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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 3, 2016
Contact: Bob Potter, Olympic Workforce Development Council Director
360.337.4873 or bpotter@co.kitsap.wa.us
No: 2016-043

Local Workforce Development Plan draft open for public comment

(Port Orchard, WA) – After many months of planning, the Olympic Workforce Development Council released a draft of the Olympic Consortium Workforce Development Plan and invites the public to review and provide input. Public comment will be accepted through May 31, 2016.

The local action plan for 2016-2020 was developed based on considerations of local workforce needs and thoughtful contributions from partners and stakeholders. The goals and objectives identified entail collaborations across the full span of the workforce development system and utilize the breadth of the system’s assets and expertise. The plan details employer coordination with worker training programs and business partnerships to prepare and promote a skilled and adaptive workforce.

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), reauthorizing and overhauling the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 with important workforce system reforms. The Opportunity Act directs local areas and private sector-led workforce boards to develop a strategic, integrated plan that supports economic growth and labor force needs. The goal is to improve the quality of the workforce, increase economic self-sufficiency, reduce welfare dependency and enhance productivity.

The Olympic Consortium Workforce Development Area serves Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties and supports business, industry and all levels of employers and job seekers. It oversees WorkSource employment centers in Bremerton, Port Orchard, Port Hadlock and Port Angeles.

A copy of the draft Olympic Consortium Workforce Development Plan may be reviewed at www.olympicwww.olympicworksource.comworksource.com. Additional information on the WorkSource program and other resources is available at www.kitsapgov.com/hs/olympdev/jtWorkSource.htm.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, special assistance or alternate formats are available upon request. For accommodations or to comment on the plan by the May 31 deadline, contact Bob Potter, Olympic Workforce Development Council Director, at 360.337.4873 or bpotter@co.kitsap.wa.us.

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Last Updated:  May 03, 2016