Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 51

May 3, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Policy

The next policy meeting is scheduled for March 5, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. EST
Maria Kniesler Flynn (202-693-3045; mflynn@doleta.gov).

 

Technical Assistance and Training

Workforce Innovation 2002 Conference
Early Bird Registration is now available for the Workforce Innovation 2002 Conference. Learn about the successful partnerships and cutting-edge tools helping to train America's Workforce for the 21st Century. Hear from businesses on how to help meet their needs for a skilled workforce. Discover a role in support of the coming reauthorizations of WIA and TANF. All this and more will shape your experience at the Platinum Event for the Workforce Investment System.
Contact: http://www.wi2002.org/regform.pdf for a conference brochure Registration: http://ww2.expocard.com/shows/jet021/index.cfm

National Indian and Native American Employment and Training Conference
The 23rd National Indian and Native American Employment and Training Conference will be held in Rapid City, South Dakota. Workshops will include Financial Management Under the WIA One-Stop System, WIA Reauthorization, Successful Business Incubation, Technology-Based Transition Skills, WIA Reporting and Performance Measurement Systems.

Upcoming ETA Meetings

 

Partners

Work Incentive Grants & Disability Employment Grants

The Office of Adult Services will hold a conference from May 29 through 31 for 46 new and current Work Incentive Grant (WIG) recipients and 12 new Disability Employment Grants (DEG) recipients. In addition to discussions on administrative requirements, panels will include representation from the Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education (Office of Special Education) the Department of Health and Human Services, DOL's Office of Disability Employment Policy, the National Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Workforce Boards.

OVAE to Hold Public Meetings on Reauthorization

Assistant Secretary Carol D'Amico announced this week OVAE will hold two meetings in June to hear public comments on reauthorization of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA):

Additional meetings are planned for the summer 2002 in California and North Carolina at times, dates, and locations, to be announced. For details on how to present comments, submit written comments, receive additional information on hotels, or request accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact Gerri Anderson on the web at: ganderson@dbconsultinggroup.com

National Youth Summit will be held June 26th-28th, 2002 in Washington, DC

The National Youth Summit involves the Departments of Agriculture, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Labor, Justice and Transportation, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the National Guard. Each agency has youth-related programs that use the "positive youth development" approach, which is the focus of this Summit. Federal Regional Offices will participate by web cast and via satellite, and many will host their own regionally-designed breakout sessions. An estimated 1500 conference attendees will include: youth; youth services workers; national, state, and community leaders; individuals from research and educational organizations; federal, state and local government staff who focus on youth; and representatives from faith-based, community and national organizations. Complimentary travel and accommodations will be provided in Washington, D.C. for invited youth from out of town attending on "scholarships," as well as for chaperones responsible for groups of at least 10 youth. For an application to be invited to participate, go to http://www.youthdevsummit.com

Miscellaneous

Record Volume For The Toll-Free Help Line

The April call volume for the Toll-Free Line established a new monthly record of 21,435 calls. The previous high was 19,308 (January 2002).

Classification of Instructional Programs

2000 Edition (CIP) is a taxonomic coding scheme that contains titles and descriptions of primarily postsecondary instructional programs. Published by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), it was developed to facilitate collection and reporting of postsecondary degree completions by major field of study using standard classifications that capture the majority of reportable program activity. The CIP is the accepted federal government statistical standard on instructional program classifications, and the 2000 edition has been adopted as the standard field of study taxonomy by Statistics Canada. To download, view and print the report as a pdf file, please visit: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2002165

Pell Grants Report

Persistence and Attainment of Beginning Students with Pell Grants describes Pell Grant recipients who began postsecondary education in 1995-96 and compares their postsecondary outcomes 3 years later with low-and middle-income students who did not receive a Pell Grant. In examining outcomes, high school academic preparation and factors that place students at risk of not finishing postsecondary education were taken into consideration. Despite the finding that Pell Grant recipients were less prepared academically and had more risk factors, the analysis could not detect a difference in the rate of persistence between Pell Grant recipients and their non-recipient counterparts, either among those enrolled in all 4-year institutions or all less-than-4-year institutions. To download, view, and print the report as a pdf file, visit the web at: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2002169

America's Career Resource Network Career Videos Available

ETA and the New Jersey Department of Labor, Center for Occupational Employment Information, released occupational specific video files with added enhancements, including Spanish language versions, of career videos created by the California Career Resource Network (CalCRN). The videos focus on workplace environments, types of co-workers, skills needed, requirements and certifications necessary in particular occupations. Go to the National Crosswalk Service Center's website at http://www.xwalkcenter.org ("Internet" section and "FTP Server") to download the videos. For an example of how one state has incorporated these resources into their website, go to http://www.californiacareers.info. Each state's ACRN Director, Labor Market Information Director and One-Stop Service Locator Program liaison has received a set of the career video CDs.

National Emergency Grants (NEG) Awarded

The State of Wisconsin - $300,000 to provide assistance for up to 300 workers dislocated from multiple companies.

The State of South Dakota - $250,000 to provide assistance to 240 workers laid off from Gateway in North Sioux City.

The State of Colorado - up to $7.5 million that will provide assistance to approximately 3,205 workers dislocated from the following industries as a result of the events that occurred on September 11, 2001: finance, telecommunications, technology, airlines, aviation and tourism industries.

The State of Iowa - awarded a NEG for $231,000 to initiate assistance for 120 workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the announced closure of the International Paper plant in Clinton, Iowa. Also, the state received a grant for $228,233 to serve 91 of 210 workers who were laid off from the Rockwell Collins Company as a result of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the general economic downturn.

The State of North Carolina - awarded a NEG for $1.2 million to provide transition assistance for 1,162 of the approximately 17,000 workers who have been laid off from 92 separate employers in the textile, furniture and product manufacturing industries in the Western Piedmont Council of Governments' region. Contact: George Shepard (202-693-3572; gshepard@doleta.gov)

Incentive Grants

The FEDERAL REGISTER Notice on Incentive Grants was published on May 2.
Contact: Christine Kulick (202-693-3937; ckulick@doleta.gov )

Performance Team

Regularly scheduled conference calls with regional office staff assigned to performance activities have been instituted and will begin this week.
Contact: Christine Kulick (202-693-3937; mailto:ckulick@doleta.gov )