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Awardee:

Polk County Workforce Development Board, Inc.

205 East Main St., Suite 107

Bartow, Florida 33830-4613

 

Contact: Nancy Thompson, Executive Director

Phone: (863) 519-0100 x27

Proposed Award Amount: $293,628

Community Served: Polk County, beginning with a demonstration project at the Lakeland One Stop.

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities

Summary Paragraph: To address the human factor in serving those with disabilities, Polk Countys priority for this project is creating the position of a Disability Program Navigator for the Lakeland One Stop. This person will oversee training of the One Stop staff, address physical barriers at the One Stops, and create a countywide disability coalition, institute an aggressive outreach program, and coordinate with the Division of Rehabilitation Services and the Business Leadership Network, among other tasks. Polk County also anticipates that the disabled will increasingly access Individual Training Accounts and the Ticket to Work program. Polk County is one of 24 boards implementing WIA through the One Stop Career Center system for the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation.

Partnerships: ACS State and Local Solutions, contract managers for One Stop Career system throughout Polk County; Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services; Center for Independent Living, West Central Florida Office; Abilities of Florida; University of South Florida.