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Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board



Earl Axelson , Chairperson
Rhonda Lowery, Executive Director

Atlantic County Workforce Development Board

The Workforce Development Board maintains partnerships between the public and private sector to develop policies and evaluate the readiness, at the county level to deliver a workforce prepared for employment in today's evolving economy.

Board Plans

The WDB engages in several planning processes a year to better develop and implement programs to assist adults, dislocated workers and youth with education, employment and training opportunities and manage adult literacy issues. From time to time, new research documents will be added to this page.

Please feel free to contact Rhonda Lowery, Executive Director for the Atlantic Cape May WDB at (609) 485-0153 ext. 4804 with any questions regarding the WDB’s future plans.

Board Development Plan

This plan will highlight the efforts of the WDB to recruit and maintain a diverse Board comprised of public and private sector  partners  from Atlantic and Cape May counties coming together to develop policies and evaluate the readiness, at the county level to deliver a workforce prepared for employment in today's evolving economy.

In 2010, the WDB established a Membership Committee to recruit and retain members. This Committee consists of four Board members who are responsible for prospecting, contacting, recruiting, orienting, supporting and providing training. In addition, this Committee organizes the Board’s annual re-organization meetings and manages the selection, nomination and appointment processes for both Atlantic and Cape May counties.  The Membership Committee endeavors to recruit members that bring valuable assets, experience and integrity to the Board.

File is in PDF format. Click here to view the Board Development Plan. (PDF)

Economic and Business Development Plan

The Economic and Business Development Committee lent support to the development of this plan. The Committee consists of representatives from private business, community, faith based and government agencies and post secondary education institutions. The Committee met quarterly to provide direction and approve preliminary plans. The WDB Executive Committee has also been frequently updated by the Co-Chairs of the Committee and WDB staff to ensure a smooth transition to the One Stop Business Services Representative and Job Developer for implementation of plan goals.
The Economic and Business Development Committee endorses a systematic approach to the delivery of services for the business community.  It supports implementing service strategies to:

  1. Development of evaluation tools to assess employer needs.
  2. Increase accessibility of information to private sector business through social media.
  3. Partner with the New Jersey Talent Networks to identify workforce needs and develop a skilled workforce to meet those provisions in Advanced Manufacturing, Financial Services, Healthcare Life Sciences, Technology and Entrepreneurship and Transportation, Logistics and Distribution to access industry based organizations.
  4. Institute an evaluation process to garner business satisfaction with services.
File is in PDF format.Click here to view the Economic and Business Development Plan. (PDF)

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Strategic Plan to Serve Individuals with Disabilities

January 1, 2012 – June 30, 2015
The Atlantic Cape May Workforce Development Board (WDB) and its Disabilities Workforce Committee have developed a plan that is compatible with the WDB’s Strategic Plan.  This plan will provide recommendations to integrate the delivery of services and coordination of partners within the Atlantic and Cape May One Stop System (OSCC) to increase the employment and training opportunities for individuals with disabilities. This shall be accomplished in conjunction with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) and the Title I and II Literacy programs, while fostering an environment for provider collaboration and partnerships.  The WDB Strategic Plan states that the vision of the Disabilities Workforce Committee is:

  1. To develop and implement a strategic plan to address issues related to the employment and job training of individuals with disabilities;
  2. Enable individuals with disabilities to have universal access and integrated services within the OSCC;
  3. Increase the number of individuals with disabilities securing and sustaining unsubsidized employment in the workforce;
  4. Upgrade the skills of incumbent workers with disabilities to promote career advancement; and

Ensure that the WDB Board policies and program strategies provide employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.   

File is in PDF format.Click here to view the Strategic Plan to Serve Individuals with Disabilities. (PDF)

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Strategic Adult Literacy Workforce Plan

January 1, 2012 – June 30, 2016
The Atlantic Cape May Workforce Development Board (WDB) and its Adult Literacy Workforce Committee have developed a plan that is compatible with the WDB’s Strategic Plan.  This plan will provide recommendations to integrate the delivery of services and coordination of partners within the Atlantic and Cape May One Stop System (OSCC) to increase the employment and training opportunities for individuals who require literacy remediation. This shall be accomplished in conjunction with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act , Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) and the Title I and II Literacy programs, while fostering an environment for provider collaboration and partnerships.  This plan outlines the Committee’s goals and targets the needs of special populations in specific geographic areas in Atlantic and Cape May counties.

This plan endorses a systematic approach to the delivery of services to the participant. It supports securing the resources necessary to maintain current programming in high demand service areas, such as the Workforce Learning Links (WLL), Learning Labs (LL) and General Education Development (GED) testing to enhance employment and training opportunities for OSCC customers. This plan also addresses New Jersey State Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD) issued performance standards and assessment tools to measure outcomes. This plan delineates primary goals to be accomplished over a four (4) year period and recommends secondary goals for consideration should additional funding or grant opportunities become available.

File is in PDF format.Click here to view the Strategic Adult Literacy Workforce Plan. (PDF)

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WDB Strategic Plan

This plan highlight’s the Board’s accomplishments, establishes new policy and lays the ground work for future planning of emerging and innovative service strategies and initiatives. This plan is compatible with the New Jersey State Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s (NJLWD) plan and meets the requirements established in Section 118 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

The Board has established partnerships with local businesses, community and faith based organizations, educational institutions and government agencies to plan for a seamless system of employment, training and social services for residents in the bi-county region. Furthermore, the Board is tasked with building an extensive network of private and public sector partners to increase business participation in the workforce system, while fostering an environment for provider collaboration and partnerships. 

File is in PDF format.Click here to view the WDB Strategic Plan. (PDF)

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Youth Workforce Plan

This plan endorses a systematic approach to the delivery of services to youth participants. It supports securing resources necessary to maintain current programming to enhance the academic, work readiness, employment and training opportunities for youth customers participating in the American Job Centers (One Stops). This plan also addresses New Jersey State Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD) issued performance standards and required assessment tools to measure outcomes. This plan delineates primary goals to be accomplished over a five (5) year period and recommends secondary goals for consideration should additional funding or grant opportunities become available.

File is in PDF format.Click here to view the Youth Transition Plan (PDF)

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Archived Plans

Literacy Plan (2002-2004)

This plan, dated March 2002 and updated January 2004 is congruent with and complements the WDB's defined objectives for dealing with literacy issues. The plan encourages a collaborative approach toward coordination of services.

File is in PDF format. Click here to view the Literacy Plan (PDF).

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The One Stop Management Plan (2005)

This plan written in 2005, demonstrates the vision for an integrated service delivery system, with universal access to all system services for all individuals and employers who need them through the Atlantic Cape May One Stop System. This Plan will create a roadmap for both expanding and implementing that vision. 

File is in PDF format.Click here to view the One Stop Management Plan. (PDF)

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One Stop Consolidation Plan (2004)

This plan, finalized in May 2004, outlines a plan to integrate systems, coordinate services and manage system-wide programs.   The WDB Five-Year Strategic Plan and the Literacy and Youth Plans updates are addressed in this document. 

File is in PDF format.Click here to view the One Stop Consolidation Plan. (PDF) *

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Youth Plan (2002)

This plan examined the services available to youth and the gaps that existed in 2002 and what efforts were recommended bridging these gaps.

File is in PDF format.Click here to view the Youth Plan (PDF).

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Post Secondary Education Report (2008)

In January 2008, Atlantic Cape May Workforce Development Board (WDB) formed a consortium of WDB Board members, including vocational and career technical schools, the community college and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey to conduct a survey to determine service gaps in vocational and career technical programs in the post secondary education settings. The goal was to review the current course offerings, determine need and make recommendations for future planning. In an effort to perform an accurate gap assessment on the needs at the post secondary education level, some surveying of secondary education (high school) offerings were necessary.

File is in PDF format.Click here to read the survey findings and recommendations. (PDF)

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Youth Outreach Plan (2007)

Updated in 2007, the youth outreach plan outlines a new approach to partnerships and outreach of target populations: specifically youth parents, educational institutions and community based organizations and the business community to improve effectiveness and quality of the services. See Youth Plan written in 2002 for a complete overview of the youth system; exclusive of the outreach component. 

File is in PDF format.Click here to view the Youth Outreach Plan. (PDF)

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Economic Development Plan (2007)

The Economic Development Plan, written in March 2007, is a blueprint for how the Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board and its educational consortium moves forward with initiatives that strengthen their partnership and the workforce development system to better position the consortium, as the mechanism that supports implementation of the Governor's Economic Growth Strategy for New Jersey (Governor's Plan) and improve the provision of local workforce development services.

File is in PDF format. Click here to view the Economic Development Plan. (PDF)
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Business Outreach Plan (March 2011)

The County of Atlantic in partnership with the Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board (WDB), local Business Resource Center (BRC) and the Atlantic County One Stop Career Centers (OSCC) submit this application to fund a pilot business outreach program in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. This team has developed a program that is aligned with the WDB’s Strategic Plan to integrate the delivery of services for the employer community within the Atlantic and Cape May region. This shall be accomplished through the coordination and leveraging of joint resources as funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act , and Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) programs, while fostering an environment for provider collaboration and partnerships. 

The WDB Board has established partnerships with local businesses, community organizations, educational institutions and government agencies to provide a seamless system of employment, training and social services to residents and individualized services for employers. The Board’s mission is to ensure the coordinated and efficient delivery of the region’s workforce readiness resources through membership which provides leadership, direction, and accountability for the service area. As such, the Board oversees four (4) industry specific committees: Hospitality and Tourism, Technology, Healthcare, Retail and Technology. These Committees are comprised of both public and private sector partners and meet on a bi-monthly to quarterly basis. These committees have acted as focus groups to garner real time data regarding the training and employment needs of the business community. At the same time, the results have set a course for development and implementation of academic and certification programs within the local area’s post secondary education institutions. This communication vehicle has worked well in the past and the team anticipates a continuation of this collaboration.

File is in PDF format.CLICK HERE to review the Business Outreach Plan (March 2011). (PDF)

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Five Year Strategic Plan Update

This plan, dated March 2000, highlights the efforts of the WDB Board and the One Stop Operator to serve the diverse communities residing in Atlantic and Cape May counties. Contained within the next seven sections of this plan is an examination of past performance and our map for the future.

File is in PDF format.Click here to view the Five Year Strategic Plan Update. (PDF)

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