The Valparaiso-based Center of Workforce Innovations has been awarded a new three-year contract to be regional operator of the state's WorkOne program and will continue to report to the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board.
The center is a Valparaiso-based nonprofit organization and oversees the administration of unemployment benefits and other work force services in Northwest Indiana.
The contract began July 1. The region includes Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, Starke and Pulaski counties.
The Center of Workforce Innovations received its first contract in 2008.
The center has 11 people on staff and contracts with other groups to deliver WorkOne services in addition to the staff provided by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, said Linda Woloshansky, president of the Center of Workforce Innovations.
Woloshansky said the group she leads is in the process of incorporating new strategies to provide more services to job-seekers and employers than in the past.
In a 12-month period ending June 30, Woloshansky said about 68,000 people used WorkOne services in the region.
Judy Stanton, chair of the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board, said the Center of Workforce Innovations was one of two firms to bid on being the regional WorkOne operator. But Stanton said the center was the most qualified firm among the two and has done an outstanding job in its role.