KCC Cements Commitment to Provide Community with Employment Training Services

7/24/2017 12:00:00 AM
A new partnership will put Klamath Community College at the front line of regional workforce development.
KLAMATH FALLS – A new partnership will put Klamath Community College at the front line of regional workforce development.

In June, the KCC Board of Education unanimously voted to enter into a $594,000 contract to provide WIOA Title 1B employment training services to adults and youth in Klamath and Lake counties.

Under the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) contract, KCC will deliver career and training services to dislocated workers and adult job seekers. For out-of-school youth and young adults age 16 to 24, programs will focus on job training and establishing pathways to higher education.

“Providing access to education and job training resources is a top priority for KCC,” said KCC President Dr. Roberto Gutierrez. “Entering this contract furthers KCC’s commitment to the community and ensures more community members will have access to resources for achieving the success they envision.”

KCC Workforce Development Director Charles “Chip” Massie said KCC will now be a partner to the Klamath Falls WorkSource Center and will deliver comprehensive year-round adult and dislocated worker services. Services for young adults will include developing individual career/employment plans based on interest assessments, educational needs, as well as short- and long-term goals.

“KCC can now provide more resources to help community members of all ages and backgrounds jump-start new careers or seek promotion in current jobs,” Massie said.

The East Cascades Workforce Investment Board (ECWIB) manages WIOA employment training services across a 10 county region in Central Oregon. ECWIB staff will work closely with KCC workforce development ensure a smooth of transition services and programming, Massie said.

“We have been working closely with the college for the past several months as they transition into the delivery of workforce services to local job seekers and businesses. KCC is able to leverage their college in support of services that can help lift local residents out of poverty while also helping grow the economy,” said ECWIB Executive Director Heather Ficht.

Through the contract, employment counselors will work with participants to develop an individualized plan that guides and supports out-of-work or underemployed adults in need of work skills, vocational training, or career pathway education. WIOA training activities will also serve dislocated workers and those in need of transitional training or education due to business closure or position realignment.

The program includes workshops on workplace basics, resume development, job search help, and may include financial assistance for work-related items, such as uniforms.        

For more information, contact KCC Workforce Development Director Chip Massie at 541-880-2339.
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