Mayor Don Wesely today cut the ribbon to officially open the One Stop Career Center, 1010 “N” Street. The Center offers services to job-seekers and employers as part of the new job training and employment system mandated by the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The Center now includes the services of 18 organizations.
“The creation of the One Stop Center represents the very strong bond we have between the public and private sectors,” said Mayor Wesely. “This Center is an invaluable resource. It is very important to our economy that we have a system that responds to the needs of employers and job seekers.”
The public is invited to a Community Open House at the Center from 8 to 10 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, November 15.
On July 1, 2000, the WIA replaced the Job Training Partnership Act, which had coordinated job training services nationwide since the early 1980s. Three local workforce investment areas were designated in the state: Lancaster and Saunders Counties and the city of Lincoln; Douglas, Sarpy and Washington Counties and the city of Omaha; and “greater Nebraska,” which consists of the remaining 88 counties. The Act placed administration responsibility for the new system in the “chief elected official,” and the Boards of Lancaster and Saunders Counties designated Mayor Wesely as that individual.
The Workforce Investment Board, appointed by Wesely and chaired by Jim Linderholm of HWS Consulting Group, developed the local implementation plan for WIA. The plan was approved by the Nebraska Department of Labor.
Employment services have been offered at the Center since July of 2000. In a survey conducted by the Board last spring, 91.3 percent of the 765 respondents indicated they would recommend the One Stop services to others.