ERIC Number: ED389954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Creating Colorado's Workforce Development System. Recommendations for the Twenty-First Century.
Colorado Office of the Governor, Denver.
In order to maintain and improve its residents' standard of living, Colorado must develop an internationally competitive work force for the 21st century. To achieve this goal, a fully integrated, improved, and updated work force development system must be established. This system will require an ongoing partnership among business and industry, labor, government, and education. Recommendations for achieving these goals include the following: (1) develop an information and job exchange network with multiple access points; (2) direct resources designated for subsidized services so that funds follow the individual, not the program; (3) create a network of one-stop career centers; (4) consolidate state programs that provide training and employment services and tie them to economic development; and (5) assist in the creation of regional work force development boards to oversee employment and training programs in designated geographical areas. The present nine distinct programs should be merged into one dynamic and integrated system. The changes needed to develop a coordinated service delivery model to achieve the systemic changes envisioned for Colorado are in the areas of information, assessment, training, placement, and follow-up and evaluation. The new system should be market driven, efficient, flexible, accessible, performance-based, aligned with the economic development needs of the state, and a catalyst to encourage lifelong learning for all Coloradans. (The recommendation statement includes two appendixes that provide information on apprenticeships and employment by industry, and a list of workforce development programs authorized by federal statute, the number served, and the funding. The document contains 16 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado Office of the Governor, Denver.
Note: Report of the Colorado Workforce Coordinating Council.