WorkSource DeKalb (WSD) focuses on demand-driven workforce solutions by providing data and resources for businesses seeking a skilled workforce. WSD also provides workforce solutions for dislocated workers, the unemployed, low-income adults and youth.
The overall purpose of WSD is to provide a collaboration of service organizations providing unified education, training and employment programs for job seekers, and workforce development services to businesses. WSD is a comprehensive one -- stop center with a host of partnering agencies.
WSD’s mission through strategic planning and preparation is to bridge the gap between Education, Employment and Economic Development, known as our E3 business strategy. This recognized concept of strategic alignment is to impress upon both businesses and job seekers the cyclical nature of economic development as it relates to workforce development. WSD approaches every program design with efforts to enhance and improve the E3 initiative by aligning partnerships. The partnerships begin with working closely with the Development Authority of DeKalb County, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, One-Stop Partners, community based organizations, employers and citizens. These efforts necessitate effective communication of projections, forecasting and promoting lifelong learning for high demand occupations, recruitment and occupational trends. The key components are to understand business acumen and the employers’ bottom line (Return on Investment). Success is to work with customers every step of the way, and when DeKalb’s residents are gainfully employed, DeKalb’s economy thrives.
How We Do It
Every project need is implemented as an “E3 Business Strategy” with identifying each of the three “E’s and strategically aligning outcomes. The first “E,” which is Education, is addressed by some of the following initiatives:
- Identifying existing transferable and marketable skills of jobseekers and training programs.
- Providing post-secondary training or re-training services for upgrading skills through programs such as customized training or on-the-job training (OJT).
- Working with educational institutions for curriculum design that is employer/project driven.
- Implementing tailored employer training that is job or task specific.
- Providing pre-employment tutorial assistance.
Once the Educational aspect of E3 has been satisfied, job seekers are worked with aggressively to fulfill "Employment" or workforce needs of the business customer. Because of the thoroughness of WSD’s process and procedures, companies most frequently discover the added-value in the process and the relationship.
Finally, a study is performed on the Economic Development impact of the project and/or industry as it relates to the supply and demand of current and future talent needs, as well as what can be done to stimulate the economy as it relates to this project/employer’s need. WSD researches the project to determine the right talent and training. A career analysis is done to ensure aspects of what an employee will need to display or have to perform successfully.
WSD satisfies its E3 efforts by providing strategic direction; oversight of a workforce development system and resources to upgrade the skills of workers, job seekers and youth. In order to help prepare them for future academic, occupational and career success.