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Mother Lode Job Training (MLJT) has been awarded three grants, totaling $885,000, to establish services that will support workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


$150,000 of the total funds will be dedicated to assisting individuals who have been laid off or had their hours reduced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible participants may get up to $800 to help with basic needs such as childcare, transportation, housing and utility assistance. Providing these important basic needs will allow job seekers to focus on quickly finding reemployment. Qualifying applicants must gather documents supporting what they need, such as:

• A housing rental agreement, mortgage agreement, car loan or utility bill

• Rent receipt, car payment or childcare payment (previously paid)

• Driver’s License and Social Security Card or Passport

• Last pay stub or unemployment statement

$735,000 will help provide strategic employment, training and support services to assist workers laid off due to COVID-19, speeding up the process of re-employment and offering relief. The reemployment activities that will be offered include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Referrals to local employers who are hiring, including targeting occupations with increased demand as a result of COVID-19 impact.

• Job readiness workshops to build essential job skills.

• Personal assistance with career planning including an individual employment plan, resumé preparation and interview techniques.

• Support services to assist participant with employment or training related expenses.

• Training, including on-the-job training, vocational training, and paid work experience.

“Getting back to work in a safe way is a critical part of rebuilding our economy,” MLJT Executive Director Dave Thoeny said. “These grants will help workers and families in the Mother Lode who have been struggling financially due to COVID-19 get back on their feet.”

Individuals who are interested in receiving services should contact our main office at (209) 588-1150 or visit to view eligibility criteria. If you find you are eligible for any of the three COVID assistance grants, streamline your enrollment process by filling out a pre-application online. Pre-application instructions can be found at

Funding for the three grants comes from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is administered by the EDD and the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Through this funding, Mother Lode Job Training anticipates more than 350 workers will receive career development and supportive services.

Since 1983, Mother Lode Job Training has been providing no-cost services for eligible job seekers and employers through one-stop job centers located in Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne counties.