National Farmworkers Jobs Program
Contact: Louisa Mora, Program Director
Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) of Washington
815 Fruitvale Boulevard
Yakima, WA 98902-1922
State website: http://www.yvoic.org/Farmworkers/Locations/
Participation: 700 migrant and seasonal farm workers were served by the National Farmworkers Jobs Program (NFJP) between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
Who is Served: Qualifying participants are those employed on a seasonal or part-time basis in the unskilled and semi-skilled manual labor occupations in agricultural, crop and animal production. Eligible participants must have received at least 50 percent of their income from or be employed at least 50 percent of the time in farm work, be U. S. citizens or nationals of the United States, a lawfully admitted permanent resident alien, refugee, a non-citizen granted asylum, or other individual legally authorized to work in the United States. They must also meet low-income guidelines and, for males, be registered for selective service.
Program Description: The OIC of Washington NFJP is designed to serve economically disadvantaged people who primarily depend on employment in agricultural labor and who experience chronic unemployment or underemployment. Through training and other workforce development services, the program is intended to assist eligible participants and their families to prepare for jobs likely to provide stable, year-round employment both within and outside agriculture. Program services include the following:
- Core Services: Include skills assessment, job search resources and referrals, eligibility determination and access for participants to local WorkSource centers.
- Training Services: Include job readiness training, occupational skills training, and on-the-job training.
- Intensive Services: Include comprehensive assessments, individual employment, training and educational development planning achieved through a case management-based individual service strategy and job training.
- Related Assistance (RA) Services: Help customers address urgent or life threatening matters, such as health, housing and transportation, so they are able to retain agricultural employment or participate in Intensive Services.
Workplace safety and farmworker pesticide safety instruction is also provided.
Program History: As the U.S. Department of Labor grantee for the NFJP, OIC has provided employment and training services to over 9,000 migrant and seasonal farm workers and helped an estimated 12,000 family members. OIC of Washington serves participants through six regional offices located in five of the six state Agricultural Reporting Areas. In addition, the NFJP has partnered with the state’s WorkSource/One-Stop Career Center System.
Planning Cycle: Two-year competitive bid.
Outcome Measures: The program is measured by the number of eligible individuals receiving classroom training, on-the-job training, work experience, training assistance, emergency assistance, earned income, and intensive services. The program is also measured by the number of individuals placed in jobs or whose employability is enhanced.
Funding and Regional Division: The NFJP provides services out of six regional offices located in the following service delivery areas:
- Yakima Regional Office-serves Kittitas County and the Upper Yakima Valley.
- Sunnyside Regional Office-serves the Lower Yakima Valley and Klickitat County.
- Pasco Regional Office-serves Benton, Franklin, and Walla Walla counties.
- Moses Lake Regional Office-serves Grant and Adams counties.
- Wenatchee Regional Office-serves Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties.
- Mount Vernon Regional Office-serves Skagit and Whatcom counties.
Funds are distributed to states by formula developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, and are allocated according to project applications and approved grant plans.
State Funding: None.
Federal Funding: $2,923,444 (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014), U.S. Department of Labor.
Statutory Authority: Federal - Title 1, Section 167, National Farmworker Jobs Program, of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Adult Services