Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin
Volume 2, Number 19
For the week ending May 9, 2003
(For Internal Use Only)
Training and Employment Guidance Letter Number 20-01, Change 1
Subject: Application Process for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Section 503 Incentive Grants, Program Year 2001 Performance
Purpose: This guidance letter updates the procedures states should follow to apply for WIA Section 503 Incentive Grants.
Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events
Tech-Prep Demonstration Grant Program
The Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education has announced the availability of
Tech-Prep Demonstration Program (TPDP) grants for FY 2003.
Applications Available: May 12, 2003
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 26, 2003
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 25, 2003
Estimated Available Funds: $9,968,000
Estimated Range of Awards: $600,000 to $700,000 for the 60-month project period
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $650,000
Estimated Number of Awards: 14
USDA’s Rural Entrepreneurial Program Outreach Initiative; Grant Funding Available for Land Grant Universities
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development mission area and the 1890 Land-Grant colleges and
universities are working together on a new approach to support the development of businesses that create quality jobs.
This partnership will help the 1890 institutions provide businesses with the assistance needed to organize and operate
efficiently and profitably.
The USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) announced the availability of approximately $1.5 million in competitive cooperative agreement funds allocated from fiscal year (FY) 2003 budget. RBS requests proposals from the 1890 Land Grant Universities and Tuskegee University (1890 Institutions) interested in applying for competitively awarded cooperative agreements for support of RBS' mission goals and objectives of outreach to small rural communities and to develop programs that will develop future entrepreneurs and businesses in rural America in those communities that have the most economic need.
National Emergency Grants (NEG) Minnesota - Approved for up to $760,000, with $456,000 provided initially to serve 190 workers dislocated
from Consolidated Freightways, Inc. Tennessee - Approved for up to $3,849,633, with $1 million provided initially to enable approximately
399 participants in the Ft. Campbell Military Project to complete training, as well as to provide assistance
for approximately 250 military spouses and civilian defense personnel. System Building NEGs - The State of Utah has been approved for a grant of $114,454 in National Emergency
Grant funds to cover the costs of developing a nationwide Interstate Connection Network (ICON), in support of
the implementation of the health coverage tax credit program.
Minnesota - Approved for up to $760,000, with $456,000 provided initially to serve 190 workers dislocated from Consolidated Freightways, Inc.
Tennessee - Approved for up to $3,849,633, with $1 million provided initially to enable approximately 399 participants in the Ft. Campbell Military Project to complete training, as well as to provide assistance for approximately 250 military spouses and civilian defense personnel.
System Building NEGs - The State of Utah has been approved for a grant of $114,454 in National Emergency Grant funds to cover the costs of developing a nationwide Interstate Connection Network (ICON), in support of the implementation of the health coverage tax credit program.
O*NET® Ability Profiler ™ Available
Samples of various components of the O*NET Ability Profiler ™, a paper–and pencil instrument to assess an individual’s
relative strengths in nine ability areas for the purposes of career exploration, career planning, and career counseling,
are available for download from the O*NET center site: www.onetcenter.org. An initial supply of O*NET Ability Profiler
materials is being distributed to sites designated by each state. The O*NET Ability Profiler is available for purchase
from the Government Printing Office.
Contact: Pam Frugoli (202-693-3643; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sherril Hurd (202-693-3637; email@example.com)
Youth Career Skills Challenge
The Youth Career Skills Challenge is scheduled for July 30-August 1 in Washington, D.C. This event will allow youth 16 years
and older from the 36 Youth Opportunity grant sites around the nation to test their academic and employment skills
against one another for national recognition. Other events will highlight the youth development activities that
occur at their sites, such as Community Service Learning Projects, Occupational Skills Training, Art and Photography
and Video and CD Production. The youth will also attend workshops about high-growth industries, participate
in an on-going career and college fair, tour a local college campus, visit some local historical attractions,
and visit with their Congressperson or Senator.
Contact: Anne Stom (202-693-3377; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Four $65,000 Grants Offered in Career Advancement Strategy Competition
Jobs for the Future is conducting the Career Advancement Strategy Competition as part of Workforce Innovation Networks’
(WINs) collaboration of Jobs for the Future, the Center for Workforce Preparation of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
and the Center for Workforce Success of the National Association of Manufacturers. WINs addresses the needs of business
and communities by working with organizations across the country that are on the cutting edge of workforce development.
This national competition will identify and support exemplary programs that advance lower-skilled individuals into
better paying jobs while meeting the needs of employers for a highly skilled workforce. Each of four winning
organizations will receive a first-year grant of $65,000 and membership in the JFF Career Advancement Portfolio.
Programs that make significant progress toward targeted outcomes will receive a second-year award at the same level
of funding. The pre-application is due May 26, 2003; final applications are due June 6, 2003.
Contact: Monique Sheen (617-728-4446; email@example.com) or http://app.jff.org