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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 35
June 16, 2004


State Labor Commissioner Linda Angello today announced that the New York City Workforce Investment Board has received state-level certification for its One-Stop System from the New York State Department of Labor, on behalf of the New York State Workforce Investment Board.  The certification process is designed to evaluate staff and partner services at One-Stop Career Centers, known in New York City as Workforce1 Career Centers, to ensure businesses and job seekers are receiving the highest quality workforce development services.  Certification also gives the Board access to an assortment of marketing materials and ensures that businesses located in the New York City Workforce Investment Area have the opportunity to apply for training funds administered by the New York State Department of Labor.

"The New York City Workforce Investment Board has been instrumental as we continue to expand the presence of One-Stop Career Centers across the city," said Commissioner Angello.  "Achieving state-level certification is a tremendous achievement on behalf of the businesses and workers in New York City.  I am confident that this certification will solidify New York City's standing as a force in workforce development and training programs for years to come."

The implementation of the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 represented the first major reform of the nation's job training system in more than 15 years.  WIA streamlines the large number of employment and training programs New York State offers and encourages further economic expansion by maximizing New York's competitiveness through a more highly skilled workforce.  Local boards have been established across the state to ensure the needs of the local labor market are met.  Certification is a standard of excellence for workforce investment boards and One-Stop systems statewide.

Robert W. Walsh, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services said, "This is a great day for New York City and it confirms the Bloomberg administration's commitment to deliver first-rate services to New York City's jobseekers and businesses at our Workforce1 Career Centers.  With certification we will be better able to serve New York City's business community by making grants available to them in addition to the array of services we already provide."

Stuart Saft, Chairman of the New York City Workforce Investment Board said, "The receipt of certification from the State demonstrates the tremendous strides that have been made in New York City and represents the efforts of many individuals and groups working together to improve the workforce development system in New York City," said Stuart Saft, Chairman of the New York City Workforce Investment Board. "This provides the WIB and the Department of Small Business Services with a platform from which to significantly increase the services available to New Yorkers as well as providing increased access to the One-Stop system for both businesses and individuals."

Richard Calo, Chair of the New York State Workforce Investment Board and Vice President of Workforce Relations at IBM said, "State-level certification ensures that a local One-Stop system of the highest quality is serving the needs of businesses and their workers.  I am pleased that New York City is in that category.  New York State's businesses continue to adapt to changes in the global economy and the New York State Workforce Investment Board will strive to make sure our workers have the tools to meet the needs of their employers."

For more information regarding the certification process, call 1-800-HIRE-992.  Information can also be found on the Labor Department's website at www.labor.state.ny.us