While walking around on errands this evening I passed by the Morgan hill One Stop and noticed a sign posted on their door. Curious, I approached and read it only to be saddened by the news that this resource would be closing within a month.
Work2Future is the real world result of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 which set aside more than $1 Billion of federal tax money to be controlled by the Department of Labor. The goal of work2future is to strengthen the economic base in San Jose and Santa Clara County by increasing employment opportunities and job retention for all residents. It looks to me like Morgan hill residents simply aren’t as worthy of this help as they thought we were upon opening last year.
Their mandate was as follows-
- Training and employment programs must be designed and managed at the local level where the needs of businesses and individuals are best understood.
- Customers must be able to conveniently access the employment, education, training, and information services they need at a single location in their neighborhoods.
- Customers should have choices in deciding the training program that best fits their needs and the organizations that will provide that service. They should have control over their own career development.
- Customers have a right to information about how well training providers succeed in preparing people for jobs. Training providers will provide information on their success rates.
- Businesses will provide information, leadership, and play an active role in ensuring that the system prepares people for current and future jobs.
While the Mobile One Stop will still be available at the Morgan hill Community Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays (10am-3pm), people unable to visit during those times will have to travel to either the San Jose or Gilroy One Stops, both of which require an expenditure of gas money or bus fare and neither of which is very centrally located for those who take public transit.Tags: Morgan Hill, One Stop, Services, Work2Future