Investing in Our Future Workforce
The Lane Workforce Partnership’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) youth services are provided through contracts with Lane County school districts, non-profit agencies, and public entities. The programs help youth (ages 14-24 years) to gain work readiness, academic, and occupations skills to increase their success as they transition from school to additional education or work.
Current providers of WIOA youth services in Lane County include: Looking Glass Community Services; Lane County Youth Services; Bethel School District; Marcola School District; Pleasant Hill School District; South Lane School District; and NEDCO (Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation).
Looking Glass Community Services
Looking Glass Community Services offers high school credit recovery, high school completion, GED programs and modified diplomas. The job training program funded through Lane Workforce Partnership offers occupational skills training through a variety of programs including college level healthcare classes, culinary arts, and a natural resource development crew. Individualized work experiences with local businesses and specialized training programs are other major program components.
Lane County Youth Services (YS)
The youth served in the YS program receive referrals from the County Juvenile Counselors, Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) Parole and Probation Officers, and the YS alternative school program, e.g., the Martin Luther King (MLK) Education Center. The emphasis is on intensive education and counseling services provided through partnerships with OYA and local education programs. Funds provided by the Lane Workforce Partnership enhance the existing programs through the provision of paid internships that connect the youth to employment opportunities with local businesses.
Bethel School District
The Bethel Program is located at Kalapuya High School and serves both in and out-of-school youth. It is designed to prepare students for emerging construction and green career fields. Participants gain general workplace readiness skills and participate in career specific training and internships. Youth also have the opportunity to enroll in GED and high school classes at Kalapuya High School and/or take college courses at Lane Community College.
Marcola School District
The WIOA program will be housed at the Mohawk High School but will be a regional program open to all students in Lane County. The program will consist of a two week orientation followed by a three tiered, differentiated program that allows students to complete the program. The tiered program is structured to help youth build incremental, personalized relationships with Mohawk High School and Lane Community College staff. The goal of the structure is to increase participants’ ability to move confidently to a community college environment and to successfully overcome the barriers that often prevent at-risk students from successfully engaging in post-secondary academic and vocational/technical programs. Participants will be scheduled into a variety of classes and activities designed to earn credits toward completion of a recognized high school diploma, as well as enrollment in coursework leading toward a post-secondary certificate, with an emphasis on training in manufacturing, information/technology, medical or construction.
Pleasant Hill School District
The focus of Pleasant Hill’s program is high school completion, career exploration and gaining employment skills through such programs as the School-to-Work program, peer tutor program, Youth Transition Program (provides assistance in both life skills and work skill attainment). Students receive assistance in special projects and classroom assignments and can earn credit recovery during the summer and online credit recovery during the school year. Along with these programs, staff provide basic work skills through school base business, pre-apprenticeship program in the areas of construction, sheet metal, plumbing and electrical, and work experience focused on green and construction clusters. Events such as career fairs, college fairs, the Lane Community College’s College Now and RTEC Programs, Pleasant Hill Fire Department’s Emergency Services, and Vocational Rehabilitation’s Work Skills Assessment all provide additional resources for education in future careers.
South Lane School District
The South Lane School District program provides education completion and workforce development services to at-risk in-school students. Students are provided with opportunities to expand career options and explore careers in manufacturing and green technology. The program is designed to serve groups of students in cohorts throughout their participation. The program incorporates academic and career supports, intensive mentoring, summer work crews and internships, industry specific skill development and additional incentives via college credits. There is an expanded focus on three industry clusters with coursework articulated to LCC; streamlined pathways that avoid course duplication and enhanced technology networking.
Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO)
The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation requires that fourteen (14) program services be offered to all WIOA youth participants. The services that make up the mandated elements can be offered either in-house, through WIOA Youth Contractor staffing and resources, or in collaboration with local partner agencies. Two services, financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills training, are new services and are best delivered by someone who is an expert on the subject.
To assist with these two new required services, LWP connected with the local Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO). NEDCO offers programs and services designed to empower people and the communities to build assets, achieve long term financial stability/security, and assist in business development services for emerging entrepreneurs. NEDCO will offer financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills training to WIOA enrolled youth in all seven (7) program provider areas – either individually or in small groups.