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Career Jump

Career Jump is a subset of the Job Connection program, in which WorkFirst participants are placed in local, for-profit businesses. 


Career Jump allows Community Action to pay a participant’s wages for up to 256 hours in addition to assisting the employer in providing training.  We provide assistance by overseeing and mentoring the participant while they grow accustomed to their new position.  In addition, we will pay the cost of employment expenses which may include uniforms, food handler’s permits, specific licensing, outside training, and other tools needed to perform the job. 


At the end of the training period (or sooner) the employer then hires the participant at the prevailing wage with comparable benefits for full-time, permanent employment.  If needed, Community Action would provide job retention services for an additional three months to help ensure the employee’s continued successful employment with the employer.  Federal tax incentives and federal bonding are available.


If you’re an employer who is interested in partnering with the Career Jump program, please contact Colleen Johnson at (360) 421-2970.