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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 4

For the week ending January 24, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)


Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


Faith-Based and Community Organizations Outreach Coordinator Guides

The Department's Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives has secured a new supply of the Faith-Based and Community Organization Coordinator Guides. The Guide includes two customizable PowerPoint presentations for either a short presentation or a longer briefing about the One-Stop delivery system. The Guide also includes presenter's notes to match the PowerPoint presentations. These Guides can be useful for Workforce Board principals and One-Stop staff who are delivering presentations on the One-Stop system for various faith-based and community organizations.
Contact: 202-693-6450

Department of Education’s Tech-Prep Demonstration Project

The Tech-Prep Demonstration Project (TPDP) is authorized by section 207 of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 (Perkins III). TPDP provides grants to consortia to carry out tech-prep education projects that involve the location of a secondary school on the site of a community college, a business as a member of the consortium, and the voluntary participation of secondary school students.
Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/pdf/03-1791.pdf


Proposals for Excellence in Government 2003

Government Executive magazine and the Council for Excellence in Government (EIG) are currently seeking proposals for conference breakout sessions at Excellence in Government 2003. This year's event will be held June 30-July 2 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

Excellence in Government is the only cross-cutting management conference created by federal managers for federal managers. In previous years, EIG has featured such distinguished speakers as White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, Senator George Voinovich (R-OH), Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, and the Honorable Paul Volcker, Chairman of the National Commission on Public Service. The conference is hosted by a network of 18 organizations dedicated to high-performance Government.

In addition to Keynote and Super Sessions, the conference is organized in 5 tracks: Workforce Innovation, Securing America, Leap Ahead Government, Kick Start Your Career, and Best Management Practices. If you have any ideas for a presentation in one of these track areas, please submit it to the EIG program committee at:

Contact: http://www.govexec.com/excelgov/callForPresentation.htm or the conference website at http://www.excelgov.com

Veterans Affairs, HUD, and HHS Announces $35 Million Initiative to Combat Homelessness
Congress established the Interagency Council on the Homeless in 1987 with the passage of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act. The major activities of the Council include: (1) planning and coordinating the Federal government's actions and programs to assist homeless people, and making or recommending policy changes to improve such assistance; (2) monitoring and evaluating assistance to homeless persons provided by all levels of government and the private sector; (3) ensuring that technical assistance is provided to help community and other organizations effectively assist homeless persons; and (4) disseminating information on Federal resources available to assist the homeless population. The Department of Labor is a Council member.

In the January 27 FEDERAL REGISTER Notice, three of the Council members -- the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Veterans Affairs --- announced a $35 million initiative to help address chronic homelessness.

One of the major goals of this initiative is:

"To increase the use of mainstream resources (e.g. Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Food Stamps, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grants, Mental Health Block Grants, Social Services Block Grants, State Children's Health Insurance Program, etc.) that pays for services and treatment for this population. Existing mainstream resources are available, but underused in serving chronically homeless persons and homeless families with a disabled adult member."

Additional background, eligible applicants, application preparation requirements, and review criteria may be found in the FEDERAL REGISTER announcement. The deadline for applications is April 14.
Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/pdf/03-1801.pdf

What Works in Workforce Development
The Association of Joint Labor/Management Education Programs recently completed its 16-month study for ETA on "What Works in Workforce Development, ” which examines the impact of joint education programs on employers, workers and unions. This research project was undertaken by the Association of Joint Labor/Management Education Programs with the Conference Board of Canada and ASTD the American Society for Training and Development.

The study found that workforce development programs that are jointly developed and managed by employers and unions are successful by they way they are designed. By drawing from a core group of design elements program developers are able to design workplace education programs, whose structure and processes allow large numbers of workers to gain skills that yield a personal benefit for them in the workplace. These skill gains translate into major performance gains for their employers which, in turn, increase profitability. The study also examined investment strategies, design elements, educational delivery systems, learning and workplace outcomes and the resulting economic, organizational and individual benefits.

The research conducted by the Conference Board consisted of detailed in-depth interviews with joint programs in health care, information technology/telecommunications and hospitality. ASTD’s research consisted of a comprehensive survey of twenty-one joint programs representing cross-sections of industries and the public sector. Both organizations supplemented their research with a review of the research and literature in the field of workforce development pertaining to joint programs.

Contact: http://www.workplacelearning.org for a summary or The Conference Board’s full report, “Success by Design: What Works in Workforce Development” is available at http://www.conferenceboard.ca/education/reports

The Enterprise Foundation Conference
The Enterprise Foundation is holding its 4th annual Ready, Work, Grow national workforce conference at the Marriott Baltimore Waterfront hotel in Baltimore, Maryland from March 19 - 21. Join over 750 workforce professionals from across the nation as to help people overcome barriers and build careers. Contact: Conference Hotline at 410-772-2760