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Workforce Development Board

The Workforce Development Board of Oswego County is a non-profit organization that administers the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding that supports employment-related programs for youth, the adult workforce and employers in Oswego County, with the goal of a strong economy and self-sufficiency for every resident.

A message from the Oswego County Workforce Development Board (WDB)

Beginning July 28th, 2021 with the WDB Skills and Training Committee at 8:30 a.m., all Workforce Development Board Committee and Board meetings will be held in person at the SUNY Oswego Business Resource Center, 121 E. 1st Street, Oswego, NY 13126.

View the 2021/2022 WDB meeting schedule

If you would like to view minutes or recordings of past Workforce Development Board Committee or Board meetings, please follow these links:

The federal CARES Act was signed into law March 27, 2020. The Act provides enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for New Yorkers.

The NYSDOL website has updated information to share: https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/cares-act.shtm.

One-Stop Operator Request For Proposals 

The Oswego County Workforce Development Board (WDB) Inc. of Oswego County is soliciting proposals from eligible providers to serve as the One-Stop Operator for the Oswego Workforce Development Area in accordance with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was enacted on 7/22/2014 and became effective on 7/1/2015. Through this request for proposals (RFP) the WDB will procure the services of a One-Stop Operator, which will coordinate the service delivery of One-Stop partners and service providers and perform additional roles required by the WDB. The period of performance will be 9/1/2021-6/30/2022. Contingent upon successful contractor performance and adherence to federal, state and local guidelines; contracts may be renewable up to 3 years, for the 6/30-7/1 fiscal year. The role of the One-Stop Operator will be funded up to $7,000 per fiscal year at the cost of the WDB.

A copy of the RFP document is linked here or on the Workforce Development System of Oswego County website: https://www.ocwny.org. Questions relating to the RFP can be sent to Chena Tucker at [email protected] with the subject line: One-Stop Operator Questions, no later than July 14, 2021. In addition, a consolidated electronic document will include all Q&A and will be posted and made publicly available https://ocwny.org/rfps by July 21, 2021. A bidder’s conference will be held on July 27, 2021, at 12:00 (Noon) via zoom. The Zoom link for the bidder’s conference will be included in the above-referenced consolidated Q&A document

The deadline for proposals is August 10, 2021. The Workforce Development Board, Inc. of Oswego County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals received as a result of this request, to negotiate with all qualified sources, or to cancel in part or its entirety this RFP if it is in the best interest of the Workforce Development Board, Inc. of Oswego County to do so or to request further information from any applicant.

No questions have been submitted relating to the One-Stop Operator RFP prior to the bidder's conference held on July 27, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom. One entity attended the bidder's conference. The following three questions were asked:

Does your board meet quarterly?
Response: Yes, our Full Board meets quarterly. 

Do you work with Partners already?
Response: Yes, we hold a Partners Roundtable Committee meeting twice per year. 

Has your board been meeting during COVID?
Response: Yes, our board has been meeting regularly, by virtual meetings, throughout COVID. We will begin meetings in person, starting on July 28, 2021. 

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Our goal at the Workforce Development Board is to partner with local businesses and community leaders along with educational and training entities to ensure that our current and future Oswego County workforce is qualified with the necessary skills to obtain and retain jobs within our local and regional in-demand occupations - Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing, the Skilled Trades and Hospitality.

Our Services

  • Identifying strategies for addressing skill shortages.

  • Issuing consumer report cards for training programs.

  • Aligning training programs to meet the needs of the business community.

  • Monitoring the effectiveness of training programs.

  • Setting training funding priorities for maximum benefit to job-seekers

Learn more about our board

Services to Businesses

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) writes and obtains training grants for private and public sectors, and provides workforce needs assessments to area businesses.

A working community is a strong community fostering economic development, regional support systems and more. We are building a bright future for Oswego County by providing these services:

  • The formation of focus groups and community roundtable discussions to identify future workforce needs.
  • Use labor market data to identify these needs to grow our local economy.
  • Assisting local employers by seeking available grants and other funding sources to offset training costs.
  • Develop regional strategic plans to increase cooperation among industry sectors. Produce state of the workforce report.

OFFICE

Business Resource Center

121 East First Street, Oswego, NY 13126

CONTACT

Chena L. Tucker
Executive Director

Phone: 315.312.3493
Email: [email protected]

Hours: 8 am - 4:00 pm
Monday - Friday