Community Workforce Partnership (CWP) – In 2000, LEDA helped form the CWP. The purpose of CWP is to carry out a cooperative program that meets the training, education and information needs of local and regional businesses, industries and the local and regional labor market. In 2004, the CWP received the Workforce Best Practices Award from the Texas Economic Development Council. Some of the advances that LEDA and the CWP have helped foster are listed below:
- South Plains Center for Productivity and Innovation (SPCPI) – Thanks to the Wagner-Peyser 7(b) grant, local businesses and their employees can benefit from specialized education and training programs offered at the newly opened South Plains Center for Productivity and Innovation. SPCPI is an initiative of the CWP, a 501(c)(3), made up of a group of local organizations dedicated to meeting the workforce needs of local businesses and industries. The new facility, located at 1622 Mac Davis Lane, will provide training and education in a variety of specialized areas, including Operations and Service Measurements, Continuous Improvement, Service Business Flow and Simulations, Sales Team Strategy and Structure and more.
- Nursing Grant Program – Many members of CWP played a role in obtaining the nursing grant, which was awarded to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. This grant has been renewed over the years and provides vital funding for instruction, professors and clinical work. The additional funding has helped increase the number of nursing graduates for this region.
- South Plains Economic Development Task Force (SPEDTF) – In 2002, the SPEDTF began looking for ways to leverage the many resources of the Lubbock Independent School District (L.I.S.D.) to be available to all students of the South Plains region. The efforts of the CWP helped form the Career and Technology Consortium of West Texas. This organization was responsible for starting the Automotive Technician Pilot Project to help facilitate curriculum at the secondary level as well as build a feeder program for post-secondary education for auto technicians. This pilot project became the model program for building other industry-led certifications, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and in this case, a doctorial program at Texas Tech University for Mechanical Engineering. Other career pathway programs which used this pilot program as a blueprint are listed below:
- West Texas Manufacturing Association
- Industrial Manufacturing
- Allied Heath Programs
- Cotton Gin Technicians
- Wind Turbine Technicians
- Computer Programming Project
- Skills Development Fund Grants – The CWP assisted South Plains College, The Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center and Workforce Solutions in writing grants, which provided funding to train and enhance the skills of incumbent and new employees for local businesses.
- Job Fairs – Through a relationship with the CWP and Workforce Solutions of the South Plains, LEDA continues to help engage the community by promoting a variety of job fairs that are held throughout the year.
- Workforce Solutions of the South Plains – The CWP works closely with this organization to explore grant opportunities for local businesses. Workforce Solutions also hosts a variety of job fairs, assists companies with employee recruitment and job training programs.
- Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center – The CWP functions as an advisory board member with a focus of increasing student participation in career and technical courses.
- South Plains College Workforce Development Division – The CWP assisted with building customized training programs with local businesses for every industry.
- Texas Tech University Career Center – Through its partnership with CWP, many programs have been developed to connect graduates with local businesses in order to maximize employment opportunities.
SB1620 – LEDA and its partners began testifying before legislative committees in an effort to raise awareness of business’ needs being met through our educational process. During the 82nd Legislative Session, LEDA and its partners were instrumental in crafting legislation, SB1620, to address issues regarding building seamless career pathway programs using national industry standards. The bill passed unanimously by the House and Senate. This enables LEDA to build education programs for growing businesses with the skill sets that are required for this particular industry. This structure has been a model for many other communities and today, almost every EDC has incorporated a workforce development arm.
Higher Education Committee – This is a partnership with area colleges and universities as well as Workforce Solutions to discuss higher education initiatives.
Regional Advanced Technology Center – Currently in the planning stages, this center would increase access to technology, learning, resources and services to increase the efficiency of school and district operations and to enhance communications and sharing among the business and education community.