As part of Workforce Development Month, a time focused on services to job seekers and employers, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment joined forces with six libraries to provide demonstrations of a new technology called Virtual Workforce Centers. At libraries in Fairplay, Pagosa Springs, Cheyenne Wells, New Castle, Springfield and Crawford, job seekers had the opportunity to see how virtual case management, training, document storage capabilities and other features on dedicated workstations could assist in their job search.
Virtual Workforce Centers feature many of the same employment opportunities provided by Workforce Centers, Colorado's statewide network of employment offices, without having to travel to the nearest local office. Workforce Centers provide quality job placement and related services to job applicants and assist Colorado employers with their staffing needs.
"But even with all the workforce centers that are in place across the state, they can't be in every community," explains Department of Labor and Employment executive director Ellen Golombek. "The Virtual Workforce Center is a way to add points of service for us. The greater outreach they offer will help us enhance service delivery and cost effectiveness in government."
In addition, Virtual Workforce Centers add value to the libraries in which they are available. Across Colorado, libraries are expanding their services and increasingly working with partners to address the unique needs of their communities.
A total of 46 libraries across Colorado are participating in the Virtual Workforce Center project through either dedicated workstations with virtual case management functionality (30 locations) or a workstation reserved in each library for jobs search activity only (16). For a full listing of all participating libraries visit http://batchgeo.com/map/vwfc.blog comments powered by Disqus