Wells Fargo Awards $50,000 Grant for PACE’s “Upskilling the New American Workforce” Project

Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE) is the recipient of a one year, $50,000 grant from Wells Fargo to support unemployed and under-employed low-income and ethnic minority job seekers in the Los Angeles area.

PACE’s “Upskilling the New American Workforce” Project is based on the premise that meaningful employment and financial stability are fundamental to achieving economic self-sufficiency.  The project targets low-income, ethnic minority individuals and immigrants throughout LA County who have significant barriers to employment due to limited language proficiency, lack of marketable/transferable skills, and limited work history. PACE will train eligible individuals to qualify for entry-level positions in high growth sectors. Additionally, participants will receive business development and financial education and asset building services through PACE’s Business Development Center.

Since its founding in 1976, PACE has developed an unparalleled record of achievements in successfully addressing the workforce needs of hard-to-serve populations in LA County. PACE’s Downtown/Pico Union Worksource Center/AJCC offers job seekers resources that are critical to being able to obtain and keep a job.   To date, PACE has helped 200,000+ jobseekers at an 84% job placement rate and an 82% job retention rate.

For more information regarding PACE’s partnership with Wells Fargo, please contact Andrea Giese, Development Director at (213) 989-3145 or agiese@pacela.org. For more information regarding PACE’s other services please visit our website at www.pacela.org.