Polk County Workforce
Development Board, Inc.
205 East Main St., Suite 107
Bartow, Florida 33830-4613
Contact: Nancy Thompson, Executive
Phone: (863) 519-0100 x27
Proposed Award Amount:
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.