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

CLASSIFICATION

JTPA

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TDCR

ISSUE DATE

March 26, 1996

RESCISSIONS

 

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE : TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 20-95
 
TO : ALL STATE JTPA LIAISONS
ALL STATE WAGNER-PEYSER ADMINISTERING AGENCIES
ALL STATE WORKER ADJUSTMENT LIAISONS
ALL ONE-STOP CAREER CENTER SYSTEM LEADS
 
FROM : BARBARA ANN FARMER
Administrator
for Regional Management
 
SUBJECT : Distribution of Multimedia Assessment/Individual Service Strategy (ISS) Training Module

  1. Purpose. To announce the production and distribution of the Assessment/ISS Technical Assistance Guide (TAG) in multimedia, Compact Disc (CD-ROM) format. This training module is designed for use by employment and training practitioners, especially front-line staff, at their work stations.

  2. References. Training and Employment Information Notices (TEINs) Nos. 2-93, 25-93, 49-93 and 15-94.

  3. Background. The CD-ROM version of the Assessment/ISS TAG is one in a series of upcoming multimedia training modules designed to enhance wide-spread knowledge of the contents of the TAGs developed in 1993 and 1994 to help employment and training program administrators and practitioners achieve full implementation of the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) Amendments of 1992. However, with the current emphasis on one-stop career systems, and the rapid changes local program operators will face in light of proposed new legislation, future training modules will focus on programs and initiatives beyond JTPA. The first module covered the JTPA Title II Eligibility Documentation TAG which was distributed in the summer of 1995. Follow-up data indicated that users of the Eligibility Documentation CD were pleased with this training medium. Other training modules will include: Case Management; Targeting, Outreach and Recruitment; and two others to be determined. As training modules are completed, they will be announced and later distributed via TEINs to the system.

    The training modules are being developed through a cooperative agreement with the State of Missouri; the Missouri Training Institute (MTI); and the Utah Office of Economic Development for Job Training, along with various staff experts from the Federal, State, and Service Delivery and Substate Areas. The multimedia modules will allow training to be standardized and available at individual workstations at every level of the employment and training system. Earlier this year, the CD-ROM was demonstrated and well received by employment and training staff in the system. The CD-ROM will be showcased at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Conference in San Antonio, TX in May, and at the Joint Employment and Training Technology Conference (JETT*CON) in Washington, D.C. in July.

  4. Training Module Format. The training module will be developed in two versions:

    1. Multimedia, interactive CD-ROM: Working from a CD-ROM drive, the user will have the capability to interact with the training package from beginning to end. The CD is equipped with audio sounds and videos that are directly related to the contents of the TAG. Using the mouse or via the keyboard, users will be able to advance through the training module and receive immediate feedback from built-in exercises (learning objectives) at their own pace. It is estimated that the CD-ROM version can be completed in 2.5 - 3.0 uninterrupted hours. Should such a block of time be unavailable, its design is such that a user can learn in shorter segments.

    2. Text-Based Training Module: Some States and SDAs may not have the capability or workstations to install the CD-ROM version of the training module. To ensure that all staff have the opportunity to receive this training, a text-based version of the Assessment/ISS TAG is being developed as well. The text-based version does not require use of a CD-ROM drive. Staff will still have the ability to receive self-paced training at their workstation.

  5. System Requirements. As with the distribution of the first interactive computer-based training module in compact disc format, certain minimum requirements are needed to run the training module properly. Below are specifications for minimum and optimum requirements to install and run the Assessment/ISS training module.

    1. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

      Hardware: Configuration is an IBM or compatible 386 processor, 12 megabytes of memory, SoundBlaster compatible sound card, a high resolution color monitor (XVGA or SVGA) capable of displaying thousands of colors, and a double speed CD-ROM drive.

      Software:

      * Movie drivers (Video for Windows drivers will be included on the Assessment CD)

      * Necessary fonts (will be included on the Assessment CD)

      * Microsoft Windows 3.1

      * SoundBlaster compatible sound card driver.

    2. OPTIMUM:

      Hardware: IBM PS/2 or compatible Intel-based microcomputer capable of running Microsoft Windows 3.1. Preferable configuration is a 486-DX (at least 66MHz) or Pentium processor, 16 megabytes of memory, SoundBlaster compatible sound card, a high resolution color monitor (XVGA or SVGA) capable of displaying thousands of colors and a quadruple speed CD-ROM drive.

    Software: Same as the minimum requirements.

  6. Distribution. Copies of the CD-ROM version of the Assessment/ISS training module are being provided under separate cover to all State Liaisons for distribution to:

    Copies will also be sent to ETA Regional Offices, Public Interest Groups and Community-Based Organizations. Members of the Professional Development and Training Panel will also receive one copy each. The text-based version of the TAG will be completed in the near future, and a TEIN will be sent prior to system-wide distribution.

  7. Technical Assistance. Instructions for installing and running the Assessment/ISS training module are included in each CD-ROM mailer. However, with new technology there are often associated problems. Requests for technical assistance and additional CDs should be referred to the Missouri Training Institute at 573-882-2860.

  8. Inquiries. Questions on this TEIN may be directed to Ric Larisch or Dolores Hall-Beran on (202) 219-5229. Questions regarding the CD-ROM training modules should be directed to John Sweeney, Denver Regional Office, on (303) 391-5752.