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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 ; info@mujerobrera.com. El Puente Roto – The Broken Bridge.

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    1. 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 ; info@mujerobrera.com

    2. El Puente Roto – The Broken Bridge

    3. Integrated Bilingual Workforce Development Model

    4. Educational ProgramWeaves together skill building in:

    5. 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

    6. Employment Experience:Social Purpose Business Model

    7. 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

    8. Training Opportunities withinSocial Purpose Businesses Work-related Occupational Training Employment in Social Purpose Businesses Internships

    9. Career Lattice

    10. 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

    11. 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