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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 39

For the week ending October 17, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)





Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 09-03

Subject: Planning Guidance and Application Instructions for Program Year (PY) 2003 Workforce Information Core Products and Services: Workforce Information Formula Allocations to States

Purpose: To transmit guidance for the development and management of PY 2003 Workforce Information Core Products and Services grant plans.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1517

Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 08-03

Subject: Updated Table of Weights for Use in Calculating State-Level American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) Scores for the Participant, Employment and Job-Seeker Customer Satisfaction Surveys

Purpose: To provide states with the Program Year (PY) 2003 ACSI Table of Weights.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1516


Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


Waivers & State Plans

See attachment for WIA Summer Report

Alaska Unified State Plan Modification and Waivers

On October 8, 2003, the Alaska modification to its State Unified Plan and two supporting waiver requests were approved. These approvals allow the state to streamline its governance structure through creation of a designated statewide region. Under the first waiver, the Governor may designate the state board to carry out the roles and responsibilities of the two local boards in the designated region encompassing the state. The second waiver permits the state, in functioning as a designated statewide region, to report statewide data without providing data for each local area. Contact: Dick Ensor (202-693-2792; ensor.richard@dol.gov) or Sean Kelly (202-693-3994; kelly.sean@dol.gov)



Farmworker Partnership Conference

The Office of National Programs, Division of Seasonal Farmworker Program staff attended the 2003 National Farmworker Partnership Conference held recently in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the conference, which was coordinated and sponsored by the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP), was to reinforce the partnership between farmworker service providers, encourage providers to collaboratively keep pace in educating policymakers, and promote prosperity in difficult times. Workshops included such topics as Post placement/Retention, Case Management, and Farmworker Health. Contact: Alina Walker (202-693-2706; walker.alina@dol.gov)

President's Family Justice Center Initiative: Interagency Program Announced

The Department of Justice will lead a $20 million program to develop comprehensive domestic violence victim service and support centers in 12 communities across the country. The President’s Family Justice Center Initiative will provide comprehensive services for domestic violence victims at one location, including medical care, counseling, law enforcement assistance, social services, housing assistance and employment assistance (including employment and career counseling and training through local One-Stop Employment Centers or other local services)

The Department of Justice will award grants to 12 communities nationwide to develop Family Justice Centers. Communities will be encouraged to look to the family justice centers pioneered in San Diego, California and Indianapolis, Indiana for the development and creation of their own centers.

Other partners in this Initiative include the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Labor. Contact: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fundopps.htm

Building on the Strengths of America's Youth Summit Set for November 6 – 8

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) in the Department of Health and Human Services awards funding to local communities that enables them to offer services to young people and their families and to test new approaches to helping young people, particularly runaway and homeless youth. FYSB has set its "Building on the Strengths of America`s Youth: Second National Youth Summit," for November 6-8, 2003, in Washington, D.C. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a range of skill-building sessions and learn effective practices in youth development, hear from youth about ways to make a positive difference in their lives, and network with colleagues on accomplishments and challenges. At each workshop session, participants will receive a Toolkit of "how-to" information on starting or enhancing existing programs, strengthening or building new collaborations, and engaging youth in Positive Youth Development programs. During the Summit, youth will have the opportunity to take part in a special, interactive Town Hall meeting. Contact: http://conferences.jbs.biz/ncfy/registration.php



Career Voyages Web site

Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao launched the Career Voyages Web site at a High School Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. The result of collaboration between the Department of Labor and the Department of Education, www.CareerVoyages.gov is an exciting new web site designed to provide connections into good career opportunities in high-growth industries and high-demand occupations.

The new Web site features detailed information about the fastest growing industries and occupations, the skills and education required to prepare for them, job openings by area, and wages, licensing requirements and growth rates for numerous occupations. Although some career paths described on the Web site require a four-year degree, Career Voyages expands post-secondary opportunities to include on-the-job training, apprenticeship programs for skilled trades, vocational certificates, and two-year professional degree programs at community colleges that can all lead to promising careers.

With its focus on high-growth industries and high-demand occupations, www.CareerVoyages.gov should be part of the electronic tool box in every One-Stop Career Center and Employment Services office. Contact: www.CareerVoyages.gov

Business Relations Group: Upcoming Health Forums

The DOL ETA BRG will host health care forums across the country between October 24 - October 31. The purpose of the Forums is to engage approximately 50 leaders from industry, the public workforce system, and the community and technical colleges systems to validate the nature and extent of their workforce needs and to identify a range of actual and potential solutions that will address the industry’s workforce needs. The schedule is as follows:

East Coast on October 24 in Washington, D.C.
West Coast on October 29 in Salt Lake City, UT
Central Region on October 31 in Chicago, IL

Contact: Scott Shortenhaus (202-693-3979; shortenhaus.scott@dol.gov)