Published : Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 4:57 AM
The Pasadena City Council is expected to approve Monday a proposed contract between the City, acting as agent for the Foothill Workforce Development Board, and the South Bay Workforce Investment Board (WIB) to provide individual account services in an amount not exceeding $1 million for vocational classroom training.
The contract covers the period from November 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018.
Under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), most vocational classroom training must be provided through vouchers known as Individual Training Accounts (ITAs).
In accordance with the state policy, the scope of services under the proposed contract with South Bay WIB include the processing of ITA payments to training providers to which Foothill WDB makes referrals; maintaining a system for determining training provider eligibility; developing a contract with each training provider; evaluating and monitoring the quality of ITA training provider services annually; providing Foothill WDB with electronic access to the approved lists and performance data for each listed provider; and developing, administering, and maintaining a system for investigating complaints made by Foothill WDB participants against the listed training providers.
According to the Housing and Career Services Department, South Bay Workforce Investment Board has provided all of these services for the Foothill WDB for the past 15 years.
“Although other organizations could perform the ITA payment processing function, the South Bay WIB is the only organization that could perform the other required functions of this contract,” said the Housing and Career Services Department in its recommendation to the City Council.
“South Bay WIB has already conducted procurement of and contracting with ITA providers through its Intra-State Training and Information Resource Network (I-TRAIN).”
According to the Housing and Career Services Department, I-Train is an internet-based database that contains information on approximately 200 Southern California private and public training providers.
Under the proposed contract with South Bay WIB, the contract amount would not exceed $1 million. Approximately 97 percent of the amount would be allocated to the training vendors in the form of tuition reimbursements, the Housing and Career Service Department said.
The remaining three percent of the contract funds would be retained by South Bay WIB to pay for staff and other operational expenses.
According to the Housing and Career Services Department, the Foothill WDB met on September 29, 2017 and recommended approval of the contract.