WDB Director: Ms. Stephanie Seemion

Please click here to read part one of the plan.

Click here to read part two of the plan.

The Calcasieu Consortium Workforce Development Board is a 31-member Board appointed by the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury for staggered three-year terms. The Board consists of eighteen (18) private sector and thirteen (13) public sector members. The private sector members represent various sectors of the local economy including demand occupations such as medical, manufacturing, administration, accounting/finance, chemical industry, construction trucking, forestry, real estate, sales, transportation, welding, and prison industry. The public sector members represent Apprenticeships, Community Services Block Grant, Post-Secondary Education, Literacy, Economic Development, Wagner-Peyser, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, Department of Children & Family Services, Transitional Services for Soldiers, and School Board. Private Sector Board members are nominated by Chambers of Commerce from the 6-parish area and the public sector members are nominated by agencies specified by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. The division of members is based on a pro-rata share of the population for each parish. The Chair and Vice-Chair must be selected from the Private Sector and these individuals are elected by the WDB each year in June. They serve for one year at a time, and may serve for a maximum of three years. A roster of members is available on this site.

The Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) 51 includes Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis and Vernon parishes. The Board has adopted a Mission/Vision statement and goals and objectives for workforce development system. The Mission Statement is “We are a partnership of local community organizations and employers providing a comprehensive range of useful career and employment services, job training, and up-to-date information which will empower our job seeker customer to become self-sufficient and improve their overall quality of life AND to provide our employer customer with the opportunity for workplace proficiency and to provide a pipeline to connect them to the applicant pool in a demand driven market AND to serve both customers in a quality manner through continuous improvement. We put people to work.”


The goals and objectives include both the impact of Board services and the image created through Board services.

Impact: As a result of the board’s efforts:

1) Employees increase goals for future (increase self-esteem, pride & involvement
2) More Partners will be involved
3) Greater awareness of Board/Activities
4) Train employees for entry-level employment with upward mobility
5) Create a desire for work, employ greater numbers & reduce dependence upon public assistance
6) Train for higher paying jobs & increase access to those jobs
7) Give individual more responsibility for his/her life instead of providing programs to "just exist"
8) Employers will get a trained workforce

Image:
1) We are a community coalition serving as a motivating factor.
2) We are more than a government agency, we are an organization that cares:...a top-notch agency that gets results.
3) We are a pro-active, easy to work with, client-oriented, employer/provider focused resource who can help clients solve problems especially for the unemployed and the under-employed in a streamlined, universally accessible system.

Board Functions: Consistent with Section 108 of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act of 2014, the 13 functions of the local board include:

(1) Local/Regional Plan preparation and submission, in collaboration with the chief elected official,
(2) Carry out workforce research and regional labor market analysis of economic conditions and other research related to the workforce needs of the regional economy,
(3) Convening local workforce development system stakeholders to assist in the development of the local plan,
(4) Employer Engagement by leading efforts to engage with a diverse range of employers and with entities in the region to promote business representation, to develop effective linkages, to ensure that workforce investment activities meet the needs of employers and develop and implement proven or promising strategies for meeting the employment and skill needs of workers & employers,
(5) Career Pathways Development in collaboration with representatives of secondary and post-secondary education programs by aligning employment, training, education and supportive services needed by adults & youth and particularly, individuals with barriers to employment,
(6) Lead the efforts in Proven & Promising practices by identifying and promoting proven and promising strategies and initiatives for meeting the needs of employers and workers and jobseekers (including individuals with barriers to employment) including physical and programmatic accessibility to the one-stop delivery system,
(7) Develop strategies for using Technology to maximize the accessibility and effectiveness of the local workforce development system for employers and workers and jobseekers,
(8) In partnership with the chief elected official, conduct oversight for local youth workforce investment activities, ensure ensure appropriate use and management of funds provided by the Act, and ensure the appropriate use, management and investment of funds to maximize performance outcomes specified in Section 116 of the Act.
(9) Negotiate and reach agreement on Local Performance accountability measures for serving participants (% of participants in unsubsidized employment during the second quarter after exit from the program , % of participants in unsubsidized employment during the fourth quarter after exit from the program, median earnings of program participants who are in unsubsidized employment during the second quarter after exit, % of participants who obtain a recognized post-secondary credential or a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent during participation or within 1 year after exit from the program, % participants who are in an education or training program that leads to a recognized post-secondary credential or employment and w ho are achieving measurable gains toward a such credential or employment) and performance measures for youth (% of participants who are in education or training activities or in unsubsidized employment during the second quarter after exit from the program, percentage of participants who are in education or training activities or in unsubsidized employment during the fourth quarter after exit from program, the 3rd through 6th of the items listed at the beginning of this paragraph.
(10) In agreement with the Chief Elected Official, the local board shall designate or certify one-stop operators (may terminate for cause the eligibility of such operators), selection of youth providers by awarding grants or contracts on a competitive basis (may terminate for cause the eligibility of such providers, identify eligible training services,
(11) Coordination activities with education and training providers in the local area including providers of workforce investment activities, providers of adult education & literacy activities (by reviewing applications to provide adult education & literacy), providers of career and technical education and entities administering plans under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by replicating cooperative agreements with respect to efforts that will enhance the provision of services to individuals with disabilities and other individuals (such as cross training staff, technical assistance, use and sharing of information, cooperative efforts with employers and other efforts at cooperation, collaboration, and coordination.
(12) Develop a Budget for the activities of the local board in the local area, consistent with the local plan and the duties of the local board by having the chief elected official to serve as the grant recipient bearing liability for any misuse of grant funds allocated to the local area, designation of the local fiscal agent (the chief elected official has been designated as the fiscal agent for Local Workforce Development Area 51 (Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis and Vernon parishes), disburse the grant funds immediately for workforce investment activities at the direction of the local board, solicit other grants & donations from sources other than Federal funds,
(13) Annually assess the physical and programmatic accessibility of all one stop centers in the local area, make available to the public on a regular basis through electronic means and open meetings information regarding the activities of the local board including information regarding the local plan prior to submission of the plan, regarding membership, designation and certification of one-stop operators and the award of grants or contracts to eligible providers of youth workforce investment activities, and on request, minutes of formal meetings of the local board, hire a director and other staff to assist in carrying out the functions described in the Act, and finally, shall refrain from voting on a matter under consideration by the board if a conflict of interest exists (such as the provision of services by such member that would provide direct financial benefit to such member of the immediate family of such member).

Click here to read past and current Workforce Development Board minutes.

Click here for the current roster of members and their contact information.

Meeting Schedule: All regular board meetings are public meetings, held quarterly.
The board meets regularly on the fourth (4th) Thursday during the months of January, April, June & September.
Meetings begin at noon.
Meetings are held at the Business & Career Solutions Center located at 2424 3rd Street in Lake Charles in the Elcie Guillory Room. One meeting per year is held in Allen, Beauregard or Vernon parishes, according to a rotating schedule.

AGENDA: An agenda with other pertinent information is emailed to members at least 7 days prior to the meeting so that they may prepare for Board business. Click Here to download the agenda for the upcoming meeting. Anyone interested in a copy of the full Agenda packet should contact Juanita Poland at jpoland@cppj.net.

Committees: Committees of the Workforce Development Board include the following: Executive Committee, Youth Committee and Disability Committee. The Committees undertake specific action initiatives related to the overall goals of the WDB.

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