July 07, 2017
Boston Career Center Operators Selected
Through an open and competitive procurement process in coordination with the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development (OWD), the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) has selected operators for Boston's comprehensive career centers. Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) and Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries have received four year charters to operate JVS CareerSolution and Boston Career Link respectively. The PIC has been chartering Boston's career centers every four years since 1996. This year, under the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), workforce boards across the state and the nation are chartering career center operators for the first time.
The chartering process began last June, when the PIC Board approved RFP priorities for awarding new career center charters for FY 18-21. Three proposals were received in response to the RFP by the closing date in December, and a review team comprised of Workforce Development Committee members, OWD and PIC staff, and WIOA-mandated partners read and scored the proposals. Review team representatives also participated in site visits to each applicant before making recommendations.
WIOA gives workforce boards the option to charter and fund Access Points to expand career center services into new communities in order to create opportunity and meet the workforce needs of area employers. Access Points serve as a place for customers to enroll in the career center system and learn about the services available at the comprehensive career centers. Unlike comprehensive centers, access points are chartered on an annual basis. To take advantage of this new provision, the PIC has selected two access points for FY 18—St. Francis House and Work, Inc. These operators will work together with the Comprehensive Career Centers to increase the availability of career services for Boston residents and employers.
Learn more about Boston's career centers.