The Job Council in Jackson and Josephine counties is making stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act available to help employers and would-be employees.

The Job Council in Jackson and Josephine counties is making stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act available to help employers and would-be employees.

"It gives us a greater opportunity to help businesses and extends the time we can provide direct training with businesses," said local Job Corps Business Services Manager Ken Heindsmann.

He said the funds will augment seven existing programs that have provided help for more than 1,000 job seekers during the past year.

"This enables us to put someone in a work site that becomes an employee of the business, while we pay the businesses up to 50 percent of the person's wages during training for a particular set of skills in particular occupations," Heindsmann said.

Among the available programs are one that provides reimbursement for 50 percent of a new employee's wages during training; one that offers paid wages for an agreed-upon period; one that allows employees to work at businesses for six months at little cost to empoyers; one that allows employees to work at businesses at no cost to employers; one that offers students work experience at local businesses; one that offers workers 16 to 24 experience on projects employers may have delayed; and one that offers scholarships for training to upgrade employee skills.

For details, contact Pam Farquhar in Jackson County at 842-2570, e-mail pamf@jobcouncil.org, or Linda Draper in Josephine County at 244-3203, e-mail lindad@jobcouncil.org.

Additional information is available at www.jobcouncil.org.

— Greg Stiles