By Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com
Cuyahoga County Council on Wednesday approved up to $1 million for a sweeping worker-training initiativeproposed by County Executive Armond Budish that is aimed at training under-skilled workers for jobs in the manufacturing, health care and information technology industries.
The money is part of a $2.5-million Workforce Connect initiative that will use tax dollars and private-sector contributions to fund up to three organizations that would coordinate the training of workers in those three fields.
The county will fund the effort over a three-year period. If the public and private partners fail to raise the expected $1.5 million on their end or do not fund organizations in all three of the targeted industries, the county’s $1 million contribution will be proportionately reduced.