Building Bridges. La Mujer Obrera and El Puente CDC’s Workforce Development Strategy October 27, 2006. Presented by Cindy Arnold, El Puente CDC 2000 Texas Ave, El Paso, TX 79901 915-478-0823; www.mujerobrera.com ; email@example.com. El Puente Roto – The Broken Bridge.
Building Bridges La Mujer Obrera and El Puente CDC’s Workforce Development Strategy October 27, 2006 Presented by Cindy Arnold, El Puente CDC 2000 Texas Ave, El Paso, TX 79901 915-478-0823; www.mujerobrera.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Service Program Orientation Center Assets Analysis: Work, education, life Individual Training and Mobility Plan • Employment Center • Preparation • Referrals: Job Search Lists • Employer Contacts • Preparedness training services • Study skills • Accessing Safety net • Leadership
Workforce Development within Social Purpose Businesses Gain skills and move into general workforce Advance thru businesses and non profits Start own business 3 pathways within Social Purpose Businesses
Training Opportunities withinSocial Purpose Businesses Work-related Occupational Training Employment in Social Purpose Businesses Internships
Programmatic Development to Building Permanent Bridge Created by limitations/challenges at each step • Advocacy and Orientation: 1994-1997 • Limit: “if you know what to do, do it yourself” • Integrated Bilingual Workforce Training: 1998-2000 • Limit: great training model, no control over employment opps. • Social Purpose Businesses: 2000-2005 • Limit: scale, numbers • Systemic Solution: Mexican cultural economy • Plan Mayachen: 2006 adelante
Lessons Learned • Integrated system: Education, support services, employment experience, income support • Workforce Development within Economic and Community Development • Seeking systemic sustainability—critical mass; scaling up