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Workforce agencies using Wal-Mart grant money for retail job assistance

Workforce agencies using Wal-Mart grant money for retail job assistance

A northwest Indiana workforce agency is getting a portion of a $3.6 million grant from Wal-Mart's charitable foundation to back education and employment services for retail workers, with extra support from a Cook County group.

In March, the foundation tapped the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, which provides free services to job seekers and businesses, to select 10 workforce development boards across the country seeking funding for innovative retail job training services. The Cook County organization plans to study the results of the recipients' programs to share with roughly 550 workforce development boards nationwide.

The Chicago agency isn't getting any of the newly...

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