minhead.gif (11357 bytes)Approved Approved 11/30/99

November 10, 1999



5:00 p.m. - Lane Community College Board Room

Commissioner Bobby Green, Sr., presided with Commissioners Anna Morrison, Peter Sorenson and Cindy Weeldreyer present. Bill Dwyer was excused. County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.

Present from Lane Community College Board: Michael Rose, Roger Hall, Tracy Simms, Jerry Moskus, Robert Ackerman, Larry Romine, George Alvergue, Ralph Wheeler and Kathleen Shelly

Workforce Discussion.

Chuck Forester, Lane Workforce Partnership, gave an overview of the program.

Kim Burelli, Lane Community College, handed out information and gave a presentation on the Comprehensive Workforce Training Program and Services at Lane Community College. (Copy in file.)

Patty Lake, Lane Community College, gave an overview on the Transitional Work Force.

Leslie Rasor, Adult Program, Lane Community College, passed out information and gave a presentation on Title II Skills, including reading, writing, math and technical skills to help employees get better jobs. (Copy in file.)

Weeldreyer presented information on the micro business community development block grant. (Copy in file.)

George Alvergue asked why LCC couldn't be a one stop center in Lane County for people getting into the workforce.

Forester responded that it is difficult for one organization to be all things to all people. He noted that at the Oakmont location, it is a one stop location for development and employment for dislocated workers. He added that LCC is a one stop center for students on campus and the office on Oakmont addresses a wider range of the Lane County population.

Sorenson asked what the Board of Commissioners could do to help the college and the people served. He said he sees this joint meeting as an historical opportunity to help build partnerships.

Alvergue said he was concerned about there being a duplication of services and wants to find out how things could be meshed together.

Forester responded that LCC is not in a central location. He said that people go to the unemployment office on Oakmont for integrated services and it would be a better location and facility.

Jerry Moskus said because the two organizations do a lot of the same work, there is a potential for duplication. He said it would be interesting to identify the county's needs that were not being met by the two organizations and for those to be recognized. He said he was concerned about people living in rural areas.

Green noted that businesses have moved away from on the job training. He said they use to invest money in training but then their employees would leave. He added many businesses would look to universities and junior colleges. He said there is some duplication but he is looking for an opportunity to be partners and to focus on what the gaps are. He added not everyone's needs have been met and he wants to have another historic meeting to center the discussion on the gaps in services and to deliver a quality product.

Weeldreyer said she wanted the Lane Workforce Partnership to get some questions answered around needs and gaps and work with Lane County, LCC and the private sector on regional strategic planning and economic development. She encouraged LCC to take the leadership in learning about how the new infrastructure will be used.

Moskus suggested to get groups from LCC and the County in different areas to see if there is any basis for cooperation and have them report back at a future meeting to move forward.

There being no further business, Commissioner Green adjourned the meeting at 7:15 p.m.

Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary

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