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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 23

For the week ending June 13, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)




Training and Employment Guidance Letter Number 26-02

Subject:  Publication of Revised Guidance Regarding the Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient (LEP) Persons

Purpose:  To announce the issuance of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Revised Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding the Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient Persons

Contact:  http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.asp?DOCN=1488

Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events

  Contact:  www.workforceinnovations.org



Apprenticeship Information Exchange Workgroup

On June 11th, the Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer, and Labor Services (ATELs) convened a meeting with the Performance and Results Office and State Apprenticeship Councils partners in Baltimore, Maryland to discuss developing and refining the Registered Apprenticeship Information System and improving the system’s interaction and linkages with reporting for the Workforce Investment Act.
 Contact: Don Palmer (202-693-3793; palmer.don@dol.gov)

Grant For National IT Apprenticeship Program

The Department of Labor has awarded a $2.8 million grant to the Computing Technology Industry Association, better known as CompTia, to continue building a National Information Technology Apprenticeship System. The system will provide consistent credentialing for IT career development.
Contact: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA2003322.htm

America's Career InfoNet Web site

The America's Career InfoNet Web site (www.acinet.org) released version 5.5 on June 16, 2003. The latest enhancements to the Web site include two new tools: 1) A Skills Profiler – a tool built on O*NET and the related Detailed Work Activities to assist workers to identify the skills they have and compare them to the skills most needed by occupations in the work world; and 2) a Resume Tutorial to assist job seekers to create more functional resumes. The Scholarship Search has been split from the Financial Aid Advisor Tool to become its own tool.

This release also includes updated Household Median Income for 2001, updated Labor Force and Unemployment rate data for 2002 and updated Licensed Occupation data information that is frequently tapped for economic development purposes.

The Career Video display has been enhanced to include a link to the Career Video Library that is available for downloading the original version of the Career Videos, including the Spanish editions.

Contact: Barbara Derwart (202-693-3620; derwart.barbara@dol.gov)

GAO Report

Workforce Investment Act: Exemplary One-Stops Devised Strategies to Strengthen Services, but Challenges Remain for Reauthorization, by Sigurd R. Nilsen, director, education, workforce, and income security issues, before the Subcommittee on Employment, Safety, and Training, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. GAO-03-884T, June 18.
Contact: http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-03-884T

Highlights are also available -- http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d03884thigh.pdf

New Publication On Reducing Poverty

Making Work Pay: How to Design and Implement Financial Work Supports to Improve Family and Child Well-Being and Reduce Poverty, by Debbie Greenberger and Robert Anselmi, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, April 2003.
Contact: http://www.mdrc.org/Reports2003/makeworkpay_howto/mwp_overview.htm