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  Dean Dittmar  1/10/2022 9:00:00 AM  

(Message sent to high school ag teachers, ag college instructors, EFE Directors, ICAE, ILCAE, Section/State FFA officers)

The National Farmworker Jobs Program helps participants (seniors in high school and older) to obtain credentialing through short or long term training. In Illinois UMOS(United Migrant Opportunity Services) has received a 1.8 million dollar grant to help farmworkers increase their skills and obtain training.    Students should click on this link for eligibility.  

In order to qualify for the program, participants must either be currently or in the last 24 months primarily doing paid seasonal or migrant farm work.  Primarily is defined as at least 50 percent of his/her total employment time has to be farm work. Farm work is defined as means the cultivation and tillage of the soil, dairying, the production, cultivation, growing, and harvesting of any agricultural or horticultural commodities. This includes the raising of livestock, bees, fur-bearing animals, or poultry, the farming of fish, and any practices (including any forestry or lumbering operations) performed by a farmer or on a farm as an incident to or in conjunction with such farming operations, including preparation for market, delivery to storage or to market or to carriers for transportation to market. It also includes the handling, planting, drying, packing, packaging, processing, freezing, or grading prior to delivery for the storage of any agricultural or horticultural commodity in its unmanufactured state by WIOA.

Participants must be interested at an in demand industry like agriculture, welding, manufacturing, medical, IT, or the trades and will need to attend a WIOA (Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act) approved training program.  Once approved participants can receive up to $7,500 in tuition assistance per year; $1,800 in supportive services and a maximum stipend of $290 per week to use on expenses they might incur while attending their training program.  Participants are also able to obtain stackable credentials while enrolled including CDL. After the participant successfully completes their training case managers work with the participant for a year of follow up to ensure that they are employed earning wages in the identified career pathway.  

Please contact Kristina for more information.  She and her team would be more than happy to come and talk to the students in their classrooms, give presentations and answer any questions they may have.  Click for info

Kristina Spence M.A.L.T
Illinois State Supervisor
National Farmworker Jobs Program
UMOS, Inc.
500 42nd Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
Cell: 309-737-0569
Direct line: 309-757-1070

Dean Dittmar
Facilitating Coordination in Ag Education (FCAE)
Phone: 217-893-0091 Cell: 618-604-1622
Address: 3358 Big Pine Trail , Champaign, IL 61822
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