ARPA-funded workforce training agreement approved by Elk Grove City Council

By a unanimous vote at their February 22 meeting, the Elk Grove City Council agreed to a workforce training agreement. 

The contract with the Sacramento-based non-profit Cyber Proud Inc. is valued at $353,158 and is funded by the America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The training provided by the agreement will focus on cyber security and information technology and will be open to 40 qualified Elk Grove residents.

During city council deliberation, Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen asked staff member Luis Aguilar why the Elk Grove Unified School District was not among those who submitted a proposal. Aguilar said the EGUSD has a healthcare training program but declined to apply.

"We did reach out to them; unfortunately, they did not submit a proposal," he said.

Also speaking during deliberation was Vice Mayor Kevin Spease, who, along with his spouse, owns a cyber security company. Spease's organization is a U.S. Department of Defense subcontractor and noted the high demand for cyber security personnel.

Spease cited a Fortune magazine story that said, "the need for cyber security professionals has been growing rapidly, even faster than companies can hire, and that demand is expected to continue."

The city has not released details on eligibility or how Elk Grove residents can apply for the program.

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