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

CLASSIFICATION

JTPA/PEPNet

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TDCR

ISSUE DATE

February 29, 1996

RESCISSIONS

 

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE : TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 17-95
 
TO : ALL STATE JTPA LIAISONS
ALL STATE WAGNER-PEYSER ADMINISTERING AGENCIES
ALL STATE WORKER ADJUSTMENT LIAISONS
 
FROM : BARBARA ANN FARMER
Administrator
for Regional Management
 
SUBJECT : Promising and Effective Practices Network (PEPNet)

  1. Purpose. To provide information about an Employment and Training Administration (ETA) initiative to identify and recognize promising and effective youth programs.

  2. Background. Last year, ETA awarded a grant to the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC), an organization with an extensive background in youth programs and issues, to plan, test and develop PEPNet. This network will establish standards, methods of measurements, a nomination process and recognition for youth programs that have demonstrated their effectiveness or potential. Programs with promise or demonstrative effectiveness will be examined as models for replication and vehicles for learning. Furthermore, it is expected that PEPNet will assist in showcasing many of our finest youth programs (or program components) to demonstrate what works and what is possible. The identified programs will not be limited to ETA funded programs, although it is expected that most will be from Job Training Partnership Act (including Job Corps), Bureau of Apprenticeship Training, and School-to-Work.

    ETA is focusing its effort into creating a more comprehensive youth development system that will serve in-school and out-of-school youth and foster the underlying philosophy -- work-based, contextual learning that fuses work with experiential schooling. PEPNet will further these goals by establishing a visible network of successful or promising youth programs that can be a catalyst to expand the number of effective youth programs.

  3. Next Steps. NYEC has convened a broad-based group of experts in youth programs from both the public and private sectors, including researchers, program operators, educators, and business representatives, to develop criteria needed to select promising and effective youth programs. It is anticipated that the criteria will be distributed by the end of March 1996. The nomination process and format will be completed by the end of April 1996. A Training and Employment Information Notice containing further details on the nomination process will be sent to you, requesting nomination of youth programs or program components you believe meet these criteria. The PEPNet workgroup of experts will then select the youth programs from those nominated based on the criteria and evidence of effectiveness.

  4. Information Accessible Electronically. As information on PEPNet becomes available, it will be made accessible electronically via the Training Technology Resource Center (TTRC) on-line information system. TTRC is accessible by calling 1-800-488-0901 voice; via modem by dialing 1-800-767-0806; or
    Internet: WEB URL: HTTP://WWW.TTRC.DOLETA.GOV.

  5. Inquiries. Questions should be addressed to Luisa Bonilla-Spriggs at (202) 219-5229, or Nancy Rose at (202) 219-7669 X136.