National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP)

The National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) is the most successful job training program operated by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). It is a fiscally responsible program aimed at educating and training farmworkers into jobs that allow them to earn an income to sustain themselves and their families.

TOPS has administered this grant in the state of Tennessee since ____. The program provides an opportunity for migrant and seasonal farm workers who are U.S. citizens to participate in education beyond high school or GED to secure employment in a more stable field of work.

Last year TOPS served XX number of people in XX communities. Rate of Success is __%.

We have been in operation for over 30 years in the State of Tennessee.  Our case managers will provide skills assessment, counseling,  employment assistance and job readiness.
Occasionally Pell Grants and Lottery Grants may also be available to farm workers who want to continue their education and have financial need.

Farmworker Housing – TOPS assists eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers in obtaining sound affordable housing by providing structured housing counseling, technical assistance to farmworkers in submitting loan applications and assist in the development of single and multi-family homes, weatherization and rehabilitation efforts.

Career Counseling – Computerized or manual skills assessment testing to assist with career planning.

Work Experience – Job placement with an employer to teach basic work skills.

Classroom Training – Stipends to support incidentals while enrolled in a class. Assistance with supplies and tuition costs, if needed.

On the Job Training – Participants are paired with and employer to gain skills or knowledge to perform the job.

Related Assistance – Emergency assistance that addresses the immediate needs of the Farmworker and his or her family.

Job Search Assistance – Through partnerships with technology schools and employers TOPS assists in job placement upon completion of classroom or on-the-job trainings.

Our mission is to assist farm workers and their families to achieve economic self-sufficiency through job training.  We are funded by a grant from the Department of Labor under the Workforce Investment Act, Section 167.  We want to help you get training in a field where you may be able to obtain a certification in that field such as Welding, Certified Nurse Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse, Electrical Lineman, Industrial Maintenance, Automotive Technician, Cosmetologist, and other fields that have proven long-term job potential and stability.

Am I Eligible?
You may qualify if you meet the following eligibility requirements.

  1. You are a citizen of the United States
  2. For men born after 1960, you have registered for the Selective Service
  3. You have earned 50% of your income or 50% of your time worked in farm work during a 12 month consecutive period of time over the past two years.
  4. Your income did not exceed the poverty limit under Health & Human Services

Guidelines
If you think you might qualify for this assistance, please contact one of our case managers listed on our website or click below to contact us. They will review your eligibility and if you are eligible, begin the paperwork process to get you started.  We want to help you go beyond your high school education or GED to access employment opportunities in your chosen field of study and work.