Workforce Alliance Earns State Award for Outstanding Services to Veterans

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Workforce Alliance today announced that it has been awarded first place in the 2009 Veteran Incentive Award Program by the Agency for Workforce Innovation, the State of Florida’s lead agency in the administration of the state’s various workforce programs. Workforce Alliance, in competition with all other Florida workforce regions of comparable size, was selected to receive the award.

Kathryn Schmidt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Alliance, said, “We have long recognized the important role and far-reaching efforts of our Career Centers in serving the needs of veterans in our County, and are pleased that the State of Florida now joins us in this recognition. I would like to congratulate the numerous Workforce Alliance staff members who contributed to the earning of this distinctive award.”

Workforce Alliance, through its three Career Centers and its outreach programs to various veterans’ organizations, provides a wide range of job seeker services that include job development and referrals, resume assistance, job search workshops, referrals to training, certification programs, supportive services, case management, labor market information, and other forms of career and vocational guidance.

Workforce Alliance’s specially designated Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives and Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists also conduct outreach to employers to advocate on behalf of veterans to local businesses to develop increased employment opportunities for this highly deserving group. They also provide outreach and intensive services to veterans with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

Workforce Alliance is holding a Veterans’ Job and Benefits Fair on Friday, November 6, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Workforce Alliance Central Career Center in West Palm Beach. Over twenty companies are expected to be conducting interviews and seeking to hire veterans at the event. These companies recognize and value the skills, experience and workplace readiness of veterans.

The event, also a Benefits Fair, provides veterans the opportunity to obtain information regarding benefits to which they may be entitled from representatives of such organizations as the Palm Beach County Veterans Services, the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Office, the VA Medical Center and others. Local veterans’ organizations will also be represented to provide information and assistance.

Employers with job openings who are interested in attending the event should contact Workforce Alliance at (561) 340-1060, and ask for a Veterans Representative.

Workforce Alliance is the agency chartered by the State of Florida to develop workforce programs that will serve the needs of employers and job seekers in Palm Beach County. The organization’s three Career Centers are located in West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach and Belle Glade. All three Centers are dedicated to serving the businesses and job seekers of Palm Beach in the development of a highly-skilled workforce prepared to meet their needs.

SOURCE Workforce Alliance

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