Ready to Work program far short of early targets, but city says long-term goals remain the same
Instead of interviewing 9,817 people in the first year as it originally expected, the city now only expects to interview 7,086 by June 30 - a 28% drop. And it only expects to get half as many people enrolled in a certification or degree program - 2,882 instead of 5,758.
Labor secretary: SA workforce program “should be a model for the rest of the country”
U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh said the federal government should be investing in programs like Ready to Work, which uses city sales tax dollars to fund job training and degree programs for low-income residents.
Council poised to put voter-approved job training program to work
In a presentation to council members, city staff laid out the basic structure of the program, which is expected to place put more than 28,000 people into either certification and degree programs and result in at least 15,728 people into “high-quality” jobs in in-demand fields.
SA: Ready to Work program has tax funding, but there are still details to be worked out
SAN ANTONIO – Tuesday night was one of celebration for San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, who saw voters overwhelmingly approve a sales tax to pay for his SA: Ready to Work program. As of a mid-day tally of votes on Wednesday, Proposition B had passed with 76.9% approval from San Antonio voters. “We will also work out over the next intervening months the actual work plan -- the implementation plan -- that will be presented and finalized and approved in the spring of ’21. The workforce program is meant to take over around the time an existing workforce training program, under the city’s COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Plan, is finishing up. The city will collect the tax through the end of 2025 before it is diverted to transportation funding, which San Antonio voters also approved on Tuesday.