One-Stop Operator for the Alabama Career Center System
The Alabama Department of Commerce Workforce Development Division (WDD) and Central AlabamaWorks Local Workforce Development Area Board are soliciting proposals through a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an entity to be the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) one-stop operator for the Alabama Career Center System and the provider of WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker, & Youth Career Services the thirteen counties of the Central Alabama Works! Local Area. Those counties are Autauga, Bullock, Chambers, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Perry, Russell and Tallapoosa. The chief role of the One-Stop Operator is to coordinate the service delivery of required WIOA one-stop partner agencies and service providers within the Career Centers. The WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker, & Youth Career Service Provider’s responsibilities include the provision of all required WIOA services for Career Center customers.
Occupational Youth Services Programs
The Alabama Department of Commerce Workforce Development Division (WDD) and Central AlabamaWorks Local Workforce Development Area Board are soliciting proposals through a Request for Proposals (RFP) for occupational youth services programs to serve out-of-school youth ages 16 – 24 (with barriers to employment as identified by WIOA) and in-school youth ages 16 – 21 in Pre-Apprentice or Registered Apprenticeship programs located within the thirteen counties of the Central Alabama Works! Local Area. Those counties are Autauga, Bullock, Chambers, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Perry, Russell and Tallapoosa. Youth programs will focus on educational attainment, work-based training opportunities and training linked to careers aligned with the skills needs of industries in this area. Proposals should connect academic and occupational skills training for the following in-demand industry sectors: healthcare, manufacturing, distribution, automotive and information technology that lead to industry recognized credentials. Proposals should target the industry sectors represented in their local service/target area and be documented in the proposal.
The Alabama Department of Commerce Workforce Development Division encourages the participation of respondents who are certified as small businesses, minority-owned firms and women’s business enterprises. The Alabama Department of Commerce Workforce Development Division is committed to equal opportunity in its contracting process.
Proposal submissions must be delivered on or before March 5, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. CDT to the Alabama Department of Commerce Workforce Development Division Suite 380, 401 Adams Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36130. Questions concerning the content of the RFP may be submitted via email to Phee Friend at Phee.Friend@commerce.alabama.gov by February 15, 2018. Responses to these questions will be posted on the Central AlabamaWorks! website.
Questions & Answers
Q: If I create one of the RFP forms in a different format (such as Excel), will it be accepted?
Proposers may create facsimiles of the forms to submit with their proposal if the form includes the required information.
Q: Should the RFP forms be typed or can the forms be printed and completed by hand?
Either is acceptable; however handwritten forms must be legible.
Q: Are State Agencies required to submit the list on page 16 under the heading “Copy must be submitted prior to a Grant Award”?
Financial documents are not requested from a state agency. Information would be needed prior to the grant award on the Personnel and Conflict of Interest Policies for Youth Program staff and a written Grievance Procedure for youth.
Q: Can the youth grant include funds to cover tuition for non-credit training courses that lead to certifications for licenses?
Proposals can focus on training for an occupation in the targeted industry sectors including tuition for non-credit training courses that that lead to certifications and licenses. This can be included as one of the elements of the youth program design. The training courses should be on the WIOA Eligible Training Provider List or eligible for inclusion.