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Sources now sought for operations at Wind River Job Corps Center

Feb 3, 2014 - From staff reports

The facility is under construction near Riverton Regional Airport.

The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking sources interested in operating the Wind River Job Corps Center once the facility is constructed in Riverton.

The $41.3 million center is set to be completed by 2015, with opening day scheduled for April 9 of that year.

The notice, posted Wednesday at fbo.gov, is identified as a request for information - not for specific proposals.

"(We are) conducting market research," the notice states. "No solicitation document exists at this time."

The government is merely asking for information from companies interested in running the WRJCC, which will serve 260 residential and 40 non-residential students once it opens. Job Corps is a national training and employment program administered by the USDOL to address barriers to employment faced by at-risk youth ages 16-24.

"(The program) provides educational and career technical skills training and support services," the

The operator's job would involve the operation and management of an education, training and employment program at the facility in Riverton. Contractors will be expected to provide all materials, services and personnel necessary to operate the center, which includes six buildings on 124 acres of land near Riverton Regional Airport.

More specifically, the contractor will be responsible to provide academic, career technical, social and employment readiness skills as well as counseling, health services, safety, recreation and work-based learning for WRJCC clients.

The selected company will operate and maintain the facility and handle center oversight as well as financial and program management.

Residential management, supervision, meals and support services will be necessary, as will job placement assistance and transitional support services.

Professional development staff will require training, and center operations should be integrated with the local workforce development system as well as employers in the business community.

Interested contractors must be able to establishing and providing food services and medical, dental and mental health care; manage and ensure data integrity; protect personally identifiable information; facilitate a start-up operation of a new facility with multiple buildings; establish and provide residential management, residential supervision and meals; establish a program that is integrated with the local workforce development systems, employers and business community; operate a job training program that reflects the local labor market conditions; manage finances; and provide corporate oversight and support.

The sources-sought notice is for planning purposes only and does not commit the government to pay for the information requested, issue a solicitation, or award a contract.

Responses are due Feb. 12 to sabater.gregory@dol.gov. No questions in connection with the notice will be accepted.

For more information visit fbo.gov.

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