With New Funding, Dallas Selected as One of Five Cities to Build Local Workforce Capacity

National Fund for Workforce Solutions has selected Dallas for a two-year grant program to expand workforce development capacity

DALLAS, TEXAS. (Date) – National Fund for Workforce Solutions is awarding a two-year, $150,000 grant to United Way Pathways to Work program, a partnership of employers, funders and training providers led by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, to train individuals and close talent gaps in the technology sector. Funding for the grant is made possible by The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, a long-time supporter of the National Fund and represents resources for helping low-skill workers earn industry-recognized credential and transition into careers with family-sustaining wages.

“The Weinberg Foundation believes that employment provides the best opportunity for personal success and financial security. Through this specific grant, the National Fund will support innovation in five communities by providing direct service grants and technical assistance,” said Marci Hunn, Program Director for Workforce Development at the Weinberg Foundation. “Ultimately, and most importantly, this new support for the National Fund will translate into new career opportunities that will help more individuals and families to achieve economic stability.”

With the investment, Pathways to Work will:

  • Expand the capacity of Per Scholas to provide full-time, tuition-free IT training that results in CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications and good paying jobs like help desk associates or network engineers to low-income students.
  • Bring together small business in need of entry-level IT workers and local training providers preparing workers for these positions to fill open positions as well as increase diversity and improve employability skills of frontline IT workers.
  • Pilot an innovation lab for local companies in need of entry-level IT workers like coders, computer support specialists, and network engineers who would like to explore how to use skill-based hiring methodologies to recruit, assess, and onboard talent. Skills-based hiring practices enable employers to set specific skill or competency requirements for new hires.

“In a full employment economy, now is the time to embrace new approaches in workforce development,” said Fred Dedrick, president and CEO of the National Fund. “The support from the Weinberg Foundation will provide our regional collaboratives with the resources they need to scale current programs, as well as develop new ones to meet the needs of local employers and industries. The success of the National Fund starts with our regional collaboratives, and we are very excited to see what they will accomplish over the coming years.”

“United Way has long been committed to providing pathways to good jobs in growing industries like the technology sector,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “By expanding the capacity of programs like Per Scholas’ IT certification training to bridge talent gaps, we’re creating more opportunities for secure jobs and productive futures for the people of North Texas.”

“United Way is committed to providing pathways to good jobs in growing industries like the technology sector,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Being able to expand the capacity of programs that work like Per Scholas’ IT certification training and strategies to bridge talent gaps, we’re creating opportunities for secure jobs and productive, rewarding futures for the people of North Texas.”


About United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is a community-based nonprofit organization that believes in the power of unity to create lasting change. For over 90 years, we’ve brought people and resources together to strengthen Health, Education, and Income—the building blocks of opportunity. Together, we work to achieve long-term results that help our community thrive. We encourage every North Texan to be part of the change. To give, volunteer, advocate or learn more, visit UnitedWayDallas.org.

About The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
The Weinberg Foundation is one of the largest private charitable foundations in the United States. Beginning in 2019, the Foundation will provide approximately $125 million in annual grants to nonprofits that provide direct services to low-income and vulnerable individuals and families, primarily in the United States and Israel. Grants are focused on meeting basic needs and enabling an individual to live as independently as possible. Within that focus, emphasis is placed on serving older adults and the Jewish community. For more information, please visit www.hjweinbergfoundation.org.

About National Fund for Workforce Solutions
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions is a national network promoting economic opportunity and prosperous communities through investment and innovation. Based in Washington D.C., the National Fund partners with philanthropy, employers, workers, public and private community organizations, and more than 30 regional collaboratives to invest in skills, improve systems, and generate good jobs. The National Fund supports civic and business leaders in promoting evidence-based practices and policies that build shared prosperity. Learn more about the National Fund and its local partners at www.NationalFund.org.