August 5, 2013 – Stevens Point, Wis. – WISCAP member agency CAP Services has received a grant of $7,500 for the Skills Enhancement Program for the second year from BMO Harris Bank. The Skills Enhancement Program is an individually-directed workforce development program that assists working, low-income individuals in obtaining the skills needed to compete for living wage jobs.
“CAP’s Skills Enhancement Program provides financial support to assist with tuition, books, and training-related transportation and childcare costs that participants could not otherwise afford,” said Andrew Konkel, CAP’s assistant director of Human Development. “This grant from BMO Harris Bank will provide a lasting impact in the lives of the working poor served in our program by allowing them to continue their training while receiving one-on-one support along the way to increasing their earnings and access to benefits.”
In 2012, 39 participants in the Skills Enhancement Program completed training and obtained new jobs that increased their annual income by an average of $11,242. Additionally, 46% gained access to employer-sponsored health insurance benefits. The program has graduated 685 individuals since its inception in 1993.
“At BMO Harris Bank, we are a very active partner in our communities and being a committed corporate citizen is an important part of who we are and how we approach our business,” said Ted Schlafke, community president at BMO Harris Bank, Stevens Point. “We are pleased to support the important work of CAP Services and its Skills Enhancement Program, which builds a stronger local workforce and strengthens our communities.”
CAP Services offers the Skills Enhancement Program to residents of Outagamie, Portage, Waupaca and Waushara counties whose incomes are at or below 150% of the federal poverty income guidelines. To be eligible, participants must be working at least 20 hours a week while enrolled and must pursue training for occupations that pay a living wage. For more information on CAP’s Skills Enhancement Program, contact Andrew Konkel at 920-968-6365 (ext. 6565) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAP Services is a private, nonprofit community action agency that has been helping low-income people in Marquette, Outagamie, Portage, Waupaca and Waushara counties attain economic and emotional self-sufficiency since 1966.