Gov. Justice’s Blue Ribbon Task Force discusses progress in aligning training and workforce programs
Gov. Jim Justice’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Aligning the Roles and Missions of the State Community and Technical College System and Workforce Development System convened today to hear reports from five newly created subcommittees designed to create greater efficiencies resulting in a smoother path to jobs for West Virginians.
- The Agency Integration Subcommittee, tasked with looking at the roles and missions of agencies involved with workforce initiatives, is looking at current structures as they relate to federal funding and how to better serve West Virginians by aligning programs and connecting them with jobs.
- The Data Sharing Subcommittee, tasked with examining existing workforce reporting, is determining how to best share information across agencies through new technology solutions that will allow changes and decisions to be driven by and based in interconnected data.
- The Co-Enrollment Subcommittee, tasked with determining how to best serve West Virginians co-enrolled in multiple programs, is looking at breaking down barriers people face when getting into the workforce by taking an inventory of programs and people served, with the goal of creating touchpoints across the state that serve residents cohesively.
- The Cross Training Subcommittee, tasked with exploring ways agencies can gain expertise in other workforce areas, is looking at triaging the needs of people being served by existing programs and making systems more user-friendly.
- The Employer Engagement Subcommittee, tasked with exploring how businesses engage with the workforce system, is looking at how to streamline the process so the state can better identify employers’ needs, connect West Virginians with the jobs they have available, and ultimately retain existing and attract new employers to the state.
Gov. Justice established the Blue Ribbon Task Force by Executive Order in June to open the door to better employment opportunities by more strongly aligning credentialed training programs at community and technical colleges with the state’s workforce development programs. The group, which is chaired by Deputy Chief of Staff Ann Urling, is comprised of leaders from West Virginia businesses, two-year colleges, and various state agencies.
The Blue Ribbon Task Force and its subcommittees will continue meeting and present final findings and recommendations to Gov. Justice at the conclusion of its work, which is expected at the end of the calendar year.
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