Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 69

For the week ending September 27, 2002

(For Internal Use Only)


Technical Assistance and Training

WIA Learning Exchanges for Youth Systems

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) and DOL are planning “WIA Learning Exchanges for Youth Systems” across the country. These are two-and-a-half-day regional meetings designed to highlight promising practices at exemplary WIA sites, foster peer-to-peer information sharing, and develop team-driven action plans in three areas: 1) Recruiting and retaining out- of-school youth; 2) Building and sustaining partnerships, especially with the education community; and 3) Defining and aligning assessments, skill achievement and credentials. Local areas should apply as a team consisting of the director of the LWIB, a Youth Council member, and LWIB staff assigned to youth programs (other team compositions may be considered). The WIA Learning Exchange for Youth Services for DOL Region 1 local areas is scheduled December 4 - 6 in New Haven, Connecticut. The Application deadline is October 25.
Contact: Tracy Schmidt at American Youth Policy Forum at 202-775-9731.

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


As part of the U.S.- Mexico Partnership for Progress, ETA and ILAB have been working with Mexico on a series of workforce development projects culminating in a technical review visit to Mexico City in June. The review included a technical evaluation and review of Chambanet, Mexico's Internet Job Bank; developing a one-stop capability for their employment service offices; and modernizing the occupational classification system. The final report was transmitted to Mexico on September 23 in English with a Spanish version to follow shortly. Contact: Gail Porter (202-693-3420;


DOL/NASWA Customer Service Awards Presented

Assistant Secretary Emily DeRocco presented awards for outstanding customer service projects to eight (8) states and local areas at the NASWA Annual Conference held in Kansas City, MO, September 23-25, 2002. Awards were presented in five categories. Projects between $5,000 and $25,000 were received to enhance the project and to share the best practice with other areas. Recipients for 2002 are Arizona, Alaska, Washington, Montana, Oregon, California, Rhode Island, and Nebraska. Booklets of the award winners and non-selected nominees were distributed at the meeting and sent to the regional offices for distribution to the states.
Contact: Stephanie Cabell (202-693-3171;

Department Announces Grant Awards to Promote Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations

Women entering nontraditional occupations will benefit from $1,000,000 in grants from the U. S. Department of Labor. The grants will go to organizations that will help employers and unions establish apprenticeship programs, recruit women and help overcome barriers to women in nontraditional jobs.

The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grantees are: