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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 3, Number 20

For the week ending May 28, 2004

(For Internal Use Only)





Training and Employment Notice No. 19-03

Subject: Workforce Investment System - Sharing the Message

Purpose: To announce an effort to collect photos and stories to illustrate the value of America's publicly funded Workforce Investment System.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1568

Training and Employment Notice No. 20-03

Subject: Workforce Innovations 2004 Conference

Purpose: To announce the Workforce Innovations 2004: Fueling America's Economic Engine conference to be held in San Antonio, Texas, July 19-21.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1570

Training and Employment Notice No. 21-03

Subject: Upcoming Evaluation of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program

Purpose: To announce the start of a major new evaluation of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program.

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1572


Events Upcoming ETA Meeting/Events



Assets for Independence (AFI) Program

The purpose of the Assets for Independence (AFI) Program is to demonstrate and evaluate the effectiveness of asset-building projects that teach low-income families about financial issues and enable them to save earned income over the long-term in special matched savings accounts called Individual Development Accounts (IDA).

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS), within the Department of Health and Human Services has announced it will accept applications from organizations seeking financial assistance to establish and administer AFI projects.

Examples of the types of organizations that may apply (if they meet all eligibility criteria) include, but are not limited to, community action agencies; community development corporations; financial institutions such as banks, credit unions, and community development financial institutions; faith-based and community organizations; State and local government agencies and other organizations; marriage strengthening coalitions; service and fraternal organizations; schools, colleges and universities; and consortia or groups of organizations that collaborate to administer an AFI Project.

The closing time and date for receipt of applications is July 27.

Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/pdf/04-12129.pdf



Manpower Anniversary Forum

The Maypower with Manpower Anniversary Forum was held on May 20, 2004, in Milwaukee, WI with state and regional BRG coordinators, local workforce professionals, and Manpower branch managers who shared their success stories and promising practices with the group. The event was hosted by Jeff Joerres, CEO of Manpower, along with Assistant Secretary DeRocco, who jointly acknowledged the partnership champions and celebrated the one-year anniversary of the original partnership rollout. Contact: 202-693-3688; troke.jennifer@dol.gov)

DOL and HHS "Pathway to the Future: How Workforce Development and Quality Jobs Can Promote Quality Care" Symposium

On May 24, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Labor hosted a symposium entitled, "Pathway to the Future: How Workforce Development and Quality Jobs Can Promote Quality Care." Gay Gilbert presented information on the work of the Employment & Training Administration within the President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative Health Care Industry. The 120-person invitational conference was designed to bring together experts and thought-leaders from the long-term care and workforce systems to examine the research findings and lessons learned on recruitment, retention practices, and to stimulate debate about successful strategies and policy directions in developing a high quality, long-term care paraprofessional workforce. Contact: Angela Dayton (202-693-2969; dayton.angela@dol.gov)

Training Directors Forum

On June 2, 2004, Assistant Secretary DeRocco will host the Training Directors’ Forum in Washington, D.C., with the training directors of 15 unions. The forum, which is being held as part of the Construction High Growth Job Training Initiative, will focus on identifying the construction industry’s key workforce challenges, as well as solutions to those challenges. Contact: Tom Hooper (202-693-3949; hooper.thomas@dol.gov)

Workforce Solutions in Advanced Manufacturing

On June 7-8, The Employment and Training Administration will host a Workforce Solutions Forum as part of the President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative in Advanced Manufacturing. The Forum will be held in Dallas, TX and include representatives of the public workforce system, education and training providers, business representatives, and other stakeholders. The attendees will participate in a facilitated discussion and analysis of solutions to the critical workforce challenges confronting U.S. manufacturers. Contact: Mike Jaffe (202-693-3401; Michael Jaffe@dol.gov)