Mar 19, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterThe U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday released a pre-solicitation notice for operation of the Wind River Job Corps Center, which is set to open near Riverton Regional Airport in 2015.
The notice says a request for operator proposals will be available "on or about" April 1.
Next, a pre-proposal conference will take place at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Riverton City Hall Council Chambers, 816 N. Federal Blvd., followed by a tour of the WRJCC construction site at 4200 Airport Road.
The walk-through may be a refresher course for several potential operators that have visited Fremont County in recent months to learn more about the community.
Sandy Barton, executive director of the Fremont County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, said two companies already have come to town, with another scheduled for next week.
"They're trying to visit with all kinds of groups in our county to get a real feel about what our vision is," Barton said. "They've been talking to the mayor, the city administrator, the college, BOCES, the tribes, the casino and different businesses. One presented to Rotary."
Others have asked to meet with representatives at the Riverton Chamber of Commerce or the local Wyoming Department of Workforce Services office, Barton said, and police chief Mike Broadhead has made himself available as well.
"I think they're just testing the waters to see if they do want to apply," Barton said.
Each group she has spoken with has experience operating Job Corps centers throughout the United States.
"That's their business --their companies run Job Corps centers," Barton said. "And that's important. We've worked really hard to get this Job Corps to Wyoming and in our community, so it's really important we have a quality operator" accustomed to smaller communities and working with rural lifestyles, she added.
The company still will be faced with a new challenge at the WRJCC, she pointed out, since Riverton's center will be the first Job Corps with a focus on energy training.
Coursework at the WRJCC also will be available in construction, heavy equipment and diesel mechanics, electrical and facilities maintenance, office administration, medical office and allied health work, and welding.
The chosen contractor will provide academic and career technical training and operate counseling and residential living programs at the WRJCC.
The company also will provide the following support networks at the site: health services, processing of student records, a behavior management system, clothing issuances, and mail and legal services.
In addition, the operator will handle overall center management and administration in personnel, staff training, financial management, procurement and property management, facility operations and maintenance, security and safety services, community relations and public information.
The anticipated contract period of performance covers two years, with three 12-month optional periods after that.
The WRJCC will be able to serve 300 youth, including 260 residential students and 40 non-residential. It will be part of a national training and employment program administered by the DOL to address multiple barriers to employment faced by disadvantaged youth ages 16-24 years throughout the United States.
Questions about the pre-solicitation notice should be submitted in writing to contracting officer Greg Sabater, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, N-4649, Washington, D.C., 20210. He also can be reached at Gregory@dol.gov or at (202) 693-3805.
A secondary point of contact is contracting officer Jillian Matz, who is available at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (202) 693-2836.
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