Job Point requests money to help increase employment

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COLUMBIA- Job Point, a organization that helps Columbia residents with job placement is requesting $24,000 from the City of Columbia from their reserve funds.

The money will be used to fund scholarships for training in construction trades, job readiness and job placement for clients referred/diverted from the Alternative Sentencing Courts/Local Jail.

The scholarships are used toward a 16-week program that helps people get work experience, internships and then full time employment.

Steven Smith, CEO of Job point is says that is cost roughly $7,500 per person in the program and this money would be of great assistance.

“The money that we are requesting from the city and the county will be used only for those who are sent to us through the court system,” Smith said.

The organization requested $40,000 from the county and about $24,000 from the city of Columbia.

At the city council meeting on Tuesday, Smith will go before the council members and submit this request. He told KOMU that the city will give him five minutes to speak on behalf on this request.

This is not the first time that the organization has had this kind of program, but if the request is approved, Job Point will be able to assist more people.

The program has already started with funds that the organization had previously raised.

Although the funds requested will only be used toward those who the courts refer from the Boone County Jail, Smith says that other people in need of employment can still call the office for an assessment and to get help.

You can find more  information on the services offered by this orginization on their website