DeKalbWorks!

DeKalbWorks! is a collaboration between various service organizations to provide a unified education, training and employment program for job-seekers and workforce development services to businesses. DeKalbWorks! include a Comprehensive One-Stop Center and four Satellite Centers .

The mission of DeKalb Workforce Center, Inc. “is to serve as a catalyst to develop and maintain a collaborative network of organizations that provide employment, training and human resource services to individuals and businesses.”

DeKalb Workforce Center, Inc.'s Partner Organizations:

As the “One-Stop Operator,” Partners organizations share program resources and contribute to the on-going operations of DeKalbWorks! The organizations include the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce, DeKalb County Family and Children Services, DeKalb County Office of Economic Development, DeKalb Workforce Development Department, DeKalb County Housing Authority, DeKalb Technical College, Georgia Department of Labor, Georgia Department of Labor Vocational Rehabilitation, Georgia Perimeter College, Goodwill Industries of North Georgia, Jewish Family & Career Services, Inc. and Partnership for Community Action, Inc.

Law and Governance:

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) was signed into law in August 1998. The law replaces the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) and provides the framework to develop an employment system that the focus is universality and integrated systems, and is business driven. The WIA state governance is the Georgia Workforce Investment Board http://www.dol.state.ga.us/em/wib.htm

The Board is appointed by the Governor and serves in an advisory capacity to the Governor, and assist in preparing the state workforce development plan; developing a performance plan with performance measures; developing the statewide employment statistics system and other such matters. The Board's mission is to bring business, labor, education and the public sector together to develop strategies and support efforts to best meet the needs of the state's workforce and employers, thereby enhancing Georgia 's competitiveness n the global economy. DeKalb County is one of twenty local Workforce Investment Act (WIA) service delivery areas in Georgia . As such, the County is the grant recipient for the WIA funds. The County Chief Executive Officer establishes a Workforce Investment Board (WIB) to oversee the service delivery system in conjunction with County Elected Officials.

The Federal Workforce Investment Act sets forth the guidelines for the One-Stop Service Delivery System. The Act requires a one-stop delivery system in each local workforce investment area; Designates One-Stop Partners who operate programs under such titles as the Wagner-Peyser Act, the Adult Education and Literacy, Vocational Rehabilitation Act, Welfare-too-Work grants, Title V of the Older Americans Act, postsecondary vocational education under the Perkins Act, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Veterans employment services, Community Service Block Grants and Department of Housing and Urban Development. In DeKalb County , this includes such Partners as the Georgia Department of Labor - DeKalb Office (Wagner-Peyser Act), DeKalb Technical College (Perkins Act), Jewish Family & Career Service (Title V), of services and much more.

One-Stop Workforce Development System:

DeKalbWorks! consist of one Comprehensive One-Stop Center and four Satellite Centers . Services include:

Core Services: Access to computers, printers, word-processing and résumé writing software, Internet, e-mail, telephone, fax, pre-employment job search skills workshops, job search literature, Job listings, Labor Market Information Employment trends such as area profiles, market projections, job outlook, and wage information, and Assistive Technology (AT) state-of-the-art equipment for customers with visual and/or hearing impairments, access to services tailored to the needs of the older worker, youth, TANF customers, and federal bonding program required by employers, and etc.

Intensive Services: Education and training information and guidance about career options, occupational skill training, financial aid resources, and other training services that might be available in the area such as customized training, access to the Workforce Investment Act Individual Training Account (ITA) and Georgia Career Information System (GCIS), individual career exploration, assessment and counseling, and job search assistance from career consultants, employment assistance to military veterans, skill training support services such as childcare, tools, uniforms, transportation and etc.

See “Jobseekers” for additional information about Core Services and Intensive Services.