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March 6, 2023

Nearly $1.2 million was allocated to Johnson County Community College (JCCC) to be used for direct community investment programs that will increase workforce development. Eligible Johnson County residents can apply for awards up to $7,500 to pay for coursework that could lead to higher-paying jobs.

Johnson County Board of County Commissioners recently approved the allocation of funds for upskilling or reskilling Johnson County citizens using Continuing Education Training Awards (CETA 2.0). Approximately 1,800 citizens will be served, with a targeted focus on outreach to youths aging out of the foster care system, individuals with intellectual disabilities, and others in justice-involved chapters of life.

Qualifying Johnson Countians can enroll at no cost in courses from multiple categories including: 

  • Business Skills Development
  • Commercial Driving and Transportation
  • Computer Applications/Information Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Trades (welding and electrical)

“These funds create opportunity … opportunity for unemployed and underemployed residents of Johnson County to gain new skills and fill in-demand jobs, such as truck driving, computer data analyst and phlebotomist,” said Elisa Waldman, vice president of Workforce Development & Continuing Education at JCCC. “The College is honored to partner with the county by delivering training that will transform lives and strengthen our community.”

This sizable grant is part of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds received from the United States Department of the Treasury for several community investment programs.

For more information and how to apply, go to

This project is being supported by federal award number SLFRP0226 awarded to Johnson County, Kansas, by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.