On April 13, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of $15 million for the sixth round of Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grants. Grants will be awarded to state workforce agencies to develop flexible and innovative strategies to increase the participation of people with disabilities in federally funded education and training programs. DEI is a a joint program of the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Since 2010, the department has awarded grants worth more than $95 million through the DEI to 37 state workforce agencies in 26 states to improve education, training, and employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities. The funds are used to refine and expand workforce strategies proven to be successful, and enhance inclusive service delivery through the public workforce system. Improvements include: increasing the accessibility of American Job Centers; training front-line AJC and partner staff; and increasing partnerships and collaboration across numerous systems that are critical for assisting youth and adults with disabilities in securing meaningful employment. The closing date for application submission is June 11, 2015. To access the press release that includes links to the Announcement of Funding Opportunity (OFA) is available by clicking View Page Now or going to: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20150627.htm
The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration has developed a document to provides basic information on American Job Centers (AJCs), also known as One-Stop Career Centers To access the Overvie, please click on View Page Now.
The public transportation industry is one of many industries that is facing a huge number of retirements in the next 10 years. To assist recruiting new workers to this industry, Rutgers University’s John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, have partnered on the Transit Virtual Career Network online job portal. Visitors to the site can explore more than 50 different front-line transit-related occupations, learn what it takes to prepare for these jobs, identify local educational and training programs and tap into current job listings. Many don’t require a college education, but all require a high school degree. Users can set up a customized career management account that will allow them to save occupational preferences and other information. They also can find sources of financial aid and to develop requests for academic credit based on previous experience, such as military. The Heldrich Center also recently partnered on two other aspects of the Virtual Career Network: Health Care and Green Economy. To access this on-line transit industry career site, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.vcn.org/transit/
On September 26, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)announced the award of $14.837,785 in grants to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities This grant award is for the fifth round of the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)grant program with awards going to the following six states: California, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and South Dakota. The DEI is funded by the department's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). These grants will help expand the capacity of local American Job Centers to improve employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities by increasing their participation in existing career pathway systems and programs that build on partnerships among local educational institutions, businesses and disability advocates. The DEI currently supports 37 projects in 26 states. Grantees will use the funds to: -- hire or designate a Disability Resource Coordinator, an expert in workforce and disability issues, to achieve program goals; -- foster partnerships and collaboration at the state and local levels; -- integrate resources and services; and ensure that local American Job Centers comply with physical, programmatic and communications accessibility requirements. To access this DOL grant award announcement, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20141764.htm
This 90-minute webinar provides state and local workforce leaders and frontline American Job Center (AJC) staff and with information and resources to assist them in implementing ETA and VETS recently issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) No.19-13, The Jobs for Veterans' State Grants (JVSG) Program Reforms and Roles and Responsibilities of the American Job Center (AJC) Staff Serving Veterans." This TEGL identifies the refocused roles and responsibilities to be implemented by JVSG staff. The effective date is immediate. Upon completion of this training webinar, state and local workforce leaders and frontline AJC staff will have information on the following topics: • JVSG Refocusing overview and highlights of the major requirements in TEGL No.19-13 • Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists refocused responsibilities and performance measures • Technical assistance materials, including Fact Sheets and Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) Posted On :05/14/14 10:28AM / Views :45 / Downloads :23
The Department of Labor's (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has extensive information on career information and projections that is available to the public in an easy to use format on their Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). Individuals can browse occupations that are projected to pay the highest, fastest growing, and most new jobs. To search this extensive data base of occupational information, click on Download or go to: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Road Map to Success: West Palm Beach, Florida The Roadmap to Success (R2S) is a comprehensive six-stage process designed to increase CareerSource of Palm Beach County's capacity to help job seekers with disabilities to reach their full potential. The Roadmap to Success describes the Bestwork Assessment tool and how it is being used in the Job Centers. The six stage Roadmap to Success is available by clicking on Download. For more information, contact: Maryann Macdonald Garrett, FCWP 3 Director, Client Services, Central Career Center 561.340.1060 ext. 2377 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Gene Wheeler, Director, Organizational Development Center for Business Excellence 561.853.0181 ext. 2006 | email@example.com
Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) began planning for a more integrated service delivery approach in August 2008 with plans to move from a more siloed, self-service Job Center approach. The primary goals included: 1) Coordinating the workforce delivery system in a more efficient, cost-effective manner while improving services for customers; 2) co-location and integration of all workforce and job training programs; and 3) improving the effectiveness of the regional workforce system. IWD developed a new service delivery model. Such a model focused on quality integrated services to customers, as opposed to operating from program of funding silos. Under this model, all local offices are integrated into functional units and are not separated by program of funding stream. The goal of Iowa Integration has been: All workers need to know their skills, have an opportunity to grow their skills, and get the best job possible with their skills. Extensive information is detailed in the IWD Guide “Iowa Work; Integration Policies Handbook” which is available in PDF format by clicking on Download. For more information on the IWD approach, please contact: Doug Keast, Program Coordinator Iowa Workforce Development 515-242-0408 / Douglas.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Veterans Employment Center, an inter-agency collaboration from the White House's Joining Forces initiative, has announced a new online tool to provide veterans with employment resources. ebenefits.va.gov will connect veterans and service members with public and private sector employers who are looking to hire people with military experience, including individuals with disabilities. Click on Download to learn more about the Veterans Employment Center and the new Online tool, or go to: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal
The Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) previously issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 19-13 on the distinct roles of the DVOP specialist that limited the veterans and eligible populations who could be served by Disability Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) staff and given priority due to significant barriers to employment. At the same time, Training and EGL 19-13 The Secretary of Labor may identify additional groups of veterans who are entitled to receive intensive services from DVOP staff and this TEGL 20-13 is issued to establish veterans ages 18 to 24 as such a priority category. In recent years, veterans ages 18 to 24 have experienced a higher rate of unemployment than other veterans as well as nonveterans of the same age. DOL anticipates an increase in the number of veterans 18 to 24 transitioning from active military service. This group of veterans may also possess limited civilian work history, which can make transitioning to the civilian labor force more difficult. Based on these facts, the Secretary has determined veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 may need and benefit from the intensive services provided by a DVOP specialist.
The National Disability Institute (NDI) has conducted webinars and developed technical assistance materials that are very informative to all American Job Center (AJC) workforce professionals. Under their contract with the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), NDI provided this training to Disability Employment Initiative grantees and their Disability Resource Coordinators with a systemic look at Wagner-Peyser, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), and access to Wagner-Peyser and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs and services, including: • Overview of Workforce Development System - operational standpoint • Details on how WIA legislation operates within the One-Stop • Details on how WIA works in tandem with Wagner-Peyser programs • Details on how WIA and Wagner-Peyser have created Access issues for people with disabilities. To access the training, please click on Download or go to: https://disability.workforce3one.org/page/tag/1001134157242740576
The Great Lakes and Pacific ADA Centers are hosting a webinar, Web Accessibility Analytics and Open Source Tools for Inspecting and Auditing Web Resources for Accessibility on May 22nd, 2-3:30pm EST. Jon Gunderson, PhD, from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, will demonstrate the open-source tools AInspector Sidebar and FAE 2.0. This webinar is part of the Accessible Technology Webinar series. Registration is free but required by May 21st. To register for this webinar, please click on Download or go to: http://www.ada-audio.org/Webinar/AccessibleTechnology/Schedule/#fy2014Session2
The Department of Labor has provided grants to states for the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) since 2010 along with provision of training and technical assistance to DEI grantees by the National Disability Institute (NDI) under contract with the Employment and Training Administration (ETA). NDI conducted a number of webinars on access with Part 1 on "The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the One-Stop." The webinar recording, power point presentations and transcript at available on this CoP at: https://disability.workforce3one.org/page/tag/1001134156659375996. It included a presentation by Jana Burke, Ph.D. - Project Director, Rocky Mountain ADA Center) and included: • Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) • Discussion of the ADA and the One-Stop (now America's Job Centers (AJCs) • Information on the 2008 ADA Amendments and their effect on the One-Stop • Strategies for providing Good Customer Service in the One-Stop, and the role of the ADA
On March 13, 2014, the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) launched a new database to help contractors find qualified workers with disabilities and veterans, and to assist contractors with establishing relationships with national organizations and local community groups that have access to these workers. Contractors, as well as others, can visit OFCCP’s Disability and Veterans Community Resources Directory on the OFCCP Web site at http://www.dol-esa.gov/errd/resources.html. This new resource supplements the agency’s existing Employment Resources Referral Directory (ERRD).
The U.S. Department of Labor announced on March 11, 2014, that it has entered into a conciliation agreement to address allegations of disability discrimination by a person with hearing impairments against the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The U.S. Labor Department's Civil Rights Center investigated allegations that a complainant with a profound hearing loss was denied communication services by Colorado's unemployment insurance program by not providing a qualified American Sign Language interpreter. Based on a review of state processes, CRC determined that the program violated Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The conciliation agreement covers the findings in CRC's determination, as well as a later allegation by the same individual that CDLE's workers' compensation program had also not provided a qualified American Sign Language interpreter. By entering into the conciliation agreement, CDLE demonstrates its commitment to equal opportunity for persons with disabilities. For more information on this DOL announcement, please go to: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/oasam/OASAM20132494.htm
GAO Report 14-137: "Workforce Investment Act: Strategies Needed to Improve Certain Training Outcome Data" was issued on March 5, 2014. GAO found that of the more than two million total participants in the Workforce Investment Act’s (WIA) Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs, about 11 percent and 16 percent, respectively, received training in program year 2011, and about two-thirds of the training participants in each program attained a credential. Little is known, however, about how many participants got jobs related to their training. From program year 2006 through program year 2011, the percentages of training participants who earned a credential declined from about 74 percent to 58 percent for the Adult Program and from about 75 percent to 63 percent for the Dislocated Worker Program, according to data from the Department of Labor (DOL). Of those training participants who attained a credential in program year 2011, about 65 percent earned occupational credentials, such as a welding certificate, followed by lower percentages who earned occupational skill licenses and associate’s degrees, among others. In contrast, GAO found training-related employment data unreliable primarily because a significant portion of the data was missing. Highlights of GAO Report 14-137 is available at: http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/660598.pdf
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has been an innovator in the area of Assistive Technology (AT) for many years. NFB recognizes the critical role AT plays in providing independence and economic well-being to individuals who are blind or have low vision. They have identified products and technology that have proven to be most beneficial for their members and make this available on the website. They also provide assessment and advice on what AT might be most effective for the individual. Their grass-roots programs further test and identify AT equipment and software as a peer-to-peer process of sharing what's new and innovative. To learn more about how NFB may assist individuals who are blind or have low vision, please visit their webiste at: https://www.nfb.org
Think Beyond the Label is a public-private partnership that delivers information, outreach and resources to businesses, job seekers and the public workforce system to ensure greater recruiting and hiring opportunities for job candidates with disabilities. Think Beyond the Label offers a network and digital hub to inform, connect, and communicate will all stakeholders in the disability and employment system. Think Beyond the Label will hold an online career fair on March 5, 1:00-4:00 PM EST. The event will connect companies to qualified candidates with disabilities from Think Beyond the Label's online community of candidates and its partnerships with employment services agencies and student organizations nationwide. Job seekers will have the opportunity to engage with recruiters one-on-one in this real-time forum. Registration is free for job seekers.
The National Disability Institute (NDI) Technical Assistance Team has created a series of 30-Second Trainings to address Job Center Access. These trainings were developed for Disability Resource Coordinators and other workforce professionals to share with their Job Center staff and partners. The 30 Second Trainings are fun, creative and provide readily understandable information on the access in America's Job Centers (AJCs). In addition to creating the American Job Center Access 30-Second Training Series, the NDI Team also created an American Job Center Access Resource Guide that will serve as a "take-away" or desk-top resource for Job Center staff and partners. This guide contains useful information and resources found in the correct answers of the American Job Center Access 30-Second Trainings and other national, regional, state, and local resources that can support Job Center staff and partners in serving job seekers with disabilities. https://disability.workforce3one.org/page/tag/1001403833465878171
On January 30, 2014, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum to Secretaries of the Departments of Labor, Commerce and Education directing them to take action to address job-driven training for America's workers. He states: "It is critical that the Federal Government ensure that its policies and programs in the workforce and training system are designed to equip the Nation's workers with skills matching the needs of employers looking to hire. As part of the overall review process led by Vice President Biden, the memorandum directs that within 180 days, the Office of the Vice President, the National Economic Council, the Domestic Policy Council, the Council of Economic Advisers, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Office of Management and Budget, the Secretaries of Labor, Commerce, and Education (Secretaries), in consultation with other executive departments and agencies as appropriate, shall develop a specific action plan, to be provided to me through the Vice President, to make the workforce and training system more job-driven, integrated, and effective. To view this Presidential Memorandum, please go to: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/30/presidential-memorandum-job-driven-training-workers