State grant to provide job workforce training program to families

With $25 million in state funding, the University of Memphis is weaving several university centers and community organizations together to the benefit of some 2,500 West Tennessee families over the next three years through workforce training programs and related wraparound services.

U of M received the grant, which it says is the largest in the university’s history, as Tennessee begins spending down on a reserve for funds for low-income families. In 2019, the state was reported to have more than $730 million in unused federal funds.

The state will use $175 million of the current $700 million it has in unused funds from the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to fund pilot programs to help families in need. U of M is the lone university among the seven recipients of the $25 million grants, which Gov. Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Human Services announced last week.

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