Businesses and workers can look forward to a new integrated solutions model experience when they visit the Gainesville and Starke career centers. That’s because Dynamic Workforce Solutions (DWFS), a national workforce development organization, is now the workforce services provider for the Gainesville career center at 4800 SW 13th Street and the Starke career center at 819 Walnut Street.
“CareerSource North Central Florida prides itself on consistently providing exceptional customer service at its career centers,” said Don Davis, 2015-2016 Chair of CareerSource North Central Florida. “Dynamic Workforce Solutions rose to the top during the selection process for its commitment to collaborating with workforce boards, innovating the best practices for matching workers with businesses, and leading when it comes to cultivating a memorable customer experience. We’re pleased to welcome DWFS to our community as the career center services operator.”
DWFS was selected by the CareerSource North Central Florida board of directors, comprised of business and community leaders appointed by county commissioners in Alachua and Bradford counties, through a competitive bid process.
The team was highlighted for its experience operating similar programs in other states; its adaptability and responsiveness to workforce board needs and its experience working with other CareerSource Florida network workforce boards, CareerSource Brevard and CareerSource Capital Region, as a career center operator.
The Waukesha, WI-based operator took over the two career centers, which between July 2014 and June 2015 provided services to roughly 2000 business and 25,000 worker customers in the Alachua-Bradford region, this past July. It’s spending the first 90 days implementing an integrated solutions model that will look at a worker or business customer’s goals first, then align the CSNCFL resources to achieve their goals.
“The integrated solutions model allows us to welcome a customer into the CareerSource North Central Florida community, identify exactly which occupation and industry our workers want to grow in, and create a plan to leverage every resource available to get a position filled for a business,” said Paul Dunn, CEO of Dynamic Workforce Solutions. “The system allows us to efficiently combine the complete suite of resources the workforce board has at hand to more efficiently match our workers with the right businesses.”
“During the bid process, Dynamic Workforce Solutions was the clear leader,” said Thomas McIntosh, Immediate Past Chair for CareerSource NCFL. “DWFS brings our region experience from some of the nation’s leading workforce systems and understands our mission to make sure everybody works as we focus on growing business and jobs through a skilled workforce.”
Services are continuing without interruption at the Gainesville and Starke career centers.
DWFS took over for Focused Management Solutions (FMS), the administrative entity for the local workforce region. FMS agreed to take over the job centers temporarily until a long-term partner could be found after the Institute for Workforce Innovation withdrew from its role as the Gainesville and Starke career centers operator to pursue a new initiative.