas' need for job training and the benefits of a skilled workforce. Job training participants are 43 percent more likely to find higher-paying jobs.

On Wednesday, August 19, I Live Here, I Give Here brings together Goodwill Industries, Southwest Key Programs and Skillpoint Alliance to discuss Central Texas' need for job training and the benefits of a skilled workforce. Job training participants are 43 percent more likely to find higher-paying jobs.

Nearly 54,500 people - 6.2 percent of the workforce - were unemployed in the Austin MSA in May 2009, more than double the rate in 2000. The recession is taking its toll, and competition for available jobs is fierce. For unskilled job seekers - many with a fifth grade education, no money for child care, or a criminal record - the search is desperate.

Join the discussion of why job training is so important in creating a skilled workforce for Central Texas by attending I Live Here, I Give Here's Community Spotlight Conversation on August 19 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave., $10, including lunch, rsvp@ilivehereigivehere.org.

To the unemployed, a job means the difference between dignity and self-sufficiency, and hopelessness and public assistance. To our community, a skilled workforce creates an environment where business thrives, which in turn offers increased employment opportunities. Local workforce development advocates agree that job training is critical to ending the cycle of poverty and strengthening our workforce. When people work, everyone benefits.

To learn more about job training attend the Community Spotlight Conversation hosted by I Live Here, I Give Here on August 19 from noon to 1pm at the Mexic-Arte Museum at 419 Congress Ave. Lunch will be provided for $10. Please RSVP at rsvp@ilivehereigivehere.org. Learn more about organizations working to prepare individuals for jobs needed in today's economy by visiting our website at http://www.ilivehereigivehere.org.

About I Live Here, I Give Here
I LIVE HERE, I GIVE HERE is on a mission to deepen and expand the culture of personal philanthropy in our community by inspiring Central Texans to give more and more Central Texans to give. We promote individual giving by educating Central Texans about the needs of our community and the nonprofits serving us. Our call to action is find the issue you care most about and give to become part of the solution.

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