The Omaha City Council approved a host of grants Tuesday to pay for job training and truancy prevention.

The council, particularly Councilman Chris Jerram, had pushed the Mayor's Office to allocate $400,000 to Heartland Workforce Solutions for a new jobs training program. That's 10 times what the city granted to the nonprofit previously.

Stothert agreed and put the money in her budget proposal.

Tuesday, the council officially approved the funding.

The nonprofit's director, Erin Porterfield, outlined a three part plan for the money:

Help businesses recruit in census tracts with high poverty and unemployment.

Bring a national test called the National Career Readiness Certificate to Nebraska. Heartland Workforce Solutions will prepare job-seekers to take the test and help potential employers understand the scores.

Coordinate other job training services in Omaha.

To seek Heartland Workforce Solutions' services, Porterfield said, would-be employees should stop in at 5742 Ames Ave.

The council on Tuesday also approved $150,000 for truancy prevention programs for three organizations — the Urban League of Nebraska, the Latino Center of the Midlands and the D2 Center.

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