August 11, 1998

 

Honorable Frank J. Ochoa, Presiding Judge

Santa Barbara County Superior Court

1100 Anacapa Street

P. O. Box 21107

Santa Barbara, California 93121-1107

 

Board of Supervisorsí Response to Findings and Recommendations in the 1997-98 Grand Jury Interim Final Report on Vocational Training in Santa Barbara County

 

Dear: Judge Ochoa:

 

The following is in response to the 1997-98 Grand Jury Report entitled "Vocational Training in Santa Barbara County". Our sincere thanks to the Grand Jury for its interest and report on this matter. Collaboration and partnering with educational and vocational institutions as well as with the private sector provides avenues and opportunities for us to meet community needs; and this Board hold this value in high regard. This Board is committed to the importance of an adequately trained workforce and ensuring that training opportunities are available to its residents.

 

FINDING 4: The One Stop Center concept provides a focal point for county citizens to gather information about available jobs, their aptitude for the work, and the location where they can acquire the necessary training.

 

Response: We partially agree with this finding. Clients of the One Stop Center will include individuals seeking employment as well as employers seeking qualified job applicants. It is expected that services accessible through the One Stop will include a variety of support services as well.

 

RECOMMENDATION 4: Board of Supervisors should establish measurable benchmarks and monitor implementation of the recommendations of the One Stop Center system Working Group, especially the shared computer system.

 

Response: The recommendation has been partially implemented; however, it will require further analysis. At its regular meeting, February 3, 1998, the Board of Supervisors approved recommendations regarding a comprehensive and integrated program of workforce and one stop center system development. Measurable indicators were reviewed as part of the discussion: limited duplication of services, easy and universal access, lower cost of service per client served with ability to use extra funds for additional services, a seamless organization with shared governance, and number of job placements/retention, clients provided necessary services to gain job placement, electronic integration, clients being serviced expeditiously. The Partner Agencies, also known as the Working Group, consists of Santa Barbara County Departments of Social Services, Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health, and Job Training Network; State of California Departments of Employment Development, and Vocational Rehabilitation; Community Colleges Santa Barbara and Alan Hancock, Santa Barbara County Education Office and the Private Industry Council (PIC).

 

The Working Group identified nine (9) distinct areas of service delivery that will have to be addressed to operate a quality program of workforce development for both the potential employee and the Santa Barbara County businesses that will serve as the employing customers of the program. Among those areas technology was the single unifying component that is essential to full integration of services and accountability. Immediate attention was given to securing an outside technological expert to begin assessing the various needs of the partners. The Job Training Network, through a grant, was charged to lead this task to fruition..

 

Once centers have been secured an appropriate conclusion to the technological review can be completed. The efforts are still in an infant stage of development and outcomes will not be known until February 1999. The Board of Supervisors has demonstrated and continues to support the One Stop Center concept and strongly agree that the unifying factor is the technological link between the partners.

 

We wish to take this opportunity to thank the 1997-98 Grand Jury for its support, interest and concerns for the issues addressed in the Interim Final Report on Vocational Training in Santa Barbara County.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

GAIL MARSHALL

Chair, Board of Supervisors

 

GM/mlg

 

Attachments

 

cc: Tim Putz, Foreman, 1997-98 Grand Jury

Gary Monson, Foreman, 1998-99 Grand Jury