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May 16, 2012 7:07 PM by Matt Stafford

Extra benefits availible for those filing unemployment

837 people filing for unemployment benefits and looking for jobs through the Pikes Peak Workforce Center have been able to bring in more than $2 million in extra benefits for participating in the Colorado Enhanced Training Program.

If those individuals are receiving training for a job in a selected field and are filing for their first six months of unemployment benefits, they can have their benefits increased by 50 percent.

The $2 million brought in by people in El Paso and Teller counties was the most in the state; Adams County was second with 449 people enrolling in the program, which is voluntary. Ehvalynn Graham at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center works as a liaison, helping people get extra benefits from the program. She and others at the center say having someone dedicated to helping people connect with the program is the reason they've had so many people sign up.

The program has been up and running since 2009; the state uses federal funds according to Graham. It ends at the end of June; Graham says there is still time to receive help from this program if you hurry, otherwise she says grants and programs come up and their job is to connect people with them. She suggests checking back often for different options.

For more on the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, click here.  For the list of in-demand jobs for the Colorado Enhanced Training Program, click here.

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