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    Cleveland Foundation announces grants including focus on training for available jobs

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – The board of directors of the Cleveland Foundation announced today that it will be awarding $13.1 million in grants for the third quarter of this year.
    That total includes $1.4 million to support the foundation's career and technical education strategy designed to prepare Cleveland students with real-world work experience for tomorrow's labor force.
    The strategy is based on a study the foundation commissioned of FutureWorks, a national workplace research firm, which showed that there are a number of livable-wage jobs available locally in high-growth sectors but a shortage of appropriately credentialed workers to fill them.
    Ronn Richard, foundation president and CEO, said the study, though illustrating a jobs/workers gap, "also shows great opportunity with the number of available family-sustaining careers in the area."
    Among grants approved by the foundation are those going to:
    1. Great Lakes Science Center, $450,000 for its Cleveland Creates initiative which aims to spark the interest of Cleveland seventh-graders in science, technology, engineering and math, and potentially, in a manufacturing technology-based career path. The initiative also invites members of the Greater Cleveland community to participate in these activities, designing engineering solutions to everyday problems, through a mobile FABLab at the center.
    2. Henry Ford Learning Institute, $140,000 to fund a formal assessment of the current Cleveland Metropolitan School District career technical education system. The assessment will identify opportunities to transform five Cleveland schools now designated as career technical sites – Jane Addams, Garrett Morgan, Martin Luther King Campus, Max Hayes and Washington Park – into career-themed academies aligned with available employment in the city.
    3. Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET), $400,000, and WIRE-Net, $325,000, to launch the Urban Growth Agenda, promoting the growth of 25 promising small- to medium-size local manufacturing companies, with the idea of retaining or creating jobs in the urban core of Cleveland. An apprenticeship consortium, starting with six employers creating apprenticeship slots, will be created. The program also will work with Max Hayes High School to develop three pre-apprenticeship pathways to apprenticeships.
    4. Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools, $558,700 for implementing the new school-based budgeting system, continued support of 14 innovative Cleveland schools, and the planning/design of at least three new schools in the district.
    5. Cleveland Metropolitan School District, $225,000 to start a new, comprehensive arts education program, and support of better alignment of schools with Cleveland's cultural institutions.
    6. Achievement Centers for Children, $100,000 to help rebuild Camp Cheerful's arts and crafts building, located in the Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run reservation in Strongsville.
    7. Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, $80,000 to support the Cuyahoga Employment Partnership, a program aimed at helping youths with disabilities find a job within two months of high school graduation.