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Job-training program could be ‘beacon of hope’


A new federal program fits well with Gov. Sam Brownback’s goal of moving more Kansans into jobs and out of poverty. The state will receive $13.5 million in federal funding over three years to create a GOALS program – Generating Opportunities to Attain Lifelong Success – that will provide employment and job training for food stamp recipients. The training will be targeted and include follow-through to help people enter and remain in the workforce. The Brownback administration has significantly cut spending on welfare programs at the same time schools and social service organizations report increased needs. Shannon Cotsoradis, chief executive for the advocacy organization Kansas Action for Children, said the new program “may provide a beacon of hope for our poorest families.” – Phillip Brownlee