Washington, DC City Council: Keep the Workforce Development Programs in the Communities They Serve
It is imperative that the current Workforce Development and Department of Employment Services (DOES) classes remain in the current sites, in the communities. Why is this so important? To decrease unemployment in Wards where unemployment i significantly higher and increase employability skills
It is imperative that the current Workforce Development Program classes remain in the current sites, in the communities. Why is this so important? First, the majority of the DC residents utilizing these programs are in Wards 8,7,5, where the current sites are located. The programs increase employability; since the program have been in effect job employability has increased from 45% to 65% and those working have increased their income earning. While unemployment has slowly gone down, in Wards 8,7,5, those numbers still remain significantly higher. When surveyed, 80% have indicated that they would not go to the Van Ness Campus to attend classes,; reasons varying from the increased cost of transporation and the additional time it would take to get to and from the Van Ness Campus . Lastly these programs are mainly grant based, therefore, do not pose a drain on the Washington DC budget. Infact the failure of these programs, may significanly impact the ability to get future grant monies. WE IMPLORE YOU TO PLEASE LEAVE OUR PROGRAMS IN THE COMMUNITIES THAT THEY SERVE.