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Innovations from Workforce Investment Boards

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Manufacturing Technician Pipeline Program
Yuma Private Industry Council, Inc. - Arizona
A business & retention survey uncovers a need for specialized manufacturing training within community businesses.

SMART Training
Yuma Private Industry Council, Inc. - Arizona
A collaboration between Yuma County Chamber and Yuma Private Industry Council helps train businesses and avert layoffs.

Metalworking Skills Machinists Certification
San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board - California
WIB funds machinist training through Technical Employment Training, Inc., helping over 30 job seekers obtain in-demand employment.

Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium
California Workforce Investment Board - California
Regional WIB is committed to growing jobs and helping businesses in the Green energy sector by developing public and private partnerships.

Manufacturing Advisory Committee
Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County - California
Seeking input from the local manufacturing industry builds business relationships, identifies training gaps, and targets the efforts of the WIB where they are most needed.

Economic Impact Report
Arapahoe/Douglas Works! - Colorado
WIB shares its methodology for calculating the return on public investment in terms of job placement, and the economic impact generated in various industry sectors and worker categories.

“Funneling” Individuals into Construction Careers
Capital Workforce Partners - Connecticut
Jobs Funnel Program brings employers and workers together by creating a local workforce pipeline for 15 different construction trades, and by providing training, remedial education, and job placement for hard-to-serve populations.

Helping Low Wage Workers Build Skills, Advance Careers, and Increase Incomes
Capital Workforce Partners - Connecticut
LIFE (Low Income Families Employment) Program brings together community colleges, social services, Chamber of Commerce, and WIA resources, providing individual case management to help low wage earners obtain training and gain skills needed for job advancement.

Group Sized Training for High Demand Occupations
Coastal Workforce Services - Georgia
Coastal Workforce Services partners with local unions and other training providers to train the workforce for high-demand jobs through certification courses.

Coastal Internship Program
Coastal Workforce Services - Georgia
Coastal Workforce Services partners with Savannah Technical College to provide work experience internships and expose employers to upcoming workforce talent.

CobbWorks Literacy Council
CobbWorks Inc. - Georgia
CobbWorks brings together funding and community resources to support and further Adult Literacy.

CobbWorks Youth ASSETS Program
CobbWorks Inc. - Georgia
Eligible youth are placed at worksites where they gain valuable work experience while earning a wage.

Tyson Foods Skills Training Program
Kansas WorkforceONE - Elmore Center - Kansas
Innovative partnership provides staffing solution for large food producer and provides jobs and training for 18 unemployed workers.

BRAC Virtual Job Fair
Susquehanna Workforce Network - Maryland
Region's first virtual/online job fair uses multimedia, social media, and chat to attract technical applicants for openings affiliated with Ft. Monmouth Base Realignment & Closing.

Virtual Job Board for a Multi-Employer Worksite
Frederick County Workforce Development Board - Maryland
WIB shares its approach to helping job seekers access employment opportunities on a military base, where there were multiple private and public employers and contractors, by creating a microsite that aggregates lists of job openings and provides tools and links to help them obtain employment.

Private Sector Summer Youth Employment Program
Boston Private Industry Council - Massachusetts
City WIB offers a program overview and a downloadable best practice guide for other WIBs wishing to develop a private industry youth placement program, where youth wages and job supervision are both fully provided by the company or business.

Library Partnership and Staff Training
Anoka County Job Training Center - Minnesota
County WIB creates a partnership that leveraged the County's library system to expands its outreach capabilities.

Pre-Employment Healthcare Academy
Workforce Development, Inc. - Minnesota
Workforce partnerships address the challenges of building the workforce for a high-growth industry by better preparing students to enter healthcare careers.

Gulf Coast Culinary Arts Learning Center
Mississippi Department of Employment Security - Mississippi
Young people impacted by Hurricane Katrina have a unique opportunity for culinary training from world class chefs.

Health Care Summer Youth Employment Program
Town of Hempstead Department of Occupational Resources (DOOR) - New York
Hempstead-Long Beach WIB creates program to introduce youth to healthcare careers while gaining work experience and maintaining academic skills.

HempsteadWorks Health Skills Partnership
Town of Hempstead Department of Occupational Resources (DOOR) - New York
Partnership between local WIB and healthcare providers, and university addresses workforce challenges in the industry.

Construction Career Pathways Collaborative
Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board - Ohio
The local WIB, workforce partners, educational providers, and the construction industry partner to build a pipeline of qualified workers.

Green Jobs Initiative in Ohio
Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board - Ohio
Grant partnerships between industry alliances, educational providers and the Southwest Ohio Region WIB create training opportunities and jobs for Ohio.

Project HIRE
Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board - Ohio
Funding for On-the-Job Training or classroom-based training provides incentives for businesses to hire displaced workers.

Oklahoma Project Green
Oklahoma Department of Commerce - Oklahoma
ARRA funding is helping Oklahoma create jobs and prepare to lead the nation in clean energy.

Mid-Valley Business Consortia
Job Growers Incorporated - Oregon
Industry alliances between businesses in Oregon's Mid-Valley region leverage community resources and help companies compete.

Employer Workforce Training Fund
Job Growers Incorporated - Oregon
Set-aside funding from WIA helps more than 60 businesses provide efficiency and skills training that helps their companies compete globally and avoid layoffs.

The BizConnect Project
Job Growers Incorporated - Oregon
Nearly 800 students in rural areas gain valuable experience through internships and job shadows at 283 participating companies.

Mid-Willamette Valley Staffing Association
Job Growers Incorporated - Oregon
Job Growers contributes staffing and support to a collaboration of staffing agencies, bringing job opportunities, training resources, and regional workforce needs into alignment.

Oregon Green Technology Certificate
The Oregon Workforce Alliance - Oregon
Certificate program prepares graduates with foundational skills needed in a variety industries that will offer "green jobs".

TLC Program (Time to Learn & Care)
Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board - Pennsylvania
A consortium of long term care providers creates a training program for new CNAs that addresses industry-specific requirements.

Reentry Management Collaboration
Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board - Pennsylvania
Lancaster County WIB and CareerLink partner with reentry support organization to prepare ex-offenders for the workplace.

Printing 101 Laboratory
Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board - Pennsylvania
Corporate partnership helps fund an onsite training facility and program that creates a pipeline of qualified workers.

Manufacturing Skills & Readiness
Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board - Pennsylvania
A training and education program prepares jobseekers for work in Manufacturing.

Fueling the Workforce in the Oil Region 
Regional Center for Workforce Excellence - Pennsylvania
The oil industry is partnering with local workforce service and training providers to prepare for growth.

NEPA Food Processing Partnership
Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, Inc. - Pennsylvania
A regional partnership between the food processing industry, workforce resources, and educational providers creates a pipeline of skilled workers for this fast-changing sector.

Mechatronics Partnership
Berks County Workforce Investment Board - Pennsylvania
WIB's and Employers collaborate with colleges to build an educational pipeline for Mechatronics, a new, advanced industrial maintenance occupation.

Workforce Solutions Literacy Collaborative
Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board - Pennsylvania
IMPACT Program helps advance adult literacy and increases job placement rate among participants.

2009 Summer Youth Employment Documentary
Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County - Texas
Five Texas-based workforce boards join efforts and use ARRA funds to serve over 4000 youth placed into summer employment with more than 300 employers.

Petrochemical Strategic Workforce Plan
Gulf Coast Workforce Board - Workforce Solutions - Texas
A Fortune 500 employer emerges as a valuable partner when it teams with Gulf Coast WIB to strengthen the region's workforce through training and development.

DFW Regional Aerospace Cluster
Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County - Texas
Grant dollars from the Texas Workforce Commission help implement an ambitious plan to address the workforce needs of the Aerospace Industry in Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas.

Virtual Youth Career Center
Opportunity Inc. (Hampton Roads WIB) - Virginia
Website featuring two-way audio, chat, and avatar-based interactions helps youth explore careers and prepare for job-searching.

Green Skills Employer Panel
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County - Washington
Seattle-King County WDC identifies key business partners to help develop leading-edge Green Jobs plan, including curricula, jobseeker info, labor market data, & training.

Career Coaching Program
WorkForce Central - Washington
WorkForce Central provides career services and educational outreach to healthcare employees enrolled in career advancement programs.

Employment and Housing Navigator
WorkForce Central - Washington
Workforce Central helps homeless families on TANF engage in employment and training services through leveraged WIA and grant funding.

Dislocated Workers: Upgrading Computer Skills
Sheboygan Dislocated Worker Assistance Center - Wisconsin
Specialized funding helps jobseekers who have never used a computer learn basic technology skills.