Workforce Connections is Southern Nevada’s Local Workforce Development Board responsible for the operation of the One-Stop Delivery System in the Southern Nevada counties of Clark, Nye, Lincoln and Esmeralda, according to its executive director, Jaime Cruz.
Cruz recently presented an overview of his organization to UNLV’s Community Engagement Council. He shared that in keeping with its mission, “Connecting Employers to a Ready Workforce,” Workforce Connections establishes dynamic partnerships with employers and the community to connect job seekers to education, job training, and employment opportunities.
For employers, Workforce Connections’ One-Stop Delivery System is a primary source for help with hiring, training, and retaining a strong workforce. The system helps employers find qualified candidates, build an effective hiring process, explore local training options, and connect to funding resources.
Workforce Connections provides job seekers with the tools and resources needed to advance their careers – whether they are first time job-seekers looking for entry level employment, have been dislocated from their former career and are trying to re-enter the workforce, or are underemployed and wishing to move up the career ladder.
For area youth, Workforce Connections provides quality services to help with career exploration and guidance, continued support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in in-demand industries and occupations, and culminating with a good job along a career pathway or enrollment in post-secondary education.
Workforce Connections’ community partners are community-based organizations that bring their own resources to the system and work with service providers to offer additional wrap-around resources to participants in the program. Community partners provide services such as financial literacy, dress for success, ex-offender job club, workshops, and much more.
To learn more about Workforce Connections, please visit its website, at https://nvworkforceconnections.org/.
Each month, the UNLV Community Engagement Council hosts presentations by nonprofit or government leaders who share information on their organizations and discuss partnership possibilities with council members. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend these presentations. Contact the UNLV Office of Community Engagement at UNLVCommunityEngagement@unlv.edu to learn more.