The Imperial County Workforce Investment Board found out Monday night it has as much as $18 million to spend over the next two years — but the money can only be used for a specific type of client and under strict regulations.
If the board can't spend all the money, it is in jeopardy of losing some of it because of changes to the federal budget, said Sam Couchman, county director of the Office of Employment Training and a member of the board.
"At the federal level, they recognize some of this money is not being spent, so they are taking back a small portion," Couchman said. "But it may be returned to us in job-training programs."
The WIB came under fire later in the evening from the Johnson Educational Institute, which prepared an unsolicited proposal for employment, training and information services to outlying areas of the county not receiving such services.