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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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NASWA WEBINAR ON ARRA REEMPLOYMENT GRANTS

April 30th Webinar: Approaches to Obligating Reemployment Funds by September 30, 2010

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05/11/10 06:24PM

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UI Modernization: Myths and Facts

Our colleagues at the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) prepared a helpful summary of the issues pertaining to state take-up of $7 billion in Unemployment Compensation modernization funds available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. With a set of relatively simple and progressive reforms, states can qualify for funds, which will in some instances pay for years' worth of benefits. Even so, some states have yet to implement the changes to bring their unemployment insurance systems in line with the needs of the contemporary workforce. This primer should help all those who are considering making the changes and qualifying for the money. Should your state be interested in finding out whether proposed legislative or regulatory changes will make it qualify for the payments, Office of Unemployment Insurance in ETA is ready to help. Visit this resource page.

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03/19/10 09:56AM

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VIDEO! Program lets unemployed try out job and keep benefits

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Tisa Long spent eight months looking for work prior to getting laid off from her job as manager at a Quiznos in Mebane. “I put in anywhere from 10 to 15 applications a week online. I never got a call back. Not one,” Long said. She felt hopeless for months, but then she heard about “Opportunity North Carolina” — a new program through the Employment Security Commission office that lets people try out a job and still receive unemployment benefits. Employers agree to train the person for six weeks without paying them. “What we’re hoping is the match is made, the training is completed, the job is offered and somebody is off of UI before their claim ends, which saves money for the unemployment insurance trust fund,” said Andy James, director of Opportunity North Carolina. ONC also saves employers a bundle on recruitment costs. Jennifer Talley owns several businesses in Graham and has hired four people through ONC, including Long. “Sometimes people look great on paper, but they’re not a good fit for your company when they come in and you start working with them on a day-to-day basis,” Talley said. “So it’s really nice to have that six-week learning curve shortened, and you don’t feel like you’re paying to teach someone your business.” Of the 52 people who have completed job training through ONC, 50 have been offered a job. People who sign up for training also receive $100 per week for transportation costs. “This is not putting a brick layer in a brick laying job. This is taking somebody who has an interest and the skills that could be transferable into something else,” James said. For more information, check out the Opportunity North Carolina website at http://www.ncesc1.com/main/ONC.asp. What do you think about this new program? Share your thoughts with us!

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04/20/12 01:36PM

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Texas Back to Work Surpasses 25,000 Job Placements

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04/09/12 04:27PM

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E-WIN Access Points in Mississippi

By Marcus Estes, Barbara Hicks and Misty Vowell, Mississippi Department of Employment Security The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) is a federally funded state agency that provides an array of services through WIN Job Centers located throughout the state. The WIN Job Centers offer convenient, one stop employment and training services to employers and job seekers. WIN Job Centers also pay unemployment insurance to workers who lost their jobs. The Labor Market Information Department gathers and disseminates labor force data used by private industry and public agencies for planning and resource allocation.

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07/29/10 05:23PM

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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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Florida Region Uses Strategic Doing to Help in Overcoming the Space Challenge as the Space Shuttle Program Comes to an End

About 250 people joined us recently for an interactive ‘strategic doing’ event hosted by Brevard Workforce and the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, (and generously sponsored by FLORIDA TODAY, our local Gannett newspaper) called Overcoming the Space Challenge through Regional Innovation. The group came together to learn more about the challenges we face at the end of NASA’s Shuttle Program, and to actually incorporate our ideas and resources into a strategic plan that would help Brevard and the surrounding region in overcoming these challenges. It was the first such event Brevard has ever experienced. Facilitated by Ed Morrison, strategic advisor to the Purdue Center for Economic Development and Linda Fowler, founder of Regionerate, local, regional and state experts on the leading edge of responsibility in the areas of schools, our economy, the aerospace industry, county services, and help for the workforce started off the event with some insight before attendees broke into groups. Brevard Workforce briefed the audience on our intensive Aerospace Workforce Transition program and the Regional Aerospace Workforce Initiative, efforts that started more than three years ago to serve and assist the talent that will be displaced.

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06/28/10 11:36AM

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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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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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Utah: RES Technology Upgrade Project

Integrating Unemployment Insurance and Employment Services IT systems is an excellent way for states to spend their Recovery Act RES funds. Such integration can enhance the work of both services and yield tremendous benefits through shared access to relevant information about clients. I’m writing today to let you know how we’ve done this system integration in Utah and how we’ve overcome obstacles along the way. Our RES Technology Upgrade Project has been developed over the course of 2009 and 2010, and it has required hard work and critical thinking. The process began in January 2009, when I attended the “Re-Employment Works!” Summit in Baltimore, Maryland. Ideas were discussed there about how to integrate Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Employment Services (ES). The conversations ranged from technical integration to brick and mortar integration. The merits of self-service delivery verses face-to-face service delivery were also actively debated.

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05/11/10 01:19PM

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Recommended Strategies

This document has some recommended allowable costs for reemployment services

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04/29/10 09:22AM

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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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NH Working Works It

Last week, I was lucky enough to be in New Hampshire to witness the launch of one part of a three-tiered initiative called NH Working. The goal of NH Working is to help New Hampshire workers stay at work, return to work, or get ready for work. Given these tough economic times, New Hampshire is actively creating opportunities for workers to obtain skills upgrades.

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03/25/10 07:43AM

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