Monday, June 15, 2015

Mesa County Workforce Center gains autonomy


The Mesa County Workforce Center has been officially designated by Gov. John Hickenlooper as a Local Workforce Development Area. In accordance with the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Colorado Workforce Development Council, Mesa County demonstrated its ability to achieve this regional status by meeting all the criteria required by federal law and state policy. 

The designation means the Workforce Center no longer operates as part of the Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium.

“This designation will continue to allow us to quickly meet the needs of the local business community while remaining an important partner in economic development,” said Suzie Miller, Business Services Manager with the Mesa County Workforce Center.

The Mesa County Workforce Center achieved this designation due to years of impressive performance in building relationships with the business community, helping people find jobs and assisting people in addressing barriers.

            “The Mesa County Workforce Center being designated as our own region is a different opportunity to continue to do what we have done in the past," said Tracey Garchar, Mesa County Human Services director. "We will still work with the state, but we won’t be part of the Rural Consortium, which is the network of rural workforce centers. We will continue with a genuine focus and value on the success of the people in our community. As a Local Workforce Development Area, we will be able to fully build and strengthen our services with business, education and economic development efforts to meet the needs of Mesa County.”

Mesa County has effectively been operating the Mesa County Workforce Center since 1998 as an integrated one-stop-shop for business and job seekers. This designation will strengthen the collaborations with business, industry, secondary and higher education.

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