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A blog from Marie Moss, Tennessee.

I found the information regarding increasing the integration of LMI information into the reemployment process in a participant friendly manner very exciting. 

A blog from Gloria Neal, Mississippi

This is my first blog!  What does it say about me that I encourage the use of technology to expand and improve services, yet I don't know how to blog?!! Next I'll tackle facebook and Twitter!

As always, the conference has been an excellent opportunity to learn here, and will definitely be following up with peers in the region to learn more about their best practices.  Also appreciate Melanie Shay and her patience and support in putting together the workshops.  Hope we will have other opportunities to meet and share.   

Will Miles from Florida

Thanks Brad for the opportunity to give the ISS presentation.  99% of the attendees were satisfied with the presentation... I wish I knew who the long ranger was...
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Message from Lois Scott from Florida AWI

I just wanted to say how much I appreciate the sessions, great sharing of information, and I promote additional meetings of this nature to review and comment on proposed legislation for trade and WIA reauthorization. 

Message from Manfred Emmrich of North Carolina Employment Security Commission

I thought the Mississippi presentation on customer service was outstanding.  I even informally offered Barbara Hicks a job in North Carolina but she couldn't accept at this time.

A Blog from Michael Stumpff, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

We have an innovative training program at the Chattanooga State Technical Community College, called the Building and Construction Institute of the Southeast (BCIS). BCIS is a collaboration between secondary education, the community college, Registered Apprenticeship, the Local Workforce Investment Board (LWIB), Construction Industry partners and the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. For more information, please visit the Institute's website.
Welcome to Georgia from Ann Shirra and the Georgia Department of Labor! 

It's been great to see so many old friends and new faces.  The session on the new Trade Act was wonderful.  Great opportunities for workers and employers.  I'm looking forward to the state sessions this afternoon where we can figure out how to make all these new programs work together. 

Editor's note: This is a blog post from Lauren Fairley-Wright (photo above), ETA National Office and Rebecca Sarmiento, ETA Dallas Regional Office. This post and future blog posts published the first Tuesday of the month discuss Skills Assessments.


ARRA funded activities authorized under WIA and Wagner-Peyser encourages states to consider how assessment and data-driven career counseling can be integrated into service strategies that support training and job search activities in anticipation of economic and job growth.

To facilitate information sharing between workforce colleagues, we invite you to post innovative practices and/or strategies you are using related to the effective use of assessments in your local area, state or region.

Consider sharing information on the following:

  • What assessment tools have you found to be effective and why?  Example Answer: O*NET Interest Profiler because we can tailor it to each customer.  Staff finds it user-friendly.
  • For what purpose do you use the assessment tool?  Example Answer: Career Exploration
  • For which type of customers is the tool administered to?  Example Answer: Out of School Youth (14-19 yrs)
  • Do you feel the assessment tools you are using are effective in aligning customers’ job search activities with labor market information in your local, state or regional area? Why?

Blog from Kathy Pierce, LWIA 1, Tennessee

The Region 3 Recovery and ReEmployment Forum has been terrific.  This has been an opportunity to learn from colleagues and subject matter experts in the Region to enable workforce professionals to transform our system.  With the passage of ARRA, reauthorization of  WIA and amendment of TAA, we are at a critical juncture in workforce development, and the need to enhance our partnerships and share information is more critical than ever.

The policy guidance on TAA was excellent and will enable us to be better prepared for the change.

I particularly appreciated Mr Uhalde's session on WIA reauthorization - thanks for listening.  

Finally, thanks to Dr. Parker and the Region 3 staff for arranging this forum - it has been very productive and will help in the regional strategic planning for our Workforce Board.    

Lane Kelly, Region 3 - ETA

You are invited to share your comments and suggestions on coming up with a new methodology for providing training.  Over the past couple years, with travel fund cutbacks,webinars have been the most widely used mode of training.  With all of the ARRA requirements and instructions constantly coming out related to reporting and major policy changes to programs -- like Trade --how can we keep up?  Can anyone help me keep organized?  Do you like the webinar format?  Is it enough?
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