Mission (established by WIB 7/99)

To pull all resources in the community into a systematic approach to:

  • help employers (current & future) become competitive in a global economy
  • help individuals attain life skills necessary for employment in family sustaining jobs

Principles of Federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (endorsed by WIB 9/99)

  • Customers’ needs (businesses & individuals) drive the design of the system and services
  • Universal and convenient access to services and information at a Job Center location
  • Customer choice of training programs and services
  • System performance and success (accountability) will be shared with all customers
  • Business will provide information, leadership, and play an active role

Values guiding the system (endorsed by the WIB 9/99)

  • Free market system of services and training
  • Informed customer choice (all performance information shared with customers)
  • System decisions based on performance and data determining Return on Investment (ROI)

Criteria for One-Stop (endorsed by WIB 10/99)

  • Connection with economic development and business needs
  • Maximization of money to direct services (training, skill upgrade, etc.) and not administration
  • Seamless system inclusive of youth to develop skilled workers
  • Flexible system that can move on a dime to meet business needs

Vision for the One-Stop Facilities (endorsed by WIB 9/00) 

  • To provide facilities, which add value to Job Center services, meet customer needs (business & individual), and provide opportunities for synergies for those organizations co-locating in the Job Center

Policy Directions (established 9/00)

  • During low unemployment
  • Shift public resources to post-employment
  • Work first strategies are the priority
  • Writing, Attitude, Reading, Math (WARM) skills should be taught, pre-employment and specific job skills are best trained on the job
  • The more specific the skill, the more appropriate it is to teach it in the workplace

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