CA program helping people get back to work
Fox Business Chief National correspondent Connell McShane discusses Sacramento’s newest program helping people throughout COVID get back to work on ‘Cavuto: Coast to Coast’
Alicia MacHale’s pandemic experience was all too real. Her grandfather died. She left her job at the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office to help her children learn remotely. Money was so tight that she and her husband struggled to pay the bills, but things changed when she was watching television one night with her daughter.
MacHale saw a local news story about the Digital Upskill Program from the Greater Sacramento Economic Council and the Greater Sacramento Urban League. It was a partnership with the city’s government, using money from the CARES Act to provide digital skills training for some of the city’s most impacted communities. She applied. She was accepted.
"I went from making minimum wage at the Sacramento Coroner’s Office to making $70,000 annually," she tells FOX Business in an interview conducted at the Zennify offices in Sacramento. The tech consulting firm hired her when she acquired the news skills from the upskilling program.
PANDEMIC PROMPTS CHANGES IN HOW FUTURE TEACHERS ARE TRAINED
Rey Justo is MacHale’s colleague now at Zennify, but in the pre-COVID days, he had a job installing fireplaces. He lost that position during the pandemic and was even forced to move in with his in-laws for some time. Justo was collecting enhanced unemployment benefits from the state and federal government, but that motivated him to do more, not less.