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Quick Reference on Allowable Uses of ARRA RES Funds

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06/10/10 01:44PM

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AARP Releases Report on Work Sharing

According to a new report by AARP's Public Policy Institute, "Saving Jobs Through Work Sharing," employer interest in work sharing grew during the recession, with a record setting 289,000 companies entering into work share agreements in 2009. Work share or sharing, also known as “short-time compensation” is a voluntary program within some state unemployment insurance systems that allows employers to avoid layoffs and cut costs by temporarily reducing the number of employee work hours.

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04/19/11 02:58PM

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A Note from NAWDP: Using ARRA RES Funds for Staff Capacity Building

The Recovery Act provided an unprecedented opportunity for states and local areas to invest in the professional development of One-Stop employees who are on the frontlines of reemployment services. Building the capacity of front-line staff to serve the unemployed and develop their own careers is an investment that will pay off over the long term. As the demands of today’s businesses and job seekers increase, it is critically important that the workforce development profession continue to evolve. That means that we, as professionals in this field, need to continuously update our skills in order to meet the changing needs of our customers and to develop our own career pathways within the system. When customers come to a One-Stop Career Center, one of the first things that frontline staff do is to assess their skills and abilities. They help them identify the best path to achieve re-employment and self sufficiency. One Stop staff encourage the unemployed to create a career plans, take the necessary training to remain current with their particular field of interest, and obtain an industry-recognized credential as a way to remain viable in a shaky economy. But what about the One Stop staff themselves? Where is the system’s dedication to creating our career pathways? While it is easy to use overwhelming workloads as a reason to not invest in our staff, the fact remains that it is imperative that the workforce system takes its own advice.

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07/13/10 10:14AM

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Wisconsin Expands RES Services

Through the use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, Wisconsin Job Service has significantly expanded and enhanced the Re-employment Services (RES) program. With the hiring of 50 new staff we have been able to expand our RES services beyond our 22 Comprehensive job centers to over 65 locations. This type of growth has allowed us to serve more customers throughout the state, making our programs and services more accessible to the citizens of Wisconsin. We also provided a comprehensive 3 day training for these new staff in July, 2009. Job Service has increased the number of RES sessions from 10 per week (serving 150 claimants) to 80 RES sessions per week (serving 900 claimants). Since July, 2009 we have been able to serve over 35,000 customers, with 80% of attendees being referred to other services and programs within the Job Center. Part of the requirement for RES is that each participant posts a profile on JobCenterofWisconsin.com, completes an RES intake form and participate in a three-hour workshop. Following the presentation, each job seeker participates in a one-on-one session with an RES staff person who assesses their job seeking process and refers them down one of three paths: 1. Work Ready Path, 2. Referral Path, or 3. Employment Counseling Path.

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07/06/10 11:55AM

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New York State's Reemployment Services

Karen Coleman, Director of New York's Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions, provides an overview of New York's innovative approach to reemployment services, with particular focus on the use of assessment tools to improve skill matching.

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06/16/10 11:11AM

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New York State's Reemployment Services

A presentation by Karen Coleman Director of the Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions, NYS Department of Labor. The presentation lays out the state's innovative approaches to reemployment.

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06/16/10 11:05AM

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New York State's Reemployment Services

A presentation by Karen Coleman Director of the Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions, NYS Department of Labor. The presentation lays out the state's innovative approaches to reemployment.

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06/16/10 11:04AM

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Frequently Asked Questions on Obligating ARRA RES Funds

Frequently Asked Questions (and answers)on how to obligate ARRA RES Funds

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06/10/10 12:58PM

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“STRATEGIC DOING” – AND WHAT IT MIGHT DO FOR YOU AND YOUR ARRA RES INVESTMENTS

We recently posted several resources on the Worforce3One website related to a dynamic and effective action model, Strategic Doing, that builds on three principles that have helped our workforce system respond quickly and with vigor to the challenges the recession has brought us: Alignment, Linking, and Leveraging. While the system has long used these principles almost intuitively in service delivery, we haven’t always applied them strategically to solve, or even to anticipate and avoid, problems. Now we can. Strategic Doing is also a platform for moving quickly and collaboratively from innovative ideas to innovative actions in a simple, structured and – most important in our fast-moving world where even a few focused hours are a luxury – fast process that helps to solidify partnerships, define relationships, and create a “swarm” (to borrow a Strategic Doing term) of new ideas and solutions quickly. And with many states needing to decide- like now – how best to invest their expiring ARRA Reemployment Services (RES) and Wagner-Peyser dollars, there may be no better time to become familiar with this action-oriented decision making tool.

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06/10/10 10:17AM

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What Is in Your Assessment Toolbox? Making Informed Investments in Your Assessment Suite

The $250 million in Reemployment Services Grants provided through the Recovery Act have generated a host of creative and innovative approaches to helping the unemployed. In particular, we have learned a great deal over the last year about how assessment tools can strengthen reemployment services. Personality assessments, work values assessments, skills transferability assessments/tools, interest assessments, educational assessments, occupational skills assessments, work readiness assessments and the list goes on and on. All of these types of assessments and more increase the workforce system’s ability to match job seekers and employers. If you are still looking for ways to invest your ARRA RES funds, we want to help you learn about which instruments are the most effective by connecting you with your workforce system colleagues who can give you unbiased, first-hand feedback on their experience with specific products. If you are interested in purchasing a particular assessment instrument or tool and would like to see if there is a workforce system colleague that is using the instrument you are interested in, please contact our resident expert on assessment tools: Lauren Fairley-Wright Workforce Analyst USDOL – ETA – Office of Workforce Investment wright.lauren@dol.gov

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06/09/10 10:48AM

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Highlights from the Heartland Conference on Reemployment

Did you miss the opportunity to connect with Heartland 2010 presenters and participants? No worries - we have posted video of many of theConference sessions. The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) Region 5, in conjunction with the Great Lakes Employment and Training Association (GLETA), invites you to get connected with session presenters, other attendee's, and ETA staff by wathcing the videos of the sessions. To view the videos, just click "read more" and then click on the video links.

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06/08/10 10:42AM

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The Reemployment Dollar Menu: New York State’s Investment Yields Great Value

Lawrence C. found himself without a job. The collapse of the financial sector (and related industries) had affected him and 868,000 other fellow New Yorkers. New York State’s Workforce Development System was overwhelmed and ARRA funds helped provide additional staffing for New York’s bustling One-Stop Centers. With some One-Stop Centers seeing over 700 customers daily, New York’s Labor Department was concerned about providing quality services to customers like Lawrence C. New York got SMART – literally. With a financial investment of less than the cost of a cheeseburger per customer, New York’s SMART 2010 job lead service was launched. New York State has partnered with Burning Glass Technologies in developing their existing recruiting tool to work for New York State’s unemployed. This technology has been successfully used by the private sector and has now been transformed into a job lead tool for job seeking customers. Minnesota’s experience with this technology, helped New York State plan their SMART 2010 pilot. One Stop staff submit customer resumes to SMART2010 where they are then “matched” with existing job openings in the New York Job Bank. The SMART 2010 system goes beyond traditional job matching technology. SMART doesn’t focus only on keywords; it understands s the knowledge, skills and abilities that people acquire over their entire work history. SMART then rates the selected job leads (using a five star rating system) and emails these leads directly to the customer’s email in-box. Customers can read a brief description of the job lead and click on a hyperlink that provides additional detail on the job opening.

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05/25/10 01:49PM

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NASWA - ETA Webinar Collaborative Resources

This folder contains materials presented and discussed at NASWA-ETA's Webinar on April 30th and other relevant tools and resources.

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04/28/10 06:19PM

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Making the Most of Our Reemployment Services Grants

When Congress included $250 million for Reemployment Services (RES) in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s (ARRA), we knew it was a great opportunity to reinvigorate one of the public workforce system’s most vital functions. Since February 2009, states have made a variety of innovative investments to meet the urgent challenge of reemploying millions of Americans – from mobile RES units, to new skill assessment tools, to integrated information management systems that support the seamless delivery of reemployment services to all job seekers. Through our travels to regional conferences and our conversations with you, we have learned of the steady progress toward our goal of system integration and transformation.

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04/28/10 04:10PM

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2010 Chicago Heartland Conference: Expanding Opportunities for Mature Jobseekers through Innovative Partnerships

Innovations in the expansion of opportunities for the mature jobseeker: Mature Services, Inc., SCSEP and Easter Seals will discuss several new pathways for improving opportunities for the mature worker during these tough economic times.

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03/12/10 03:44PM

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2010 Chicago Heartland Conference: Self-Employment Lessons from the Public Workforce System

Tough economic times? Why not create your own job?: Project GATE II, IMPAQ International and the LLC, Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education showcase best practices and lessons learned from various entrepreneurial efforts.

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03/12/10 03:37PM

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2010 Chicago Heartland Conference: Transitioning Offenders to Today's Workforce

How can an offender survive today's economy? The Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Department of Corrections will discuss proven methods to prepare offenders for the transition from incarceration to employment.

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03/12/10 03:31PM

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2010 Chicago Heartland Conference: Modeling a New Education

Gateway Technical College & Kenosha County Job Center will discuss collaborations designed to train today's dislocated worker.

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03/12/10 03:14PM

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Health Coverage Tax Credit and Reemployment: The View from Colorado

My name is Shannon Gutheil and I was asked to highlight the experiences I have had working with trade-affected individuals first-hand and how the HCTC Program has helped them. Over the last 6 years working with trade-affected workers there have been many challenges they face and health care is one of the biggest. The HCTC program and benefit has been able to help alleviate some of the stress that comes with layoff. When people find out about HCTC I see the light go on in their eyes and a smile emerge on their face. They sometimes can’t believe what they are being offered. The details and process are sometimes hard for them to grasp, but once they understand what steps they need to take to access HCTC benefits you hear a sigh of relief. For many workers, continuation of health care is an option they grapple with over and over because of bottom line costs. They are trying to answer the questions “How am I going to keep health care with COBRA costs being so high? How am I going to take care of my family if they get sick without insurance?” These are questions I hear at my desk almost daily when working with trade-affected workers. A great percentage of workers we serve on the front lines are the sole carriers of health insurance for their families and when they loose their jobs this compounds their stress levels, which in turn can increase their risk for getting sick – thus meaning they need to keep their health care coverage even more. Knowing they have HCTC available to them, as long as they meet all criteria, can help relieve this burden and help them focus on re-tooling their skills and/or gaining new employment. When trade-affected workers utilize and are eligible for HCTC benefits, it is truly a great benefit to have available. Shannon Gutheil, TAA Counselor at the Ft. Collins Workforce Center, Colorado

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11/17/09 11:41AM

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Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) and Reemployment

Blog from Carol Harr of Colorado TAA Coordinator's office

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11/17/09 11:36AM

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