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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 4, Number 19

For the week ending June 10, 2005

(For Internal Use Only)



Technical Assitance and Training

Advanced Manufacturing High Growth Industry Webinar

This Advanced Manufacturing High Growth Industry Webinar will provide an overview of the industry and four solutions being implemented to address the industry's workforce challenges and help jobseekers pursue advanced manufacturing career opportunities. The panelists, from the National Association of Manufacturers, Thomas Nelson Community College, The Workplace, Inc., and the National Center for Integrated Systems Technology, will discuss the goals of their projects, key partners, and the role of the public workforce system in their initiatives. The webinar is scheduled for June 30, 2005 from 3:00pm-4:30 pm. est. Contact Katie McClurg (mcclurg.katie@dol.gov; 202-693-2804)



HUD Award

ETA is scheduled to receive an award on June 30 at the HUD Neighborhood Networks (HUD NN) 10th Anniversary National Training Conference. The award is given to ETA to recognize our commitment and partnership with HUD NN over the years. A dinner and recognition ceremony will be held to acknowledge the contributions of Neighborhood Network Centers, staff and other stakeholders across the country. Currently, the E-Tools team in ETA is working with HUD to provide access to local workforce development opportunities to underserved communities. Over 1,200 HUD NN centers are listed in America’s Service Locator (ASL). In addition, the E-Tools group has worked with HUD to create a HUD NN Online Coach to guide users find and use various workforce development resources and local One-Stop centers. Contact: Harvey Ollis (ollis.harvey@dol.gov; 202-693-3699)

HHS/ACF Announces Grant Availability to Develop Curriculum to Help Interventions with Foster Care Youth

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the Department of Health and Human Services has announced the availability of funds and requests applications to develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate a training curriculum for public child welfare agency supervisors. This curriculum will strengthen supervision of staff interventions with older youth who are in foster care and/or in independent living programs. These youth, mostly ages 16 to 21, need assistance in making a successful transition to adulthood, as well as achieving self-sufficiency to avoid long-term dependency on the social welfare system.

These youth often face decisions with regard to personal housing, transportation, employment and education. They need workers who can guide them and who understand these challenges. The target youth also need workers who have a working knowledge of adolescent transition programs.

ACF has identified $1,000,000 for these grant investments with an average projected award amount of $250,000.

Eligible applicants include state governments, county governments, city or township governments, special district governments, independent school districts, nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; state controlled institutions of higher education; and private institutions of higher education. Faith-based and community organizations that meet all other eligibility requirements are eligible to apply.

The June 16 FEDERAL REGISTER provides the full announcement and grant application requirements. Applications are due by August 5, 2005.

Contacts: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/pdf/05- 11920.pdf



State Plan Review

The six state plan review teams are in the midst of their reviews, with each team having had at least one conference call to discuss their respective state plans. The teams are asking the regional points of contact to work with the states to obtain significant pieces of information they find lacking in the plan and provide it back to the review team by June 20th. The goal is to have all plans reviewed and letters in draft by June 22nd to ensure the June 30th date for expiration of existing plans is met. Contact: Chris Kulick (kulick.christine@dol.gov; 202-693-3045)

Workforce3 One Webinars

The following webinars are now archived on Workforce3 One in the Multimedia Information Section under Self-Paced Learning:

Contact: www.workforce3one.org

Geospatial Industry Strategic Networking Group Conference Call

The third Geospatial High Growth Grantee Strategic Networking Group conference call was held June 7. Two grantees, Advanced Skills Center and Institute for GIS Studies (IGISS) reviewed the status of their projects. There was also a discussion of ways in which the grantees can connect with the public workforce system, including leveraging their scholarships with Pell Grants or individual training accounts and cooperating with the WIBs on their labor market studies to identify potential job openings. Strategic Networking Groups are peer learning conference calls designed to support new grantees, leverage learning and investments, and promote dissemination of investment solutions.
Contact: Kristen Rhinehart (rhinehart.kristen@dol.gov; 202-693-2968)


The O*NET project has just made available the fourth of planned twice-annual updates of the O*NET database, with a comprehensive update of 100 occupations in this release, bringing the number of fully updated occupations to 380. Highlights of this update include:

* New and revised Task Statements for an additional 98 occupations
* Addition of Task Statement ratings (importance, relevance, and frequency) for 100 occupations
* Updated Abilities, Work Activities, Knowledge, Skills, Job Zone, and Work Context data for 100 occupations
* Additional Work Context data
* Addition of Training, Work Experience, and Education data
* Addition of Work Styles data
Contact: http://www.onetcenter.org/dev_db.html

SGA/DFA PY-04-10: ETA Announces Frequently Asked Questions Web Page for Prospective Applicants for Community-Based Job Training Grants; Workforce3One Hosts Virtual Conferences Conducted for Applicants

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) published an announcement in the May 3 FEDERAL REGISTER concerning the availability of grant funds for eligible community colleges under the Community- Based Job Training Grants (CBJTG): SGA/DFA PY-04-10.

Through an announcement in the June 17 FEDERAL REGISTER, ETA has notified prospective applicants that a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Web page is now available. This page is designed to help answer frequently asked questions that the ETA Grants office has received throughout the CBJTG solicitation. Prospective applicants are check this site periodically for any updates to the FAQ's. Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/business/FAQ_Community-BasedJobTrainingGrants.cfm

ETA Announces Grant Funds to Test Innovative Training Strategies for Individuals with Limited English Proficiency and Hispanic Americans

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has announced the availability of approximately $5 million in demonstration grant funds to test unique and innovative training strategies for services to individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) (those who do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English and Hispanic Americans, specifically, those who lack basic and occupational skills needed by high-growth occupations. This demonstration program is targeted to incumbent workers, new job entrants or youth who lack the language, basic skills, and occupational skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century workplace. This demonstration program emphasizes the use of innovative contextualized learning strategies which simultaneously provide language and occupational skills training that open career opportunities and pathways for LEP and Hispanic Americans.

The Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and Hispanic Worker Initiative is a strategic effort to improve access to employment and training services for LEP persons and to better serve Hispanic Americans through workforce investment programs that address the specific workforce challenges facing these individuals. Grant funds awarded should be used to develop unique and innovative strategies that specifically address the workforce challenges of LEP individuals and Hispanic Americans. Applications must reflect a strategic partnership between the public workforce investment system, the employer community, the education and training community, and, if applicable, community-based or faith-based organizations.

It is anticipated that individual awards will fall within the range of $500,000 to $1 million. The Department reserves the right to award grants at either lower or higher amounts. The closing date for receipt of applications is August 15, 2005. The full solicitation appears in the June 16 FEDERAL REGISTER. Additional information will be published on http://www.doleta.gov/sga/sga.cfm. Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/pdf/05-11881.pdf