Supervisors Approve Contract Between Social Services and the Workforce Development Office

(L) ICWFO Director Miguel Figueroa and ICDSS Director Peggy Price (R) stressed the importance of the contract saying it was a great opportunity to expand services offered to Imperial County community members.

EL CENTRO – In an effort to expand subsidized employment services in Imperial County, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a contract between the Imperial County Department of Social Services and the Imperial County Workforce Development Office in the amount of $871,827.27 during Tuesday’s regular board meeting.

The Imperial County Workforce Development Office (ICWDO) services will include the following: expand the existing job search and employer recruitment services that currently are available through an employer network; address participants’ limitations to access services by making available three “America Job Centers” employment centers (Calexico, El Centro and Brawley) and two satellite offices (Winterhaven and Calipatria); take advantage of existing relationships with current employers, serve as employer of record for one point of contact for ICWDO and site employers for payroll, benefit worker’s compensation; placements for clients who need basic skills to become employable; placement for clients who need training to develop specific work skills; and placement intended to transition clients to unsubsidized employment, often with subsidized employer.

“We are confident that these services will allow our participants to gain valuable work experience that will increase their ability to obtain unsubsidized employment in the future,” said Peggy Price, director of the Imperial County Department of Social Services. “These placements will also continue to help our County improve our Federal Work Participation Rate (WPR).”

Price said this was the first time ICDSS entered into a partnership with ICWDO, and said was looking forward to working with the agency.

“Because this is the first time we are working together, we did take time to develop this MOU so that we can meet the mandates of both of our programs,” said Price.

Imperial County Workforce Development Office Director Miguel Figueroa said the memorandum of understanding (MOU) was a great opportunity to expand services offered to the community.

“The trend across the state is to follow our new federal mandate which calls for a closer partnership with our counties across the state,” said Figueroa. “We need to meet those expectations and unify our services, and being more efficient and effective when it comes to providing those opportunities to our clients.”

The contract term is for ten months, September 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 and is funded through the AB98 funding, Expanded Subsidized Employment (ESE) and CalWORK’s Single Allocation. There is no impact on the County General Fund.

“We are definitely moving in the right direction,” said Michael Kelley, District 3 Supervisor.