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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Tyler Lowry, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-6630
Robin Ross, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-2392

The Franklin County Commissioners this morning approved an additional $3.2 million in funding for their workforce training programs, Building Futures and Roads 2 Work.  The funding will come in the form of two contracts, the first of which is with the Columbus Urban League, which partners with the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council to offer the Building Futures pre-apprenticeship program that prepares former social services clients for middle class jobs in the construction trades.  The second contract is with IMPACT Community Action, which partners with Capital Transportation to offer the Roads 2 Work program to train underemployed Franklin County residents to get their commercial drivers’ licenses and connects them with careers in trucking.
Central Ohio families have struggled during the past 18 months, with many laid off or working reduced hours or at lower-paid jobs than before the pandemic.  This resolution will allow county partners to train 315 students for these long-term careers in well-paid industries and change their families’ futures for the better.  The funding for this resolution is made available via the American Rescue Plan.  You can read the full text of the resolution here and learn more about how the commissioners are using the American Rescue Plan to help our community recover at