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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 3, Number 47

For the week ending December 17, 2004

(For Internal Use Only)





Training and Employment Notice No. 12-04

Subject: Training Seminars for SWA Benefit Accuracy Measurement (BAM) Paid Claims Accuracy (PCA) Staff and Denied Claims Accuracy (DCA) Staff on Case Investigations

Purpose: To announce Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 training seminars for SWA BAM PCA/DCA investigators

Contact: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=1624



Youth Forums

The last youth Regional Forum was convened in Phoenix, Arizona December 13-14, 2004. Nearly 180 participants attended the forums, with about 130 individuals from 20 states and territories, including Hawaii, Alaska, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. Deputy Assistant Secretary Mason Bishop, along with his colleagues, including the U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education Deputy Assistant Secretary Hans Meeder, opened the forums. Participants also heard from Mr. Adam Shandrow from Manpower, Inc., Dr. Sandra Dowling, Superintendent of Schools for Maricopa County, Arizona and Ms. Ann Higdon, President and Founder of improved Solutions for Urban Systems Inc. (ISUS).

Contact: David Lah (202-693-3604; Lah.davis@dol.gov)

Aerospace Industry Workforce Conference

On December 13-14, BRG staff presented the activities of the aerospace High Growth Job Training Initiative at a national security workforce conference in Washington, DC, that included the National Defense Industrial Association, the Aerospace Industries Association, and the Department of Defense. The 100 participants included aerospace national security professionals, labor, and other government officials.

Contact: Chuck Chaitoitcz (202-693-3516; chaitoitcz.chuck@dol.gov)

Energy Solutions Forum

The Business Relations Group conducted an Energy Industry Workforce Solutions Forum on December 14-15 in Houston, TX. The forum marked the completion of the first phase of the High Growth Job Training Initiative focused on the energy industry.

Approximately 100 people from industry, education, and the workforce system attended the forum. The majority of attendees were from industry. Companies represented included many oil and gas producers and service companies such as Halliburton Energy Services, Shell Oil Company, BP Exploration and Production, Marathon Oil Company, Key Energy Services, and Anadarko Petroleum. Electric and gas utilities as well as nuclear production companies also contributed significantly to the discussion. Some companies in attendance included Exelon Nuclear, First Energy Nuclear Operating Company, Duke Power, Southern Company, North Western Energy, and PPL Corporation. Finally, representatives of companies engaged in the mining sector of the energy industry also attended. Companies represented included Arch Coal, Massey Energy, and Foundation Coal Corporation.

With nearly 30 representatives in attendance, educators comprised the second largest contingent of forum attendees. Educators from across the country were nominated by their industry partners to share their expertise in working with the private sector to solve the energy industry’s workforce needs.

Contact: Rob Morgan (202-693-3438; morgan.rob.t@dol.gov)