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Many organizations participate in workforce development -- high schools, community colleges, technical schools, employers, government agencies, workforce development boards, temporary agencies, and job seekers.  The Web can be a valuable tool for linking these organizations together.  The best solution has to be local, helping local job seekers, employers, and training institutions connect to each other.

The ideal workforce development website would have the following functionality:

bulletInformation about careers, local pay ranges, and skill requirements.
bulletA directory of local training institutions and career counselors.
bulletA unified catalog of classes, searchable by location and career path.
bulletWhere to go for financial aid and how to apply.
bulletLocal job listings and staffing organizations.

There are already some websites that help meet these needs.

ERISS has created USWorks, a national database with regional salary data and listings of training institutions, job openings and more.  The database has detailed data for 26 regions, most in California, Florida, Virginia and Texas.  Communities can contact ERISS to learn how to increase the number of listings for their region.

Four counties in southwest Florida have partnered to create the Alliance of Educational Leaders and a workforce development portal - SW Florida Education Works.  The portal links to a wide variety of regional resources, including the still-developing Southwest Florida Career and Service Center.  

Rural California's Tulare County has created Climb the Job Tree, a one-stop job and training information website.  The site includes information on public transportation, child care, and services for the differently-abled.

Lincoln, Nebraska has LincolnJobs.com, a nice website for listing and searching for metro area jobs.  The site also has information on relocating to Lincoln, and a link to a salary comparison tool on Homefair.com.  If you earn $100,000/yr. in Lincoln, you would need to earn $239,742 in Menlo Park, CA to afford a comparable home.  Ouch.

These are all good examples of what can be done through partnerships.  But creating a good website is less than half the battle.  Communities have to reach out to job seekers, employers, schools, and service organizations to tell them about the site and get job seekers to use it.  Libraries, training institutions, and public agencies should pass out information on the site and provide public access computers where people can do their research in private.

 

 
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