Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 63

For the week ending July 26, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Policy

Guidance on Modifications to State's Strategic Five Year Plans for WIA Title I and Wagner-Peyser Act

ETA has issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 4-02: "Modifications to State's Strategic Five-Year Plans for Title I of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the Wagner-Peyser Act, Including Unified State Plans." The purpose of the guidance is to encourage use of the modification process to add additional partners to the One-Stop System and move toward unified planning. Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.asp?DOCN=1411

Technical Assistance and Training

TEN 1-02: Youth Council Toolkit Released

In Training and Employment Notice 1-02 (July 23, 2002), ETA announced the on-line availability of the Youth Council Toolkit. To examine key issues identified in the WIA Readiness Report, four groups of local, state, and federal subject-area experts were convened. They identified four challenging areas for emerging youth councils: 1) planning, including retaining and sustaining members; 2) training for youth council members and staff; 3) implementation of a comprehensive service delivery system; and 4) community outreach. The workgroups developed the Youth Council Toolkit in six modules; it offers a series of user-friendly and generic technical assistance resources to allow local areas the flexibility to re-design them to meet their specific needs.
Contact:
(Tool Kit) http://www.doleta.gov/youth_services/toolkit_2002.asp; (TEN 1-02)
http://www.doleta.gov/youth_services/pdf/ten1-02.pdf

Youth Opportunity Grant Peer-to-Peer Workshops

YO! In the Recording Studio, Sept. 23-26, 2002, Memphis, TN
Case Management/ISS, October 8-11, 2002, Seattle, WA
Case Management/ISS, October 15-18, 2002, Brockton/Boston, MA
YOG sites are encouraged to send two staff to one of the Case Management workshops.
Registration Web site: http://www.doleta.gov/youth_services/peertopeer_register.asp
Contact: Anne Stom (202-693-3377; astom@doleta.gov).

Labor Market Information Director's Conference

The New York Regional Office co-sponsored with the Philadelphia Regional Office a two day technical assistance event, entitled: " Labor Market Information Director's Conference." The Philadelphia Regional Administrator, the Directors of the Office of Workforce Security for both the New York and Philadelphia Regional Offices, and the Regional Commissioner for the Bureau of Labor Statistics provided welcoming remarks. Highlights of the conference included a Customer Panel Presentation during which five WIB/One-Stop participants engaged in dialogue relating to customer uses of LMI, labor market demographics, and methods of improving Workforce- LMI collaborations; and a Roundtable Discussion including regional and national LMI representatives who discussed marketing approaches, customer satisfaction, and other challenges confronting State LMI units. The ETA National Office ALMIS Coordinator provided information about Planning Guidance and future directions of the LMI effort. The conference also included a presentation of computerized labor market applications for use by One-Stop operators that focus on identifying demand occupations and career paths.
Contact: Walter Harris (212-337-2159; wharris@doleta.gov).

Youth Resource Connection

The July 26 Edition of Youth Resource Connection includes items on Reentry grant awards of $100 Million, Youth mapping, Youth Employment Summit 2002 and Youth Opportunity Grant Peer- to-Peer Workshops.
Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/youth_services/pdf/YRCJuly26_2002.pdf

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events

Partners

America's Career Resource Network

The America's Career Resource Network (ACRN) is made up of state entities that work to improve career decision-making of students and their parents by relating educational decisions and experience to occupational exploration, career choice, and vocational preparation. As an important component of state and local efforts to reform schools and improve student achievement, ACRN helps students become more engaged in their academic coursework through informing them of the knowledge and skills needed for their desired career path. The strength of the ACRN lies in the wide array of career development resources and training made available for teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents.

The Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) provides grants to the state entities designated as eligible by the Governor and State Vocational Education authority of each State, provides technical assistance to those entities, disseminates information promoting high quality practices, and develops and disseminates products and services that support and facilitate State Career Resource Network activities.

See the July 31 FEDERAL REGISTER for more details:
Contact: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-19352-filed

Miscellaneous

National Emergency Grants

Arizona: Awarded up to $2,291,674, with $764,000 released initially, to create 125 temporary jobs to assist in the clean-up and restoration efforts as a result of recent devastating wildfires.

Ohio: Awarded $5,479,443 to provide employment transition-related assistance to approximately 1,871 workers throughout the state certified eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance or North American Free Trade Act Transitional Adjustment Assistance.

Contact: George Shepard (202-693-352; gshepard@doleta.gov)