U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

America's Career Kit

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

OTIS

ISSUE DATE

March 30, 2001

RESCISSIONS

 

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE : TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 14-00
 
TO : ALL STATE WORKFORCE LIAISONS
ALL STATE WORKER ADJUSTMENT LIAISONS
ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AGENCIES
ALL ONE-STOP CAREER CENTER SYSTEM LEADS
 
FROM :   Wendy L. McConnell for
LENITA JACOBS-SIMMONS
Deputy Assistant Secretary
 
SUBJECT : Training Effort on America's Career Kit

 

  1. Purpose. To provide information on the plans for a national training effort on America's Career Kit (ACK) to be conducted on a State-by-State basis for One-Stop center staff beginning in April 2001.

  2. Background. America's Career Kit is a suite of Internet resources designed to provide job seekers and employers with access to job, resume, labor market and training information. The Career Kit includes the following Internet sites:

    These ACK sites are operated by the State of New York (AJB) and the State of Minnesota (ALX, ACINet, and ASL) with ETA funding on behalf of a Federal-State partnership. For more information on these sites, see the ACK fact sheet in the US WORKFORCE web site (http://usworkforce.org/factsheets/).

  3. ACK Training. The purpose of this training is to increase the awareness and use of America's Career Kit. The training activity includes three components: a) updating the ACK training curriculum, b) conducting training for One-Stop staff, and c) providing these training materials to partner organizations, such as professional and trade groups, for use with their members. Each of these components is described below.

    1. Updating ACK training curriculum - The existing ACK curriculum has been revised and updated by The Center for Employment Security Education and Research (CESER). CESER, an affiliate of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, has previously developed and delivered training on the ACK tools. The new curriculum covers the content and organization of the updated ACK sites as of December 29, 2000. It includes exercises, presentation slides, screen captures of the web sites, and instructor notes. The training will also include a module on O*NET which replaces the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT). O*NET is used in ACK. The training curriculum will also include content not available in previous ACK training, including information on America's Service Locator, Tools of the Trade, and the America's Workforce Network (AWN) Toll-Free Help Line.

    2. raining for One-Stop staff - A national ACK training program for One-Stop staff will be conducted beginning in April using the new ACK curriculum. One or more workshops will be scheduled in every State in 2001. The State workshops will be scheduled in coordination with State WIA and training staff. Since it is important to demonstrate the utility of ACK with State systems, States will be given the option of adding content describing their State-specific job, labor market and career systems during the training. The workshops will be 1 days in length and will employ a train-the-trainer model with participation from comprehensive One-Stop Centers. Participants will be expected to conduct follow-up training for local staff using the training materials provided.

      The training will be conducted by Network Consortium of Fairfax, Virginia using a team of trainers with extensive One-Stop experience. A master training calendar and training updates will be posted on the Tools of the Trade web site www.alx.org/tott/calendar.asp. For more information on the plans for the training program, trainers, and State and local staff roles, see the attached project summary. Inquiries about the training should be addressed to acktraining@alx.org.

    3. Assisting partner organizations - The third component of the ACK training will focus on assisting trade and professional groups, such as human resource groups, to use the Career Kit products. Plans will be developed later this year to assist partners in using the new ACK curriculum and develop customized training applications for their members.

    The tools of America's Career Kit are widely used by the service delivery organizations and their customers within America's Workforce Network (AWN). AWN is the comprehensive, nationwide system of employment and training assistance developed in partnership with Federal, State and Local governments.

  4. Action Required. Please share this TEIN with staff interested in the Career Kit, O*NET, and the AWN Toll-Free Help Line.

  5. Inquiries. Questions concerning this TEIN should be directed to Harvey Ollis, Office of Technology and Information Services at hollis@doleta.gov or by telephone at 202-693-3699.

  6. Attachments. 

    1. America's Career Kit Training Summary

    2. America's Career Kit Training Team

    3. America's Career Kit State Workshop Participants and Agenda