The High Country Workforce Development Board (HCWDB) is procuring the delivery of services for WIOA Career Center Operator, Adult/Dislocated Workers/Business Services, and Youth Services for the High Country region.

Completed proposals are due Monday, August 31, 2015 by 12:00 noon.

***Note*** This Request for Proposal (RFP) is a revision of an RFP that was released and then suspended in May 2015. Key revisions include the following:

  • Requirement of multi-county or regional proposals;
  • Updated RFP schedule;
  • Updated budget amounts based on PY2015 federal allocations, projected carryover amounts and an eight-month contract length;
  • Clarified roles of center operators and center managers;
  • Added Incumbent Worker Training Grant activities to Business Services scope of work;
  • Clarified that PY15 federal performance goals remain unchanged from PY2014;
  • Included anticipated local goals as defined by NCWorks Commission;
  • Minor revision of questions;
  • Inserted Certification of Drug Free Workplace form;
  • Updated Career Center Analysis; and
  • Updated evaluation document.

This RFP seeks proposals from experienced organizations interested in providing Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) services to include center operations, and services to adults, dislocated workers, businesses, and youth within the seven-county region (Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey) served by the High Country Workforce Development Board (HCWDB). The provision of these services is to be funded by WIOA, Title I, Public Law 113-128, which began July 1, 2015 and is authorized as workforce law at the federal level through September 2020.

The successful bidder(s) will be selected based on demonstrated abilities, past performance, a sound proposal, collaboration and partnerships, and cost effective service delivery. The HCWDB expects bidders to propose to provide all of the following services:

1. NCWorks Career Center Operator
2. Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Business Services
3. Youth Services

The HCWDB strongly encourages proposals that serve multiple counties or propose regional service delivery. Single county proposals will not be considered. Proposals must demonstrate the organization’s ability to administer a consistent regional strategy including coordination with key partners that support regional efforts and goals.


PY2015 Request for Proposals

Schedule of Events*

July 20, 2015 | RFP Release Date

August 31, 2015 | by 12:00 noon | Proposal Deadline

September, 2015 | Formal Review of Proposals

October 8, 2015 | HCWDB Notice of Selection

October, 2015 | Contract Negotiations

November 1, 2015 | Anticipated Contract Start Date

 *subject to change