Organization

About

Youth Workforce Center (YWC) where job seekers access training, education and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with skilled workers.

The Youth Workforce Center has a record of providing excellent career and technical education programs for youth on the Peninsula for over 16 years providing high quality occupational and employability skill training for out-of-school youth ages 17 to 24 with an emphasis in:

Increasing the focus on serving the most vulnerable workers
Expanding education and training options
Helping disadvantaged and unemployed youth earn while they learn

The YWC is housed at New Horizons Regional Education Center whose facilities are recognized as outstanding and the instructional staff has multiple years of combined experience in their specialty areas.

While training under the YWC, youth can expect comprehensive program services to include:

Tutoring services are provided by instructors to assist students in areas where they require additional help. Particular attention will be placed on youth requiring literacy and/or numeracy gains.

Paid and unpaid work experience is provided through the out-of-school youth programs proposed. Students enter on the job training in their respective cohort choice with individual employers when available.  The Program Coordinator and Case Manager visit appropriate industries throughout the year to establish training partners that will create a pipeline from training directly to placement.

Leadership development is provided through intensive group experiences for out-of-school youth. Community leaders visit and interact with you throughout the training.

Support services such as transportation, uniforms, tools, limited childcare assistance, and behind-the wheel will be available through the YWC.

Guidance and counseling are provided to all youth in YWC programs at the point of service. Community services will be leveraged to supplement case management and counseling services incorporated into each YWC program.

Adult mentoring is provided by individuals at the work sites, through instructors at New Horizons and within the communities. Training partners also work with students as they progress through their assigned courses.

Financial literacy – Making thoughtful and informed decisions about your finances is moreimportant than ever.  Creating a financial plan helps you see the big picture and set long and short-term life goals. When you have a financial plan, it’s easier to make financial decisions and stay on track to meet your goals.  Information and activities are implemented with a local financial institution and/or financial expert.

Entrepreneurial skills training – how to become a business leader and creator of new ideas and business practices.

Follow up services will be scheduled to all participants who have exited the program. Participants will be contacted at 30, 60 and 180-day intervals to ensure they are progressing or need further assistance.

Mission

To provide workforce investment activities, through statewide and local systems that increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants, and increase attainment of recognized credentials by participants, and as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, increase economic self-sufficiency, meet the skill requirements of employers, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation’s work force.

History

Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which replaces the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, and support services to succeed in the modern labor market. The Youth Workforce Office at New Horizons Regional Education Centers offers an array of comprehensive sponsored services through its In-School and Out-of-School Programs for at-risk youths ages 16-24 on the Greater Peninsula and assist youths in skills training, educational attainment and preparing for successful employment.

The law will also encourage workforce development programs to help match employers with candidates needed to compete in the global economy.

The Youth Workforce Center housed at New Horizons Regional Education Center (NHREC) since 2000 prepares youth for post-secondary educational opportunities and employment linking academic and occupational learning. The Youth Workforce Office at New Horizons Regional Education Center offers an array of comprehensive sponsored services through its In-School and Out-of-School Programs for at-risk youths ages 16-24 on the Greater Peninsula and assist youths in skills training, educational attainment and preparing for successful employment.

Programs include tutoring, study skills training and instruction leading to completion of secondary school (including dropout prevention); alternative school services; mentoring by appropriate adults; paid and unpaid work experience; occupational skills training; leadership development; and appropriate supportive services. Youth participants also receive guidance and counseling, and follow-up services for one year.

The WIOA is vital to the modernization of the nation’s workforce development system. WIOA introduces a renewed system which will ensure access for all individuals, of every skill level, the opportunity to pursue the skills, training, and education they need to obtain employment that will lead to financial stability and economic security for themselves and their families. Employers will also have the assurance that trained and qualified workers will be available to fill their current and future openings.

Update: New Summer Hours of Operation Monday-Thursday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, closed Fridays. Adult Education Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM to 6:00PM
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