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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 18

For the week ending May 9, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)




Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 30-02, Change 3

Subject:   Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) Act of 2002 - Additional TEUC for Displaced Airline and Related Workers

Purpose:   To respond to questions concerning implementation of the TEUC extension for displaced airline and related workers.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.asp?DOCN=1485

Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 30-02, Change 2

Subject:   Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) Act of 2002 - Additional TEUC for Displaced Airline and Related Workers

Purpose:   To provide State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) instructions for implementing the changes to the TEUC program related to displaced airline and related workers.


Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


“Maypower with Manpower”

On May 2nd, “Maypower with Manpower” officially kicked off with the first area meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Approximately 160 area meetings will take place nationwide in May with Local One-Stop managers and Workforce Investment Boards Directors, along with Manpower’s area Managers and Branch Managers. The meetings are focusing on four major partnership areas: 1) Manpower as an Employer, 2) Manpower as an HR Service Resource, 3) Manpower’s Joint Workforce Development Projects, and 4) Manpower as an Additional Labor Market Information Source. Early results from the first two weeks of meetings are very positive from Manpower and the public workforce system.

The partnership is focused on learning about how both organizations can work together, as well as learn from each other, as workforce professionals who share the common goal of putting people to work.

Contact: www.nbpjobs.org or Jennifer Troke (202-693-3688; troke.jennifer@dol.gov)


Apprenticeship Program For Front-Line Family Life Practitioners

The Office of Apprenticeship Training and Employer and Labor Services met with representatives from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and the Coalition for Professional Certification, to discuss the development of an apprenticeship program for certification for front-line Family Life Practitioners. NCFR has approximately 4,100 members who are family researchers, educators and practitioners. NCFR is looking at apprenticeship to certify non-degreed practitioners and develop a career ladder for these individuals.

Contact: Jim Penny (Penny.Jim@dol.gov; 202-693-3815)

Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship

The Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship will hold a public meeting in Washington, D.C. on May 21.
Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/pdf/03-10968.pdf

National Emergency Grant

ETA has announced a National Emergency Grant (NEG) for the state of Minnesota totaling up to $760,000. The grant will be operated by the Minnesota Teamsters Service Bureau to aid over 190 Minnesota workers who have been dislocated.
George Shephard (202-693-3572; shephard.george@dol.gov)

LMI Meeting

Representatives from the Employment Services Office attended the Labor Market Information Training Institute’s Board of Directors’ Meeting held April 23 – 25, 2003 in San Diego, CA. The Institute approved the creation of a new curriculum track focused on “Workforce Information Basics for Workforce Information Consumers (and Workforce Professionals)”. Samples of the new curriculum and materials on how the Institute can assist all information users in meeting training needs will be distributed at the 2003 Workforce Innovations Conference. This action is one of several planned by the Institute in response to the ETA goal of transforming the traditional LMI system into a demand driven workforce information system.
Contact: Michelyn Burke-Lee (202-693-2782; Burke-Lee.Michelyn@dol.gov )

Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers

On April 14-17, OWI/ES staff facilitated training for 38 Monitor Advocates in Miami, FL. This training was held in conjunction with MAFO’s National Farmworker Conference. An overview of the how the WIA reauthorization will integrate and improve service delivery to MSFWs and other LEP customers was presented. Foreign Labor Certification staff also spoke, as did the Employment Standards Administration program leaders. Contact: Eric Lang (202-693-2916; lang.erik@dol.gov)

Career InfoNet

Career InfoNet began tracking usage in October 1998. As of April 24, 2003, the site had logged over 117 million page views and 16 million visits. This calendar year will also prove to be another banner year! If usage continues at the current rate, in 2003, Career InfoNet will serve nearly 5.4 million visitors, an increase of over 930,000 visitors from the previous year. Contact: Barbara Derwart (202-693-3620; derwart.barbara@dol.gov)

Grant to the National Retail Federation Foundation To Fund Development of Retail Industry Career Path

ETA has awarded a $2.8 million grant to the National Retail Federation Foundation (NRFF) to help employers develop career paths for employees in the retail industry. The grant runs through February 2005. Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/whatsnew/GRANT%20-%20NRFF%20RETAIL%20TRAINING%20FINAL.cfm

H-1B Technical Skills Grant Training Program Update

The H-1B Technical Skills Grant Training Program focuses on addressing the high skill technology shortages of American businesses. H-1B Skill grants are used for developing and operating high skill training programs for unemployed and employed workers. These grants are financed by fees paid by employers who bring skilled foreign workers into the U.S. under H-1B nonimmigrant visas. Technical skills training grants were authorized under the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA), as amended and are viewed as a long-term solution to domestic skill shortages in high skill and high technology occupations. Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/h-1b/