Friday, May 26, 2017

New Pikes Peak Workforce Center director announced

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 2:19 PM

click to enlarge Lisa Rice begins work in June. - COURTESY EL PASO COUNTY
  • Courtesy El Paso County
  • Lisa Rice begins work in June.
Former County Commissioner Dennis Hisey will be stepping aside to allow a woman from Florida to take over as executive director of the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. Hisey has filed to seek the Republican nomination in state Senate District 2.

Hisey, who left office in January under term limits, had filled in until a new director was named to replace Charlie Whelan who retired.

The appointment of Lisa Rice was made by El Paso County Administrator Henry Yankowski. She starts work June 5 at an annual salary of $100,500, which isn't as much as Hisey was being paid. His salary of $9,426 a month equates to $113,112.

From a news release:
Rice is a Colorado Springs native who previously served 15 years as President of CareerSource Brevard, which provides all federally mandated workforce programs in Brevard County, Florida. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida.

“Now, maybe more than ever before, the strength of our local economy depends on how well our workforce matches up with the needs of private employers looking to relocate or expand their operations in El Paso County,” said County Administrator Henry Yankowski. “Lisa Rice has both the credentials and the hands-on experience to make sure that our Workforce Center continues to be highly effective in ensuring that employers can hire the skilled workers they need to grow and prosper.”

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center serves employers and job seekers in El Paso and Teller Counties. It is funded through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). During the last program year, the PPWFC served more than 43,000 clients including 10,000 veterans and more than 1,000 young adults. The PPWFC team hosted 260 custom hiring events for employers and eight regional job fairs for job seekers. PPWFC has satellite offices throughout the region with its main office on the first floor of the El Paso County Citizens Service Center at 1575 Garden of the Gods Road in Colorado Springs. For more information logon to: www.ppwfc.org

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