“Michigan Employers Hiring at Michigan Works!”
DATE OF ISSUE: June 16, 2008
To: All Potential Service Deliverers:
The Ottawa County Michigan Works! Agency is seeking an individual(s) or
organization(s) to provide weekly General Education Development (GED)
Instruction/Preparation in the Northern Ottawa County area starting August 1, 2008 and
continuing through June 30, 2009.
Proposers will be notified by letter of the acceptance or rejection of their proposal within
ten (10) working days of the final funding recommendation(s). Successful proposers will
be notified of the time and place to initiate contract negotiations. Copies of the proposals
not accepted for funding will be destroyed; originals will be retained for procurement
Where proposers determine all or parts of the proposals contain proprietary or trade
secret information which should be maintained as confidential information, requests
should be provided in writing at the time the proposal is submitted, identifying which
information should not be available as public information.
Five (5) copies (one original) of the proposal must be received in the Ottawa County
Michigan Works! Agency, 12251 James Street, Holland, Michigan, 49424, no later than
5:00 p.m. (EST) on July 15, 2008, if responders wish to be considered for funding. On-
line or faxed proposals cannot be accepted. Proposal responses received after the deadline
will be included in the prospective program inventory and may be considered for funding
as program needs arise.
Bill Raymond, Director
Ottawa County Michigan Works! Agency
PART I – PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Section 1: Statement of Work: The Subcontractor agrees to undertake, perform, and
complete the services described in the proposal. GED instruction/preparation will be
provided in language arts, math, social studies, science, and writing, to enable successful
completion of a GED test. Instruction will be provided at least two days per week for at
least 10 hours. The lessons should focus on basic skills deficiencies of participants and
will be delivered in both instructor led and computer / self-paced instruction modules.
The Michigan Works! Service Center computer lab is equipped with Key Train software.
Subcontractors are encouraged to integrate this as part of their proposal.
Instruction space for GED instruction/preparation is available at the Michigan Works!
Service Center in Grand Haven; however, if the proposer chooses another location, funds
may not be used for space or facility rental.
Section 2: Period of Performance: August 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009. OCMWA may
elect to exercise its option to extend contracts for an additional one (1) or two (2) years of
operation if performance is satisfactory, sufficient funds are available, and continued
need is indicated. However, in the event that changes in Federal and/or State legislation
or administrative directives should require significant changes in program operation, the
WDB may decide that a new competitive procurement is warranted.
Section 3: Subcontracts: The Subcontractor is prohibited from assigning or
subcontracting any of the work described without the prior written consent of Ottawa
County Michigan Works! Agency. All purchases of services and/or goods with funds
provided by this Contract will be conducted using a competitive procurement process.
Section 4: Background: In July 2002 the U.S. Census Bureau issued a report on the
relationship between education and earnings estimates. The report illustrates the
economic value of an education, that is, the added value of a high school diploma or
college degree. Adults, ages 25 to 64, who worked at any time during the study period
earned an average of $34,700 per year. Average earnings ranged from $18,900 for high
school dropouts to $25,900 for high school graduates, $45,400 for college graduates, and
$99,300 for workers with professional degrees (M.D., J.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M.).
The report found that the commitment to work full-time year-round varied with
demographic factors, such as educational attainment. For instance, high school dropouts
(65 percent) were less likely than people with bachelor’s degrees (77 percent) to work
full-time and year-round. Yet, regardless of work experience, the education advantage
remains. Recently, however, technological changes favoring more skilled (and educated)
workers have tended to increase earnings among working adults with higher educational
attainment, while, simultaneously, the decline of labor unions and a decline in the
minimum wage have contributed to a relative drop in the wages of less educated workers.
In Ottawa County, Census 2000 data indicates that 7,349 (5.2 percent) of the population
25 years and over have an educational attainment level of less than 9th grade, and 11,622
(8.2 percent) of the County’s population have attained between a 9th and 12th grade
educational level but have no diploma.
The need to provide GED instruction/preparation in Ottawa County is vital to the
economic stability of the region. The supply of a well-educated workforce is an
attraction to businesses, which are considering expansion and/or relocation to West
Michigan. It is essential that working age adults have the opportunity to pursue
educational opportunities that provide the foundation for life long learning and GED
attainment is a critical first step. State funding for GED has been reduced dramatically,
affecting the availability of GED instruction/preparation in Northern Ottawa County. The
intent of this RFP is to make instruction/preparation available in Northern Ottawa
Section 5: Proposal: Proposers should submit a written proposal that addresses the
Identify your organization’s intent to provide GED instruction;
Identify the number of hours per week, the preferred days per week and location;
Pre-/post- assessments and your method of tracking attendance, records, and
reports. Monthly progress reports on participant learning gains will be required.
Providers will also be asked to report any employment, acquisition or promotion
which may occur during the period of instruction.
Include the identification of instructor’s credentials, history of providing GED
instruction, and two professional references.
Describe how your education program has integrated and/or coordinated activities
with other adult education, career development, and employment and training
activities. Include a description of your organization’s involvement in
coordinating services through the One-Stop delivery system.
Describe activities, which enhanced curriculum and instruction. Include your
progress in helping students achieve goals through adult learning plans. Describe
changes in instructional practice, materials, technology or program duration.
Describe successful program activities provided for students enrolled in GED at
the three (3) lowest educational functioning levels (EFLs). Also include
successful activities for adult students with learning disabilities, single parents
and displaced homemakers, low-income students, and individuals with multiple
barriers to educational enhancement.
Describe activities or opportunities provided for staff, counselors and
administrators to enhance the skills needed to work effectively in adult education
programs, including all professional development activities.
Provide examples of strategies used to recruit students, promote attendance and
increase retention of students.
Include a detailed line item budget and any supporting documentation necessary.
Budget should include all costs, ie., instruction costs and materials.
Section 6: Reporting Requirements: Monthly programmatic reports and invoices will
be required by the 5th business day of each month. Quarterly narrative reports will be
expected by the 15th of the month following the end of the quarter. (See samples below).
Section 7: Questions: Questions or clarification regarding submission of a proposal
should be directed in writing via e-mail to Erin Kauth, Program Supervisor, Ottawa
County Michigan Works! Agency firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monthly Programmatic Data:
North Ottawa County Timeframe
Number of participants (unduplicated)
Number of Pre Tests completed
Number of Post Tests completed
Total Number of Learning Gains
Number of unemployed students who secure Employment
Number of employed students who advance in Employment
Number of GEDs obtained
Quarterly Narrative Data:
A. Summarize the type of program/activities you implemented.
B. Describe any positive outcomes and/or special client “success” stories,
attributed to the GED program.
C. Attach a copy of any outreach materials used for this program. How were
these materials distributed?
D. Attach a copy of any agency newsletters, or local newspaper articles,
discussing the project.
E. How would you continue and/or expand this program if additional funds were
made available? What other types of projects would you recommend in the