TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Providence Service Corporation (Nasdaq: PRSC) today announced that Detroit, Michigan based Ross Innovative Employment Solutions, part of Providence's wholly owned workforce development subsidiary, Providence Community Services, Inc., was awarded an annual $7 to 8 million contract by the Detroit Workforce Development Department, a Michigan Works! Agency, for the oversight and operation of several One Stop Service Centers in the city.
Under the contract, Ross will operate four One-Stop Service Centers and a mobile unit for the city of Detroit. The centers are designed to meet the needs of both the business community and job seekers. Ross will provide job seekers, including dislocated workers from industries such as automotive, education, government and manufacturing, with soft skills employability workshops, referrals to vocational and professional training, career guidance and job placement. Each center provides the opportunity for laid off workers to file their unemployment claim and place their resume on the talent bank. Other customers are expected to include the underemployed, displaced homemaker, returning citizens, veterans, persons with disabilities, older youth, and older workers.
For the local business community, Ross will provide access to a full range of local workforce development services including labor market information, advertisement support, application prescreening, assessments, job matching and placements, as well as on-the-job training and incumbent worker training.
"We are pleased that we were able to secure this award, in what was a very competitive environment," commented Fletcher McCusker, Chairman and CEO. "Our success was a credit to the excellent team at Ross as well as their track record of running successful workforce development programs in the state. In Detroit, which is dealing with record unemployment levels in the range of 28%, programs like One-Stop offer a very valuable service and are integral in helping the unemployed become economically self-sufficient."
The annual $7 to 8 million contract is subject to final review and execution. The expected start date is December 1, 2009. The contract, which was awarded through a competitive bid process, is funded by the Department of Labor and Michigan's Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth. The Workforce Investment Act (WIA), a $74 million program in Michigan, is administered by the state's 25 Michigan Works! Agencies.
The Providence Service Corporation, through its owned and managed entities, provides home and community based social services and non-emergency transportation services management to government sponsored clients under programs such as welfare, juvenile justice, Medicaid and corrections. Providence does not own or operate beds, treatment facilities, hospitals or group homes, preferring to provide services in the client's own home or other community setting. The Company provides a range of services through its direct and managed entities to over 78,000 clients through 925 active contracts at June 30, 2009, with an estimated 6.7 million individuals eligible to receive the Company's non-emergency transportation services. Combined, the Company has a nearly $1 billion book of business including managed entities.
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