Investing Funds In Our Region
Lane Workforce Partnership (LWP) plays a crucial role in supporting the region’s job training and employment initiatives by actively securing state and federal funds. As a recipient of funding under Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), LWP also competes for grants to administer innovative workforce programs. Our programs enable eligible individuals, including youth, young adults, and adults, with the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the evolving demands of Lane County’s employers. Additionally, we offer programs specifically designed to serve the needs of local businesses.
At LWP, our approach revolves around a comprehensive understanding of the region’s workforce needs. This enables us to allocate resources strategically, ensuring that our job training programs remain relevant and highly effective. We believe that our success lies in fostering strong relationships within the community and maintaining transparency in our funding decisions. With every dollar invested, our aim is to maximize its impact and achieve the utmost cost-effectiveness, thereby creating a sustainable and thriving workforce ecosystem in Lane County.
The current WIOA service providers are outlined below.
Based on the Request for Proposal process completed in May of 2021, LWP awarded Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) a contract effective July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022 with the option to extend for up to three additional years.
Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) provides One-Stop-Operator Services throughout Lane County in accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. As the One-Stop-Operator, OMEP is considered a subrecipient of federal funds and is required to follow Uniform Guidance.
Workforce services in Lane County are primarily funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The work authorized under this federal legislation provides support for workforce development activities in the local area, which are supplemented and aligned with other funding sources. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission – Office of Workforce Investments (HECC-OWI) oversee this funding. As defined by the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) Section 678.620, the One-Stop Operator’s role at a minimum is to coordinate the service delivery of required one-stop centers, branded in Oregon as WorkSource, partners and service providers. As the selected entity, OMEP has demonstrated effectiveness and experience in providing services in Oregon and is able perform the duties of the One-Stop Operator without any conflicts of interests.
Adult and Dislocated Worker Service Providers – WorkSource Oregon Lane
Per the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title I formula funds allocated to local areas for adults and dislocated workers must be used to provide career and training through the one-stop delivery system (WorkSource). Per 20 CFR 680.140 of the same legislation, local workforce boards (Lane Workforce Partnership) are responsible for determining the most appropriate delivery of these services.
Furthermore, and to comply with Executive Order 13-08 of the State of Oregon which disallows for Local Boards to provide direct services to participants, LWP has selected the following provider of Title I Adult and Dislocated Worker Jobseeker and Employer Services through open and competitive procurement processes:
- Lane County Health and Human Services (HHS): HHS is considered a subrecipient of federal funds and is required to follow Uniform Guidance. As a subrecipient, HHS is monitored annually for fiscal and programmatic compliance and provide regular reporting on performance measures. Contracts are effective on a July 1- June 30 basis and renewed in accordance with LWP procurement policies.
Youth Program Service Provider
Per Executive Order 13-08 of the State of Oregon which disallows for Local Boards to provide direct services to participants and per WIOA sec. 123, LWP used a competitive process to select Connected Lane County (CLC) to carry out all the WIOA Title I Youth 14 elements and services. CLC is considered a subrecipient of federal funds and is required to follow Uniform Guidance. As a subrecipient, CLC is also monitored annually for fiscal and programmatic compliance and provide regular reporting on performance measures. Contracts are effective on a July 1- June 30 basis and renewed in accordance with LWP procurement policies.
Eligible Training Providers