December 13, 2012 – Stevens Point, WI – WISCAP member agency CAP Services, Inc. has been awarded a $7,500 grant from BMO Harris Bank. The grant is for the CAP Services Skills Enhancement Program, which serves those in Outagamie, Portage, Waupaca and Waushara counties.
For the one-in-four working families in Wisconsin with incomes below two times the poverty line, having a job isn’t always enough. CAP’s Skills Enhancement Program is one resource low-income individuals are using to move forward in this struggling economy.
“The Skills Enhancement Program is a locally designed workforce development program that helps working, low-income individuals obtain the skills they need to compete for living-wage jobs,” said CAP’s Assistant Director of Human Development Andrew Konkel. “The program assists with tuition, books, and training-related transportation and child care costs that participants could not otherwise afford. This grant from BMO Harris Bank will impact a lot of lives.”
CAP’s Skills Program helped 39 households in 2011 obtain the skills training needed to obtain living wage jobs and health insurance. The average increase in annual household earnings for program completers was $12,097 and 74% gained access to employer-sponsored health insurance benefits. Twenty six more individuals completed training and secured new jobs through August of 2012, with an average hourly wage increase of $3.74 and 46% have access to employer-sponsored health insurance.
John Tubbs, BMO Harris Regional President noted “BMO Harris Bank has a long history of investing in the well being of the neighborhoods, cities and regions we serve and we believe a strong and vital cultural life is part of a truly healthy community. We deliver on our commitment to our communities in a variety of ways including corporate giving, local sponsorships, volunteer efforts, board memberships, community development investments and lending, community outreach and our active participation in the United Way. Our support of CAP Services is a great example of this commitment.”
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 attain economic and emotional self-sufficiency since 1966.
5499 Hwy. 10 East, Suite A
Stevens Point, WI 54482
Phone: (715) 343-7500
Fax: (715) 343-7520