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

CLASSIFICATION

UI

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TEUT

ISSUE DATE

November 17, 1997

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

November 30, 1998

DIRECTIVE

:

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM LETTER NO. 04-98

 

TO

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ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AGENCIES

 

FROM

:

GRACE A. KILBANE
Director
Unemployment Insurance Service

 

SUBJECT

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The 1997 Joint Employment and Training Technology Conference (JETTCON '97)

 

  1. Purpose. To announce the JETTCON scheduled for December 16-18, 1997, at the Sheraton Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

  2. Reference. Training and Employment Information Notice (TEIN) No. 10-97 dated August 25, 1997.

  3. Background. The publicly-funded workforce development system faces dramatic changes, challenges, and opportunities as it incorporates the power of the information age into delivery of its services.

    The introduction of new technology is forcing organizations to create new business models and to change organizational forms, processes and roles. New competencies are now required by administrators, managers and front-line staff. New and powerful electronic tools such as America's Job Bank (AJB), America's Talent Bank (ATB), America's Training Network (ATN), and O*NET; the integration of UI into the Workforce Development System; Worker Profiling and Re-employment Services opportunities; telephone and remote UI claims filing; Year 2000 solutions; the internet/intranet; learning technologies; and assistive technologies are profoundly changing how workforce development services are delivered.

    ETA is committed to working with States, localities, business, labor, and community organizations to reshape the public workforce development system into a world-class service delivery system. ETA views technology as an indispensable component of this system. JETTCON '97, sponsored by ETA and the Council on Excellence in Government in partnership with a number of national organizations, provides the opportunity for the workforce development community to learn how to harness the power of the information age to build a new and better workforce for America.

  4. Conference Objectives. JETTCON '97 provides an excellent learning opportunity for those engaged in workforce development activities. Specifically, JETTCON '97 provides ETA's State and local partners the opportunity to:

    In addition, the commercial marketplace, and technology vendors in particular, will have the chance to gain a better understanding of and access to the emerging public workforce development marketplace.

  5. Conference Overview.

  6. Attendance. This conference is designed for leaders, policy makers, and practitioners involved in workforce development who are engaged in: planning for or implementing One-Stop Career Centers and local learning laboratories; developing labor market information delivery systems; and conducting system-building activities, welfare-to-work activities, Job Corps, JTPA, SESA, and other activities designed to enable universal access to workforce development services through the use of assistive technologies.

    SESA Administrators, as are other members of the SESA staff that could benefit from these workshops, are encouraged to attend this important conference . JETTCON '97 is planning to accommodate about 2500 participants. To obtain conference brochures please send the request to JETTCON '97 Registration, 2751 Prosperity Ave, Suite 100, Fairfax, Virginia, 22031 or contact Beth Lacquement on 703-645-9302 or FAX 703-876-2637.

  7. Housing Information. Hotel space is being held until November 24, 1997. A limited number of hotel rooms are available at the government rate. Please contact the hotel directly for reservations. Be sure to mention JETTCON '97 to secure the government rate.

  8. Action Required. SESA Administrators are requested to provide the above information to appropriate staff.

  9. Inquiries. Direct questions to the appropriate Regional Office.