Communities And Workforce Development by Edwin Melendez

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The changing role of community colleges and their positioning in a reconfigured industry are the central topics of the next section of the volume. Recasting the Role of Community Colleges Among the institutions that have taken the most advantage of policy reforms are community colleges. Many community colleges have created new programs to accommodate the growing demand for job readiness programs for welfare recipients. Often these programs are structured like career ladders, allowing former program participants to continue their training and education toward industry-sanctioned certificates and other credentials.

As a result, many new programs were started by nontraditional institutions, many of the traditional programs underwent a rapid transformation of operations, and many others left the industry. The studies presented in the volume constitute a first step towards a comprehensive assessment of the role that community organizations have played in the revamping of the employment services industry. One of the most significant developments in the employment services industry today is the evolution of traditional service providers into a new type of labor market intermediary that simultaneously focuses on both the needs of job seekers and those of employers.

Level of subcontracting Relatively little. Extensive. Very little for SAP, extensive for ESP. Very little. SOURCE: Contract information provided by the following organizations: Houston Department of Human Services, Gulf Coast Workforce Board; Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development; Office of Contracts, New York City Comptrollers Office; County of San Diego, Contract Operations. Competing for Contracts 41 Bidding process 42 Sanger Even as they do so, however, the demands and philosophy of TANF impose programmatic emphases that compromise organizational values and challenge long-standing missions.

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