Donation to boost workforce in Tulsa

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Reported by: Ron Terrell
Updated: 2/26 5:22 pm Published: 2/26 5:02 pm

TULSA, Okla. - Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced hundreds of thousands of dollars are coming to Tulsa for job development.

“It is with great pleasure that I’m announcing a donation of $250,000 from the Common Bond Foundation,” said Bartlett.

The donation will go toward Transportation Connections Workadvance, also called TCW. That’s a jobs program that offers training and jobs in the transportation, manufacturing and aerospace industries.

With this donation, the program will be able to assist 80 more people. That number grows to120, when you factor in additional funds from the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

The program has trained and placed 250 people over the past two years, some were out of work, others, just looking for a change.

FOX23 spoke with Porcha Thomas, who was in the program for a little less than four months.

“I went through, and graduated, and within the first two months of graduating, I got a job with Baker-Hughes making $5 an hour more than I was making before so, I can't complain about that,” she said.

Richard Calhoun also went through training. He told FOX23 he was unemployed, when he found out about the program. He now works for Hill Manufacturing.

“They gave me the opportunity to make myself better for my family, and everything that I’m trying to do accomplish in life. I'm thankful, very thankful for the opportunity,” he said.

Calhoun and Thomas trained for three to six months. If you'd like more information on the program, call 918-442-2200

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