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ERIC Number: EJ762032
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1090-8811
Peer Professional Development for Workforce Development in Arizona: A Grassroots Capacity-Building Initiative
Schmidt, Susan; Morales, John; Murphy, Sheila E.
Performance Improvement, v45 n3 p16-21 Mar 2006
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) has authorized services to assist Arizona employer clients and job-seeking clients in developing businesses and communities with qualified staff who can respond to opportunities for business and job growth. Locations in which businesses and jobs are growing require responsive mechanisms that address unique characteristics of communities as jobs emerge and employees become prepared to meet associated performance requirements. WIA-funded One-Stop Career Centers (One-Stop Centers) offer several mechanisms associated with workforce development. In 2004, professionals representing One-Stop Centers and workforce development efforts throughout Arizona recognized an opportunity to address a particular challenge. Specifically, current workforce development services were being branded and marketed as uniformly available on a statewide basis. The reality was that different tiers of service existed, based on the comparative resource availability within the diverse regions of the state. In May 2003, the Workforce Subcommittee of the Arizona Association for Economic Development proposed an action item to enhance the image of workforce development in the state. The specific proposal was to establish a peer capacity-building assessment team to review One-Stop Centers as major delivery vehicles for publicly funded workforce development services at the local level in the state of Arizona. The primary purpose of the initiative was to strengthen performance capability at each One-Stop Center. The following steps were followed during the initial 18 months of the peer professional development process: (1) Design instrument for use in site visits; (2) Establish criteria for qualifying peer reviewers; (3) Design and deliver preliminary certification training; (4) Schedule and conduct site visits; (5) Hold a debriefing meeting; (6) Continue refinement of instrument; and (7) Identify emerging opportunities to strengthen the statewide workforce development system. The peer professional development process comprises a method of surfacing the core meaning of a service-based profession which seeks to serve communities by strengthening the business sector as well as those employees seeking to deliver services. Its grassroots approach to professional development and the enthusiasm that has characterized the implementation of the process to date attests to the validity of the need for sharing both challenges and successes in serving employers and job-seeking clients. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998