Career Pathways Initiative

Gila River Indian Community Receives $3 Million to Fund Workforce Innovation in Career Pathways

Posted by Andrala Walker - On June 15, 2012 (EST)

Gila River Indian Community Receives $3 Million From U.S. Department of Labor to Fund Workforce Innovation

On yesterday,  the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $3 million to Gila River Indian Community to fund career pathways innovations in Indian Country.

Career Pathways is a workforce development strategy promoted by the Department's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) to support workers’ transitions from education through training and into the workforce.  The Gila River Indian Community was one of eleven grantees funded under ETA's two-year Career Pathways Initiative from 2010 - 2011.

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced the funding as a way to develop new strategies to help tribal residents return to work. The goal is to streamline services and facilitate cooperation across programs and funding streams.

The Gila River Indian Community’s award is among 26 grants, ranging from $1 million to $12 million each, totaling $146.9 million awarded nationwide. They benefit state workforce agencies and local workforce investment boards, as well as  Workforce Investment Act Section 166 grantees serving Indian and Native American communities.

“The Workforce Innovation Fund was created to cultivate and test innovative approaches to workforce training,” said Secretary Solis. “Today’s grant is an opportunity for the Gila River Indian Community to develop practices and programs that could serve as a model for the nation and is one more step to expanding the pool of workforce development programs available to Indian and Native American communities.”

In spring 2013, the Labor Department expects to announce the availability of another $20 million for the second round of Workforce Innovation Fund funding to support “Pay for Success.” The initiative represents a new way of financing workforce investment projects through which the government only pays for services that achieve measurable results, shifting the risk of investment from the government to the private sector.

For more information about Pay for Success and to view the solicitation for grant applications, visit To learn more about the Workforce Innovation Fund, visit For a full list of Workforce Innovation Fund grantees, go to

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