Midstate job training program shutting down, lack of federal, state funding blamed

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Jul 21, 2017 5:26 AM

Photo by South Central Community Action Program

The cafe at the South Central Community Action Program provided training for about 35 people a year. SCCAP says 85% of the workers went on to full-time jobs in the restaurant industry.

(Harrisburg) -- A job training program in the midstate is shutting down and its leaders are pointing the finger at both the state and federal governments.

Megan Shreve, who leads the South Central Community Action Program in Adams County, says she's ending the restaurant training program and cafe.

Hundreds of people went on to full-time jobs after going through the training, which cost S-CCAP about $60,000 a year.

But funding from Congress has been flat the last few years, so the nonprofit is focusing on its core mission: shelter and child care.

"That is the real challenge of this, is that you always have to go back to your core needs. Providing shelter, providing food, those are the essential ones. We can't take funds away from those programs," says Adams County Commissioner Marty Qually - who is on SCCAP's board.

He says the ripple effects of decisions in Washington, DC and Harrisburg are maddening.

"The state and federal level will cut money, but the expense ends up on the county books. And it ends up in the effects of homeless and the effects of crime," says Qually.

Qually says the program was not a handout - noting it was a way for people to get the help they need to join the workforce.

He says before people call for spending cuts on the state or federal level, they should learn about the programs receiving the money because they may be helping their own community.

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