Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced today that the Oakland Private Industry Council (PIC) has been selected to receive $709,272 in funding from the Department of Labor (DOL) to provide workforce-development assistance for adult and youth ex-offenders.
The PIC is one of nine non-profit organizations nationwide that has been selected to receive grant support to provide job-training for ex-offenders that will eventually lead to credentials in high-demand industries, employment preparation, mentoring and assistance in securing housing, substance-abuse counseling and mental health services. All totaled, the nine non-profits organizations will receive nearly $12 million in grant support.
"I am pleased that the PIC has been selected to receive this vital funding," said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. "The PIC has a longstanding history of providing a broad range of employment services for our community. And with this funding, the PIC will be able to continue providing accessible, high-quality training and employment services to ex-offenders working to transition back into society."