Athens County Hit By Another Funding Cut

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A cut in federal funding is cited as the reason for a reduction in help for Athens County residents wanting job-training.

Athens County Job and Family Services made the announcement today.

Workforce Investment Act programs are for youths, adults and dislocated workers.

The federal government has now reduced the funding for the the programs by more than $76,000, compared to last year.

A news release says these job-training or education programs "have been very successful in helping Athens County residents attain the skills and qualifications they need to find work in the region."

The programs in the county will continue, but on a reduced basis.

Prior to 2010, the programs were able to assist nearly 340 individuals each year.

After a significant funding cut in 2010, the number dropped to nearly 170.

With the latest cut, the number will fall to less than 140.