The Sacramento City Council announced that more than $1.4 million in CARES Act funding will be used to launch the Workforce Training Career Pathways Program at the California Mobility Center (CMC). Over 500 people displaced from the labor force due to COVID-19 will access retraining through the center.
The program includes job-readiness and technical training for advanced manufacturing jobs that provide higher paying sustainable wages in a growing sector within the Sacramento region.
The CMC expects to serve as a global innovation and commercialization hub for the future mobility sector. It will also assist clean mobility startups and established entities with prototyping, testing, digitizing, manufacturing and the commercialization of new products in the clean mobility sector. Working with universities, community colleges and other organizations, the Center will identify demand for new training programs. It will also align existing programs to the requirements of the clean tech mobility industry.
“We are very grateful to the City of Sacramento for their strong support. This new workforce training program is a holistic and integrated approach to provide the future mobility sector with trained workers. Interns and students from the adult training programs, colleges and universities will work alongside the CMC, mobility startups, and other manufacturing companies in the region,” said Mark Rawson, Chief Operating Officer of CMC.
With key support from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the CMC has established strong partnerships with technical training providers and community-based organizations such as Los Rios Community College, Sacramento State University, Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy, La Familia Counseling Center, Greater Sacramento Urban League, Asian Resources Incorporated and Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative.
“The CMC is a comprehensive program that takes technology innovation to the marketplace, while creating clean, green, good paying jobs in our community,” said Arlen Orchard, SMUD CEO and Board Chair of the CMC.
“This career pathways program will ensure that residents disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, have new career opportunities and can fully benefit from the California Mobility Center and the companies it attracts to the region.”
The CARES Act funding will enable the CMC to train 500 people before the end of the year and it will facilitate the placement of up to 100 interns at local advanced manufacturing companies — paving the way for future workforce development in this emerging sector.
“The opportunities created by the CMC will ensure our region’s residents can not only re-enter the workforce but re-enter the workforce highly trained in an industry seeing an exponential future growth trajectory,” said Sacramento City Council Member, Eric Guerra. “The CMC is the perfect catalyst to get our region’s economy thriving after such challenging times.”