Job Preparation and Employment

Employment is a key component of welfare reform, and this section provides assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families on how to support TANF participants and low income families in moving from welfare to work.

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Never Give Up on Your Dreams, December 2014

The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program had a successful annual grantee meeting, "Building Pathways to a Brighter Future," which included a success story shared by an HPOG student.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/blog/2014/12/never-give-up-on-your-dreams


Recent Pickup in Job Growth Is Reflected in State Job Numbers, December 2014

The Economic Policy Institute published this report, which discusses the recent increase in employment throughout the United States. The report features an interactive tool for viewers to compare any state's unemployment rate against the rate of the Great Recession period.

For more information, please see: http://www.epi.org/publication/recent-pickup-in-job-growth-is-reflected-in-state-job-numbers/


Labor Force Participation: Recent Developments and Future Prospects, September 2014

The Federal Reserve Board released a report that explores the ongoing decline of the labor force participation rate in the United States. The report provides analyses of the sources that may have contributed to the decline in the participation rate over the last decade and outlines a number of policy implications.

For more information, please see: http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/feds/2014/201464/201464pap.pdf


National Dialogue on Career Pathways -- Web Cast Archive, September 2014

This National Dialogue on Career Pathways event was a one-day convening of practitioners, advocates, and policymakers to discuss how all sectors can take action to advance the skills and credentials of American workers. Now, you can hear the presentations from leaders in the field such as Judy Mortrude, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and FastTRAC; Dr. Ricardo Estrada, Instituto del Progreso Latino in Chicago, Illinois; Shauna King-Simms, Kentucky Community and Technical College System; and Elizabeth Creamer, Advisor for Workforce Development, Office of Virginia Governor Terence R. McAuliffe.

For more information, please see: http://www.dol.gov/NationalDialogue/webcast-archive.htm


Moving Pathways Forward: Supporting Career Pathways Integration, August 2014

The Literacy Information and Communication Systems (LINC) Initiative, under the U.S. Department of Education established the Moving Pathways Forward: Supporting Career Pathways initiative to assist States in advancing career pathways systems that support low-skilled adults who are transitioning to postsecondary education and employment. This three-year initiative provides career pathways resources for interested stakeholders, as well as offer technical assistance to States.

For more information, please see: https://lincs.ed.gov/programs/movingpathways


Webinar: Investing in Youth and the Community: Summer Youth Employment Programs, May 2014

On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, the Office of Family Assistance's Peer TA Network, along with partners from the U.S. Departments of Labor, and Housing and Urban Development, hosted the Investing in Youth and the Community: Summer Youth Employment Programs Webinar. This Webinar explored emerging initiatives, partnerships, and strategies for implementing summer youth employment programs. The Webinar highlighted federal, state, private, and public services available to engage youth in summer employment, while also providing TANF-serving organizations and other stakeholders with the opportunity to learn how to engage various partners in support of summer youth employment activities. Presenters included representatives from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Brandeis University's Center for Youth and Communities, and the Denver Public Housing Authority's Youth Employment Academy.

As a followup to this presentation, OFA created a series of Summer Youth Employment Program Profiles – providing more in-depth information on the background, program model, lessons learned, outcomes, and successes for a number of programs engaging youth in summer employment. These profiles highlight the activities of the City of Richmond, Department of Employment and Training's YouthWORKS Division; the City of Buffalo, Buffalo Employment and Training Center; and the Denver Housing Authority's Youth Employment Academy.



Program Profile: City of Richmond, Department of Employment and Training's YouthWORKS Division [PDF - 350 KB]

Program Profile: Buffalo Employment and Training Center [PDF - 198 KB]

Program Profile: Denver Housing Authority [PDF - 227 KB] Powerpoint Presentation [PDF - 4,209 KB]

Webinar transcript [PDF - 815 KB]

Audio Recording [MP3 - 41,664 KB]


Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis, April 2014

The Pew Charitable Trusts released an interactive resource that allows users to sort and analyze data related to various fiscal, economic, and demographic trends in the 50 States. Users may browse data related to state revenue, spending, economy and people, long-term costs, and fiscal policy.

For more information, please see: http://www.pewstates.org/research/data-visualizations/fiscal-50-state-trends-and-analysis-85899523649?utm_campaign=2014-04-30%20PNN.html&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua&elq=11682d6d252a4b7b916b1b38


Scaling "Stackable Credentials": Implications for Implementation and Policy, March 2014

The Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success at CLASP released a paper that explores "stackable credentials," which is defined by the Department of Labor as a series of credentials that accumulate to build an individual's qualifications for advancement on a career pathway. The paper discusses some of the barriers to acquiring multiple educational and occupations credentials, pulling from data collected in Kentucky, Oregon, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The paper also outlines the ways in which these states are working to increase credential attainment for their residents.

For more information, please see: http://www.clasp.org/resources-and-publications/files/2014-03-21-Stackable-Credentials-Paper-FINAL.pdf


The Effects of a Minimum Wage Increase on Employment and Family Income, February 2014

The Congressional Budget Office released a report that outlines the effects of increasing the minimum wage on low-wage workers. The authors maintain that the increase in minimum wage would lift some families above the federal poverty threshold, but would also eliminate some currently available jobs for low-wage workers.

For more information, please see: http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/44995-MinimumWage.pdf


"Interactive Statistics Tool" BLS Statistics by Occupation, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a spotlight web feature that provides statistics about wages and jobs in the United States. The feature pulls data from the Occupational Employment Statistics program and emphasizes STEM jobs. Users are able to view spotlight occupational data by required educational level.

For more information, please see: http://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2014/occupations/home.htm


Advances in Workforce Policy: Insights from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Training Grants, 2014

The National Governor's Association released a report that examines 50 top-tier grantees of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The report includes themes from the grantees' experiences and lessons learned, as well as innovative ways to better serve the unemployed, dislocated workers, and incumbent workers.

For more information, please see: http://www.nga.org/files/live/sites/NGA/files/pdf/2014/1407AdvancesinWorkforcePolicy.pdf


BLS Statistics by Occupation, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a spotlight web feature that provides statistics about wages and jobs in the United States. The feature pulls data from the Occupational Employment Statistics program and emphasizes STEM jobs. Users are able to view spotlight occupational data by required educational level.

For more information, please see: http://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2014/occupations/home.htm


Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a guide on occupations in the United States. Users may filter by pay amount, education level, and projected number of open jobs.

For more information, please see: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/


Grant Opportunity for Youth Career Connect, December 2013

The Department of Labor announced the Youth Career Connect initiative that will provide up to $100 million in grant funds to 25 to 40 grantees using funding from H-1B fees. Eligible entities include local education agencies, public or non-profit local workforce entities, or non-profits with education reform experience. This grant is to be used to help high school students understand the importance of education and technical training for specific high-growth industries and occupations as a means for long-term success in the world of work. The application deadline is January 27, 2014.

For more information, please see: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=247913


November Unemployment Rate Declines, Payroll Employment Increases, December 2013

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released an Employment Situation Summary showing that the unemployment rate declined from 7.3 percent to 7.0 percent in November 2013, and total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 203,000. Employment increased in transportation and warehousing, health care, and manufacturing.

For more information, please see: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm


Healthy Relationships, Employment, and Reentry, November 2013

The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families released a brief, authored by the National Transitional Jobs Network, on healthy relationships, employment, and reentry. This brief provides an overview of the evidence supporting the interrelatedness of employment, healthy relationships, family well-being, and recidivism. It also gives the perspectives of expert program practitioners who are successfully integrating programming related to employment, prison reentry, healthy relationships, and responsible fatherhood. Finally, this brief offers program and policy recommendations for leveraging the positive impacts of healthy relationships on employment and reentry and vice versa.

For more information, please see: http://tinyurl.com/reentry-brief-r


Broadband in the Labor Market: The Impact of Residential High Speed Internet on Married Women's Labor Force Participation, September 2013

The Federal Reserve Board released a paper investigating how high-speed home Internet has impacted married women's labor force participation. Results indicate that married women who use the Internet are more likely to participate in the labor force. The study found that increases in participation are concentrated on women with higher levels of education and children. The results suggest home Internet facilitates work-family balance for highly educated women.

For more information, please see: http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/feds/2013/201365/201365pap.pdf


Featured Podcast Series: Tanana Chiefs Conference - Operating a Tribal TANF Subsidized Employment Program, September 2013

In June 2012, the WPTA Network collaborated with Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) to learn about their subsidized employment program and their efforts around data collection. The Tanana Chiefs Conference Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is called the Athabascan Self-Sufficiency Assistance Partnership (ASAP), which provides services to the Tribal members of 37 federally recognized Tribes in Alaska. These Tribal members face several challenges living primarily in very isolated rural communities with limited roads, infrastructure, and jobs.

Operating a Tribal TANF Subsidized Employment Program
This podcast features Tanana Chiefs' subsidized employment program, which was initially started with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding and brought more than 160 people on the welfare rolls and gave them the opportunity to attain employment. TCC's success convinced the State of Alaska to expand its use of State funds and invest them to continue the program.

View the Podcast Here


Mutually Beneficial Partnerships: Lessons from Two Research/Practice Partnership Projects, September 2013

On September 17, 2013, the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) and two Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) University Partnership grantees (both initiatives of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) co-hosted a webinar titled Mutually Beneficial Partnerships: Lessons from Two Research/Practice Partnership Projects. The webinar began with an overview of the SSRC and OPRE's HPOG research and evaluation portfolio. Featured presenters include Dr. Janet Boguslaw, Principal Investigator of Study of Employment, Retention and Advancement Opportunities for Racial, Ethnic and Linguistic Minorities, and Dr. Philip Hong, Principal Investigator of Evaluation of Empowerment Pathways to Self-Sufficiency in Health Professions Career Development for Low-Income Individuals. Both Dr. Boguslaw and Dr. Hong presented an overview of their HPOG University Partnership projects and discussed their collaboration with their HPOG program partners. Materials from the webinar, including the recording, PowerPoint, transcript, and questions and answers discussed, are available on the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse.

For more information, please see: https://www.opressrc.org/content/mutually-beneficial-partnerships-lessons-two-researchpractice-partnership-projects


Providing Effective Follow-Up Services for Youth, September 2013

The development of an individualized follow-up service plan is an important aspect to help youth successfully transition to employment or further education. This Workforce3 One Webinar focused on the requirements, challenges and effective practices for follow-up services in youth workforce programs. The webinar emphasized creating a well-prepared follow-up strategy to provide an opportunity for staff to continue his/her partnerships with the participant and with key organizations to help youth meet their objectives.

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Regions I, II and III Tri-Regional Technical Assistance Meeting, September 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Regions I, II and III hosted representatives from 14 States in the Northeast region at the 2013 Tri-Regional Technical Assistance Meeting entitled "Developing an Exit Strategy for Leaving TANF on the Pathway to Family Stability." This meeting was held on September 17-19, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) stakeholders were brought together to engage with peers on innovative strategies and collaborations to promote economic and social well-being for individuals, families and communities. State and territory representatives shared strategies they are utilizing to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. In addition to peer networking and dialogue with ACF and OFA leadership, experts from the field presented on topics ranging from the intersection of learning disabilities and TANF families, to maximizing collaborations to improve TANF program outcomes.



Arkansas – Helping Low-Income Parents [PDF - 130 KB]

Participant List

Welcome Letter

Agenda [PDF - 306 KB]

Current ACF-196 Categories [PDF - 79 KB]

Copy of 196r forms [PDF - 295 KB]

Region I, II, III States FY 2012 Expenditures [PDF - 349 KB]

Revised ACF 196r Instructions [PDF - 503 KB]

TANF Information Memorandum [PDF - 107 KB]

ASSET Initiative Partnership (AIP) - Overview [PDF - 287 KB]

Strengthening Asset-Building Partnerships & Improving Asset-Building Outcomes [PDF - 727 KB]

Promising Strategy: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Charitable !ssistance to Community's Homeless, Inc. (C!TCH Program) [PDF - 620 KB]

Making Effective Use of TANF to End Family Homelessness [PDF - 573 KB]

Housing Stability [PDF - 464 KB]

Mercer County Case Study [PDF - 575 KB]

Utah Road Home Case Study [PDF - 495 KB]

Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative Case Study [PDF - 729 KB]

IFA Press Release [PDF - 219 KB]

Arkansas Department of Higher Education - Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative [PDF - 1,915 KB]

APHSA - The National Workgroup on Integration [PDF - 237 KB]

Removing Barriers, Building Savings [PDF - 1,963 KB]

Domestic Violence PPT [PDF - 276 KB]

DC TANF Redesign [PDF - 1,306 KB]

Year Up [PDF - 1,444 KB]

KISRA [PDF - 3,743 KB]

Speaker Biographies [PDF - 286 KB]


Regions V and VII Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Priority Update Meeting, September 2013

On September 10-11, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance hosted the Regions V & VII TANF Priority Update Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. Representatives from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin met to network and share lessons learned and promising practices and to seek guidance from Federal and Regional staff in a number of different areas, including: planning to implement TANF EBT requirements, understanding the implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, addressing homelessness through TANF, utilizing data to inform program practices, developing career pathways for TANF participants, and discussing key TANF issues with Federal ACF leadership.

View Agenda [PDF - 668 KB]

View Final Report [PDF - 1,150 KB]

View Participant List [PDF - 639 KB]

View Speaker Biographies [PDF - 628 KB]

View ACF Marketplace 101 [PDF - 1,646 KB]

View Adult Education Programs PP [PDF - 390 KB]

View ACF's Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium (FSSRC) PP [PDF - 405 KB]

View Strong Families Make a Strong Kansas PP [PDF - 1,184 KB]

View Jobs to Careers PP [PDF - 411 KB]

View Career Pathways PP [PDF - 1,205 KB]

View EBT Access and Restrictions PP [PDF - 529 KB]

View TANF Employment and Training Requirements/PATH PP [PDF - 881 KB]

View Minnesota Rebuild-- Refocusing on Work PP [PDF - 231 KB]

View Missouri Temporary Assistance Program PP [PDF - 482 KB]

View Developing Demand-Driven Career Pathways for Low-Income Individuals and TANF Participants PP [PDF - 894 KB]

View A Study of TANF Work Participation and Engagement PP [PDF - 113 KB]


Skimming for Skills, September 2013

The Employment Training Administration released a guide of relevant sources that will allow individuals to shed light on labor or skill shortages, skill mismatches, and skill deficiencies. Skimming for Skills provides links to surveys, reports, and customized data tools. Each entry notes whether the survey or source supplies information on current or projected employment, job openings, occupational or industry data, and earnings. Skill-related topics include information on the education, training or skills required for jobs; educational attainment; educational field (e.g., college major) or coursework; and the skills individuals possess, including skill assessments. Each entry also lists availability at the national, State or local level, and the time period covered. For the user's convenience, the numerous skill-related sources are classified by those pertaining to adults, postsecondary students, secondary students, and longitudinal surveys that span ages from student to adult. The guide concludes with a list of supplementary resources for understanding occupational, industry and instructional classification codes; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classifications; and other sources on State and local workforce data and how to use it.

For more information, please see: https://winwin.workforce3one.org/view/Skimming_for_Skills_Finding_Skills_Data/info


Stimulating Opportunity: An Evaluation of ARRA - Funded Subsidized Employment Programs, September 2013

The Economic Mobility Corporation released a new report titled, "Stimulating Opportunity: An Evaluation of ARRA-Funded Subsidized Employment Programs." Major findings from this report include: subsidized employment programs can have a significant impact on low-income job seekers' employment and earnings, employers created jobs that would not have existed otherwise, the long-term unemployed experienced large employment and earnings gained, and the subsidized programs also benefited participants with significant barriers to employment. The report continues to demonstrate the value-add and need for solutions such as subsidized employment and transitional jobs in communities.

For more information, please see: http://economicmobilitycorp.org/uploads/stimulating-opportunity-full-report.pdf


Subsidized Employment Helps Long-Term Unemployed Reconnect to Workforce, September 2013

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in August 2013, 4.3 million workers were long-term unemployed, meaning that they had been jobless for 27 weeks or more. Even as the overall unemployment rate is slowly falling, these workers are finding themselves shut out from job opportunities. Others are giving up on ever finding employment and are retiring early, despite still being fit for years of productive work. As has been well established, long-term unemployment has lasting negative consequences for the workers, their families and communities, and society as a whole.

For more information, please see: http://www.clasp.org/issues/pages?type=employment_strategies&id=0013


The Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness, September 2013

The Foundation for Reentry and Employment Project released the Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies white paper, which provides guidance to policymakers, agency and program administrators, and practitioners working in the reentry and workforce development fields on how to develop collaborative projects and maximize their investments aimed at shared public safety and workforce development goals.

To view this white paper, please see: http://csgjusticecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Final.Reentry-and-Employment.pp_.pdf


U.S. Department of Labor Grants to Five States for Initiative to Help the Unemployed Get Back to Work, September 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of five grants totaling $400,000 to California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Kentucky. The grants are part of the department's Reemployment Connections initiative, an effort to better integrate the Unemployment Insurance program with the broader workforce system in order to improve the reemployment outcomes for Unemployment Insurance claimants and other job seekers.

To view this announcement, please see: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/eta20132009.htm

These grants are awarded in partnership with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, and they are funded through the Workforce Investment Act. For more information about Reemployment Con: http://rc.workforce3one.org/getting-ready-to-apply


Employment and Unemployment Among Youth in the Summer of 2013, August 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics released an economic news release on the summer youth labor force for the summer of 2013. From April to July 2013, the number of employed youth 16 to 24 years old increased by 2.1 million to 19.7 million. This year, the share of young people employed in July was 50.7 percent. Unemployment among youth rose by 692,000 from April to July 2013, compared with an increase of 836,000 for the same period in 2012.

For more information, please see: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/youth_08202013.htm


Long-term Unemployment Over Men's Careers, August 2013

The United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report that examined long-term unemployment (more than 27 weeks), entry into and out of long-term spells of unemployment, and the effect of long-term unemployment on average wages. The period of study covered the mid-1980s through 2009. More than 22 percent of the men in the study experienced at least one long-term spell of unemployment from their labor market entry through 2009. On average, the first long-term unemployment spell lasted 55 weeks. The majority of men eventually found another job, although the average hourly wage declined more than 17 percent from two years before the beginning of the first long-term unemployment spell to the year after it began. Hourly wages began to trend upwards in the years following the first long-term unemployment spell. However, four years after onset of the first long-term unemployment spell, average hourly wages were still at seven percent below what they were four years before the spell began.

For more information, please see: http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-2/long-term-unemployment-over-mens-careers.htm


Innovations and Future Directions for Workforce Development in the Post-Recession Era, July 2013

The Urban Institute held a roundtable with experts representing a diverse range of perspectives on U.S. workers. They were charged with informing a broad workforce policy agenda that would reflect the nation's changing economic and government landscape. The experts set out to explore innovative approaches to meeting employer demand for skilled workers, and to address unemployment. This report highlights the workforce innovations and practices that attendees felt held both the most promise and the most challenges for ensuring a more effective U.S. workforce system.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412884-Innovations-and-Future-Directions-for-Workforce-Development.pdf


Who Are the Long-Term Unemployed?, July 2013

The Urban Institute released a report discussing the community of the long-term unemployed. Individuals who have been out of work for more than 26 weeks (the long-term unemployed) tend to be less educated and are more likely to be non-white, unmarried, disabled, impoverished, and to have worked previously in the construction industry and construction occupations. The long-term unemployed have much more in common with workers who are newly unemployed and workers who have become discouraged and dropped out of the labor force. This suggests that solutions to long-term unemployment may be effective for other workers who have experienced other forms of labor market distress.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412885-who-are-the-long-term-unemployed.pdf


Exploring the Digital Nation: America's Emerging Online Experience, June 2013

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration released a report based on data from the Census Bureau's July 2011 Current Population Survey (CPS) Computer and Internet Use Supplement. This study presents data collected from 53,000 households, reporting on American's online activities from job searching and training, to other research. The report shows that widespread Internet use benefits society.

For more information, please see: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/exploring_the_digital_nation_-_americas_emerging_online_experience.pdf


Literature Review: Career Pathways Programs, June 2013

Under the auspices of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation and the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Implementation, Systems and Outcomes Project, this paper summarizes the existing research on career pathways programs and their outcomes. Program designs and methods of implementation are examined, and a review of existing outcome and impact studies is presented. Finally, suggestions are given for future research, in particular the HPOG National Evaluation.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/cp_lit_review_final_62613_edits.pdf


Model Program for Long-Term Career Advancement of Low-Income Adults, June 2013

MDRC released a policy brief titled, "WorkAdvance: Testing a New Approach to Increase Employment Advancement for Low-Skilled Adults." This policy brief details a new skills-building model designed to help low-income adults prepare for, enter, and succeed in obtaining quality jobs in high-demand fields with opportunities for career growth. It applies known strategies in sector-based employment programs and combines them with promising practices from career coaching once participants are placed into jobs.

For more information, please see: http://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/WorkAdvance_Brief.pdf


New Day, New Way: Workforce System Certification Toolkit and Service Mapping Training, June 2013

On behalf of The U.S. Department of Labor, the Social Policy Research Associates and AHA Consulting released a toolkit that describes Oklahoma's Workforce System Certification process – a Governor-backed initiative to encourage voluntary collaboration across partners to create a shared vision for local economic needs and strategies to meet them. This toolkit presents six useful steps: system building, standards and measures, the review process, a self-assessment tool, certification application, and lessons learned from three pilot areas.

For more information, please see: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/2001319242547292051


Tangled Up in Data? – Putting Workforce Data to Work in Employment and Education Programs, June 2013

This U.S. Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Webinar showed individuals how to use workforce data to identify growing and in-demand jobs, to determine which of them are good jobs, and ascertain what preparatory education and training are needed to qualify for them. The webinar identifies some of the best multi-purpose e-tools that incorporate workforce data, job ads, and other job-related information in one place -- including a new resource that explains what kind of information is available from different e-tools.

For more information, please see: https://www.workforce3one.org/ws/www/Folders/3001311941231487691/webinar.htm


We've Got Your Numbers –- Key Workforce Trends, June 2013

The U.S. Employment and Training Administration (ETA) released a series of tables and charts to track key workforce trends in employment, unemployment, earnings, and educational attainment, covering the entire labor force as well as data for youth and older workers, gender, race (including Native Americans), Hispanic origin, persons with disabilities, veterans, and foreign-born workers. Each posting includes 1) a spreadsheet showing annual statistics for as far back as consistent data exist, 2) one or more charts, and 3) a narrative explanation of highlights and trends. This series is primarily intended to assist State and local employment program staff, but should also be useful to grant applicants and recipients, the public, educators, policymakers, and Federal program staff.

For more information, please see: https://winwin.workforce3one.org/view/4001315159019850624/info


Work Advance – Testing a New Approach to Increase Employment Advancement for Low-Skilled Adults, June 2013

MDRC released a new policy brief that discusses a new skills-building model designed to help low-income adults prepare for, enter, and succeed in quality jobs in high-demand fields with opportunities for career growth. WorkAdvance uses strategies found in sector-based employment programs, combined with career coaching after participants are placed into jobs.

For more information, please see: http://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/WorkAdvance_Brief.pdf?utm_source=MDRC+Updates&utm_campaign=510bb22309-New_from_MDRC_June_20_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_504d5ac165-510bb22309-34935481


Profiles of Organizations Working to Improve Job Quality, May 2013

This report from Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative discusses the challenges of work in the direct-care, residential construction, restaurant and retail industries. It includes profiles of organizations and describes the strategies they are using to improve job quality in these industries.

For more information, please see: http://www.aspenwsi.org/2013/05/02/release-job-quality-reports/


ETA's New E-Tool Features and Enhancements, April 2013

The Department of Labor (DOL) Employment & Training Administration (ETA) released new features and enhancements to its range of online electronic tools (E-tools) to assist individuals in exploring careers, and preparing for and finding employment. ETA's E-tools help individuals explore career opportunities and link to job postings to make informed employment and education choices.

For more information, please see: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEN/TEN_29_12.pdf


The Office of Vocational and Adult Education Releases New Career Pathways Brief on Employer Engagement, April 2013

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) has recently released the Engaging Employers to Support Adult Career Pathways Programs issue brief as part of their ongoing effort to support the development of high-quality Adult Career Pathway (ACP) programs. The new issue brief provides strategies and promising practices that support States and programs tackling the issue of employer engagement.

For more information, please see: http://www.acp-sc.org/wp-content/themes/cp/assets/downloads/Policy_Brief_Engaging_Employers.pdf


What We Know About Workforce Development for Low-Income Workers: Evidence, Background, and Ideas for the Future, National Poverty Center, April 2013

The National Poverty Center released a working paper bibliography summarizing research on the structure and effectiveness of workforce development programs. The paper covers evidence on the overall effectiveness of job training and other active labor market programs, several proposals to improve them, and the impact of the Great Recession on workforce development in the U.S. It also discusses the growing skills and earnings gaps between rich and poor Americans, and provides evidence on training and advancement programs.

For more information, please see: http://npc.umich.edu/publications/u/2013-09-npc-working-paper.pdf


Workforce System Strategies – Community Colleges and Workforce Partnerships, April 2013

Workforce One developed the Workforce System Strategies' Community Colleges and Workforce Partnership resource page. This page provides research sources related to education and training for unemployed and underemployed adults, with topics and target populations ranging from Community Colleges, Career Pathways, Limited Skills, and Online Trainings.

For more information, please see: http://strategies.workforce3one.org/news/view/community-colleges-and-workforce-partnerships


Advancing in America's Lower-Wage Workforce: Employer and Worker Perspectives, March 2013

The Associated Press and National Opinion Research Center's (NORC) Center for Public Affairs released a report on a two-part study conducted to better understand how lower-wage workers and employers think about jobs and opportunities for advancing workers' careers. This study revealed six critical issues with the potential to inform the policy conversation around investments in America's new economy and the workers who help drive it.

For more information, please see: http://www.apnorc.org/PDFs/Wages/AP_NORC_Low%20Wage%20Earners_Final.pdf


Connecting At-Risk Youth to Promising Occupations, March 2013

The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation released a brief that examines promising occupations for at-risk youth that features sufficient compensation and could put them on a path to becoming independent adults. Key features are used to identify promising occupations, and based on these criteria, opportunities in two fields are highlighted -- health care and construction. A number of work-based learning and career pathway programs are also discussed, including the Administration for Children and Families' Health Profession Opportunity Grants program.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/connect_at_risk.pdf


Funding Career Pathways and Career Pathways Bridges: A Federal Funding Toolkit for States, March 2013

This toolkit, developed by CLASP, is aimed at States who are interested in developing a career pathways or career pathways bridge program. Key components of each type of program are discussed as well as Federal funding sources that can be used to develop and implement a program. Additionally, suggestions are given for policy or programmatic actions States can take to help fully fund a career pathways program. This toolkit acts as a primer for State representatives and would be particularly useful to TANF stakeholders looking to design and fund a career pathways program.

For more information, please see: http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/CPToolkit2012_V1R4.pdf


Innovative City and State Funding Approaches to Supporting Subsidized Employment and Transitional Jobs, March 2013

This joint paper by the National Transitional Jobs Network at Heartland Alliance and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) provides suggestions and examples of innovative funding strategies for subsidized job programs to cities, States, and other public-sector entities that are considering or have decided to implement or expand subsidized employment programming. In particular, the paper may be helpful to sites that operate subsidized employment programs under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Fund and are interested in building on that experience but can no longer access TANF funds at the previous scale. The paper analyzes these strategies and makes recommendations based on prior successes.

For more information, please see: http://www.bigideasforjobs.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/2a_Warland-Young-Lower-Basch_Transitional-Jobs-Report.pdf


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Releases the New Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9, March 2013

A revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 is now available from USCIS. The revision provides additional instructions to employees and employers and includes new fields and form revisions to reduce errors. USCIS has also created free Webinars to help employers learn more about the new form. All employers must use this new form as of May 7, 2013.

Click here to download the I-9 form


Updated Resource for States: Toolkit on Federal Funding for Career Pathways, March 2013

CLASP has released an updated resource entitled, Funding Career Pathways and Career Pathway Bridges: A Federal Funding Toolkit. This toolkit is designed to help interagency State teams identify and facilitate 'braiding' of Federal resources to build career pathways for adults and out-of-school youth. This new edition includes State and local examples and revised program profiles reflecting critical legislative and administrative changes to key Federal programs. A new appendix identifies ten Federal funding sources that can be used to provide a wide range of support services.

For more information, please see: http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/CPToolkit2012_V1R4.pdf For more information, please see: http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/CPToolkit2012_V1R4.pdf


Young Adult Employment, March 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report on young adult employment. This report indicates that young adult's employment varies by education. Highlights from the study reveal that at age 25, people with more education were more likely to be employed than people with less education. Among people who had completed a bachelor's degree or more education and were no longer enrolled in school, 91 percent were employed in civilian jobs during October when age 25, in comparison to the 60 percent of high school dropouts who were employed in civilian jobs in the October they were age 25.

For more information, please see: http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130307.htm


Steady Gains on the Path to Recovery, February 2013

The United States Department of Labor's (DOL) job report for February 2013 shows solid, steady growth in jobs. The economy added 157,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in January 2013, while the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.9 percent. January's report marks 35 consecutive months of private sector job growth totaling more than 6.1 million jobs. It also shows that the economy gained 2.25 million private sector jobs in 2012.

For more information, please see: http://social.dol.gov/blog/steady-gains-on-the-path-to-recovery/


2012: A Strong Year of Consistent Growth, January 2013

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) released an article addressing the steady gains that have occurred across different sectors of the economy for the past three years. The Jobs Report marks 34 straight months of private sector job growth, which have added close to 5.8 million jobs to the economy. To close off 2012, December finished a strong year of consistent growth with an average increase of around 160,000 private sector jobs per month.



To view article, please see: http://social.dol.gov/blog/2012-a-strong-year-of-consistent-growth/

To view Jobs Report, please see: http://bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm


Workforce Data Podcasts Now Available, January 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration has issued six new Quick-Lesson Podcasts to help individuals find and use workforce statistics on unemployment, worker dislocation, projections, industries, the economy, and states and localities. The podcasts presume no previous subject matter or statistical knowledge, making it accessible for a broad variety of audiences and purposes. Each presentation includes basic definitions, a brief historical background, links to the most important data sources, and practical tips on how to interpret and use the data.

To obtain transcripts and listen to podcasts, please visit: https://winwin.workforce3one.org/view/New_QuickLesson_Podcast_Series/info


America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow's Jobs, 2013

The National Governors' Association (NGA) announced a new year-long initiative, detailed in the brief, "America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow's Jobs." The initiative will concentrate on improvement of the education and workforce training systems, as well as alignment of those systems with the needs of individual State economies.

For more information, please see: http://www.nga.org/files/live/sites/NGA/files/pdf/2013/CI1314AmericaWorks.pdf


E-Verify Employee Rights Toolkit, 2013

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has an online Employee Rights Toolkit. This toolkit comes in both English and Spanish and is designed to increase awareness about employee rights in the employment eligibility process. It contains a variety of educational materials such as employee rights videos, flyers, and posters.

To view this toolkit in its entirety, please see: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify


Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People, 2013

The Center for Economic and Policy Research released the book, Getting Back to Full Employment, a follow-up to a book written a decade ago titled, The Benefits of Full Employment in 2003. This new book builds on the evidence presented in The Benefits of Employment, showing that real wage growth for workers in the bottom half of the income scale is highly dependent on the overall rate of unemployment. The book also presents a broad set of policies designed to boost growth and get the unemployment rate down to a level where far more workers have a fighting chance of getting ahead.

For more information, please see: http://www.cepr.net/documents/Getting-Back-to-Full-Employment_20131118.pdf


Innovations in Welfare Policy: Building Successful Pathways, A Sector-Based, Career Advancement Model, 2013

Burst for Prosperity is an ongoing initiative of the Children's Home Society of Washington that is currently studying the challenges and trends in connecting low-income families with career pathways opportunities. This report comes out of the initiative and presents the Career Advancement Model which seeks to connect low-income individuals to sector based careers, driven by the labor market. The core components of this model are discussed, as well as suggested steps for implementing the model.

For more information, please see: http://www.chs-wa.org/uploadedFiles/Burst/Career%20Advancement%20White%20Paper%20-%20Jan%202013.pdf


Office of Family Assistance - Career Pathways: Catalog of Toolkits, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Family Assistance is proud to announce the launch of Career Pathways: Catalog of Toolkits, an online directory of free resources available for planning a Career Pathways initiative. Toolkits in this Catalog provide clear action steps for starting a Career Pathways initiative and help different sectors - education, workforce, human services, industry, and policy - learn to communicate with each other about resources and priorities.

Click here to access the toolkit.


One-Stop Shopping for Successful Reemployment Practices, 2013

Department of Labor's Workforce3One recently posted 20 Innovation in Action write-ups that were gathered from successful reemployment practices shared by States with the Employment and Training Administration. They include processes, procedures or systems implemented by States that have resulted in process improvements and/or resource or cost savings. The successful practices were identified either through objective measures or subjective methods such as expert opinions, and include a detailed description, contact information and related attachments.

To view these practices, please see: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/3001311252328410870


Taking Root: The Virginia Career Pathways System, 2013

In 2008, Virginia set out to design and implement a statewide career pathways initiative to better meet the needs of regional employers. This report is a case study of Virginia's experience and highlights lessons learned through the process. Virginia's system has garnered attention because it was developed with very little additional funding, a reality for many States in the current economy.

For more information, please see: http://old.vccs.edu/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=FAv9OkLwIgA%3d&tabid=76


Young People's Views on Literacy Skills and Employment, 2013

The National Literacy Trust released a report outlining the level of importance young individuals place on literacy skills in regards to their employment prospects. In addition to this, it briefly outlines the vital role that technology plays in the lives of young individuals and the degree to which this is linked to wider employment skills. A complementary report presents evidence on employers' views on literacy and employability.

To view the report, please see To view the complementary report, please see


Webinar: Maximizing Multiple Funding Streams to Improve Employment Outcomes, November 2012

On November 28, 2012, the Office of Family Assistance hosted the second Webinar in a series highlighting promising practices for building sustainable subsidized employment programs. This Webinar provided an overview of the available funding streams for subsidized employment programs; discussed the varied funding sources' requirements and restrictions and how they can be combined and leveraged; and outlined practical strategies used by peer agencies to create/expand subsidized employment programs for TANF participants and low-income workers. Presenters for this Webinar included representatives from MDRC, the Connecticut Department of Labor, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in Connecticut, and the Ohio Human Relations Council.

MMFS Webinar - Slides [PDF - 1,828 KB]

MMFS - Transcript [PDF - 320 KB]

MMFS - Q & A Responses [PDF - 133 KB]


The Response of the U.S. Public Workforce System to High Unemployment During the Great Recession, October 2012

This paper is a part of the Urban Institute's Unemployment and Recovery Project, an initiative to assess unemployment's effect on individuals, families, and communities; gauge government policies' effectiveness; and recommend policy changes to boost job creation, improve workers' job prospects, and support out-of-work Americans. This paper discusses the Great Recession and the high unemployment that followed, as well as how the workforce system responded to challenges, its performance over the past five years, and the adequacy of its funding system. It concludes that the American public policy response to the Great Recession was unbalanced and did not fully serve the immediate needs of unemployed workers by adequately funding reemployment and training services.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412679-The-Response-of-the-US-Public-Workforce-System-to-High-Unemployment.pdf


Economic Security for Extremely Vulnerable Families: Themes and Options for Workforce Development and Asset Strategies, September 2012

This recently released research study from the Urban Institute identifies promising approaches that could be implemented within the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Center for Economic Opportunity program to assist the most vulnerable families, of which families escaping domestic violence are included. The research indicates that programs can improve a vulnerable family's employability and savings; however, the most successful interventions are "high touch," longer in length than standard programs, and therefore, more expensive. Also highlighted is the importance of creating partnerships with healthcare providers, as this is often a significant barrier to stability for these families that remains unaddressed.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412699-Economic-Security-for-Extremely-Vulnerable-Families.pdf?RSSFeed=UI_Poverty,AssetsandSafetyNet.xml


Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals While Meeting Local Employer Needs, September 2012

On September 27, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, the Office of Family Assistance hosted the first Webinar in a series highlighting promising practices for building sustainable subsidized employment programs. This Webinar provided an overview of different types of subsidized employment programs that can work in different settings and with different types of employers; discussed the varied funding streams utilized and strategies for matching subsidized employment opportunities to local labor markets and employer needs; and outlined practical strategies used by peer agencies for creating targeted subsidized employment programs. Presenters for this webinar included representatives from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the Oregon Department of Human Services, the city and county of San Francisco Human Services Agency, and MDRC.



Webinar Slides [PDF - 2,655 KB]

Webinar Audio (with Slides) [MP4 - 114,611 KB]

Webinar Q &A [PDF - 179 KB]

Webinar Transcript [PDF - 317 KB]


OFA Regions V and VII TANF Priority Update Meeting, September 2012

On September 11-12, 2012, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) Regions V and VII convened State TANF program directors and other key stakeholders in Chicago, Illinois to strategically engage with peers on effectively providing services to families in a recovering economy and to brainstorm better ways to help TANF participants achieve self-sufficiency. The TANF Priority Update Meeting consisted of multiple sessions covering an array of topics, including: business process management; strategies to improve postsecondary career pathways for low-income workers; developing and sustaining employment entry, access, retention, and advancement for TANF participants and low-income clients; improving services and tracking outcomes for special populations; innovative strategies for client assessment and service coordination; and effective strategies for engaging workforce partners through summer youth employment and subsidized employment.

Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services [PDF - 1,905 KB]

Assessment and Case Management [PDF - 379 KB]

Best Practices for Developing and Sustaining [PDF - 617 KB]

Business Process Management [PDF - 218 KB]

Chicago Agenda [PDF - 495 KB]

Developing and Sustaining Employment Entry,Access, Retention [PDF - 812 KB]

Disparities Reduction Innovation Projects [PDF - 201 KB]

Employment Service Considerations for Adults with a Major Mental Illness Using TANF MFIP Services [PDF - 665 KB]

Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Project [PDF - 771 KB]

Maximizing WIA Youth Funds to Support Summer Youth Employment Initiatives [PDF - 897 KB]

Practical Strategies for Assessing Job Seekers for Employment [PDF - 850 KB]

The Functional Assessment [PDF - 867 KB]

Wisconsin W2 takeup study [PDF - 393 KB]

Final Summary Report [PDF - 1,172 KB]


Stackable Credentials Webinar, August 2012

The Office of Family Assistance hosted a Webinar on August 28, 2012 to provide Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) agencies, workforce organizations, and other human services stakeholders with an overview of the strategies that can be used to provide low-income individuals with stackable credentials that will lead to long-term, sustainable employment. The Webinar featured information on what stackable credentials and career pathways are and how they can help low-income individuals achieve success. Presenters also provided information on methods for stackable credential/career pathways program design, as well as methods for integrating these components into transitional jobs and subsidized employment programs, and encouraged collaboration between government agencies and community partners to better serve TANF participants. Presenters included representatives from Heartland Human Care Services - Heartland Alliance, the Minnesota FastTRAC Initiative, the New York City Parks Opportunity Program (POP), and the Edmonds Community College HPOG program - Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare (CATCH).

Stackable Credentials Webinar - Transcript [PDF - 349 KB]

Stackable Credentials Webinar - Q & A [PDF - 239 KB]

Stackable Credentials Webinar - PowerPoint Slides [PDF - 5,750 KB]


ACF/OFA Region IV and DOL-ETA Region III TANF and WIA: Strengthening Pathways to Employment Meeting, July 2012

In response to the technical assistance and program needs of States throughout the Southeast, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Region IV, and the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Region IIII, hosted a technical assistance meeting from July 24-26, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. This meeting allowed member States to work alongside their peers to outline specific challenges faced by TANF and WIA agencies and the families they serve and posit plausible peer-based solutions for moving low-income and working families toward economic self-sufficiency. State TANF and WIA directors and program staff also discussed ways to promote interagency collaboration. Topics included: engaging veterans and military families in the TANF and WIA systems; leveraging partnerships to strengthen subsidized employment and transitional job initiatives; developing demand-driven career pathways for low-income individuals and TANF participants; maximizing WIA youth and TANF funds to support summer youth employment initiatives; and improving skill-building for low-income individuals and TANF participants with barriers to employment.

Agenda [PDF - 390 KB]

Participant List [PDF - 211 KB]

Project HOPE [PDF - 1,312 KB]

Functional Capacity [PDF - 282 KB]

OCSE [PDF - 754 KB]

Righ Choice Program [PDF - 1,125 KB]

National Transitional Jobs Network [PDF - 182 KB]

Subsidized employment and transitional jobs: What we know from research [PDF - 398 KB]

South Central TN Workforce Alliance [PDF - 363 KB]

TANF in Georgia [PDF - 408 KB]

TANF 101 [PDF - 226 KB]

WIA: A Primer [PDF - 1,146 KB]

Final Summary Report [PDF - 1,236 KB]


Hard Evidence on Soft Skills, June 2012

The National Bureau of Economic Research released a paper summarizing recent evidence on what achievement tests measure; how achievement tests relate to other measures of cognitive ability; the important skills that achievement tests miss or mis-measure, and how much these skills matter in life. It discusses the inability to adequately capture soft skills – personality traits, goals, motivations, and preferences – that are valued in the labor market, schools, and in many other domains. The overarching message of the paper states that soft skills predict success in life, and that programs that enhance soft skills have an important place in an effective portfolio of public policies.

For more information, please see: http://www.nber.org/papers/w18121.pdf?new_window=1


Supporting Career Advancement for Low-Skill Adults, March 2012

The Connecticut Employment & Training Commission released a report describing the most prominent State strategies for building and promoting career pathways. These strategies were pulled from a review of literature on career advancement strategies for low-skilled workers over the last decade.

For more information, please see: https://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/OWC/CETC/Committees/Career/Supporting%20Career%20Advancement%20for%20Low-Skill%20Adults.pdf


Employment Program Models for People Experiencing Homelessness: Different Approaches to Program Structure, January 2012

This brief from the Transitional Jobs Network highlights a variety of models currently being used to connect homeless individuals with employment. Models highlighted include transitional jobs, individualized placement support, alternative staffing, customized employment, contextualized basic adult education, adult education bridge programs, and sector-based training. Within each model, a program example is provided for readers to better understand how the strategy is being used in the real world.

For more information, please see: http://www.heartlandalliance.org/ntjn/ntjn-weh-models-1-24-2012.pdf


Career Pathways and Cluster Skill Development: Promising Models from the United States, 2012

This report was developed for workforce development professions in the United Kingdom; however, it highlights career pathways and cluster programs in several States. From the profiles of the different programs, lessons learned and policy implications are drawn which are helpful to those in the U.S. wishing to replicate a career pathway model.

For more information, please see: http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/download/5k94g1s6f7td.pdf?expires=1379433561&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=8EBFF5ECCE1E8E8CFD2A892AE842F8B3


Integrated Employment, EmploymentFirst, and U.S. Federal Policy, 2012

This article provides a historical look at federal policy as it relates to the employment of people with disabilities over the last 40 years. Of particular interest to TANF stakeholders is the descriptions of integrated employment and EmploymentFirst, two strategies that the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has promoted to assist individuals with serious disabilities connect with work.

For more information, please see: http://www.dol.gov/odep/pdf/20130501-martinez.pdf


Joint Letter of Commitment, 2012

In April 2012, the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor released a letter endorsing the concept of "Career Pathways" as a promising approach to address the country's challenge of how to prepare workers of all skill levels to participate fully in the country's economic future. The Departments defined Career Pathways as a series of connected education and training strategies and support services that enable individuals to secure industry relevant certification and obtain employment within an occupational area and to advance to higher levels of future education and employment in that areaand encouraged the constituency of each Department to work together to create seamless systems that would result in workers gaining industry-recognized credentials and jobs with family-sustaining wages.

To view this letter, please see: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/ten-attachment.pdf


Recovery Act Labor Market Information Grants, 2012

In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expanded investment in States' labor market information (LMI) systems to help create new jobs, save existing ones, spur economic activity, and invest in long-term growth. As part of the Recovery Act funding for green jobs, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $50 million in State LMI improvement grants to 30 grantees, including 24 individual State workforce agencies and six consortia. The "Investing in Labor-Market Information (LMI): Insights from the Recovery Act LMI Grants" report describes experiences of nine selected grantees and presents lessons that may inform future efforts, while the "Investing in Labor-Market Information (LMI): A Summary of the State LMI Improvement Grants" summary offers information about grantees' goals, definitions of green jobs, partners and stakeholders, activities, products, and dissemination strategies.

To view this report, please see: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/publications/PDFs/labor/LMI_Insights.pdf To view this summary, please see: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/publications/PDFs/labor/LMI_Summary.pdf


Strengthening State Systems for Adult Learners: An Evaluation of the First Five Years of Shifting Gears, 2012

This report evaluated the progress of the Shifting Gears initiative, a privately funded initiative in six Midwestern States designed to encourage State policy change to better meet the education and training needs of low-skilled workers so that they may succeed in the labor market. The evaluation details the outcomes after five years of work, the impact of the core activities in each State, and the goals as the States move forward.

For more information, please see: http://www.joycefdn.org/assets/1/7/SG_Strengthening_State_Systems_Report_-_final.pdf


Effective Case Management: Key Elements and Practices from the Field, June 2011

Mathematica Policy Research prepared the "Effective Case Management: Key Elements and Practices from the Field" brief for the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. This brief provides examples of key elements and practices for effective case management in the workforce system. Examples of State and local tools, processes, and policies designed to create or improve case management are given. An additional annotated list of resources is also included.

For more information, please see: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/publications/pdfs/labor/case_management_brief.pdf


Career Pathways Toolkit, 2011

This toolkit, provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides a guide for States and localities interested in developing a career pathways initiative. The toolkit centers around six key elements that are essential to developing an initiative. Promising practices are highlighted, and specific tools are included in this step by step, user friendly resource for human service administrators.

For more information, please see: http://www.workforceinfodb.org/PDF/CareerPathwaysToolkit2011.pdf


America’s Youth at 21: School Enrollment, Training, and Employment Transitions Between Ages 20 and 21, January 2009

This report is from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was found that at age 21, women are more likely to be enrolled in college than men, and among 21-year-olds not enrolled in college, men are more likely than women to be employed in a civilian job or serving in the military.

For more information, please see: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/nlsyth.nr0.htm


Employment and Unemployment Among Youth, August 2007

The Bureau of Labor Statistics at the US Department of Labor provided this data on the number of employed youth in the United States. From April to July 2007, the number of employed youth ages 16 to 24 years old increased by 2.3 million to 21.7 million. Unemployment among youth increased by 548,000 between April and July, which was a lower rise than in 2006.

For more information, please see: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/youth.pdf


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Less-Educated Workers' Unstable Employment: Can the Safety Net Help?, March 2014

The Institute for Research on Poverty recently released a short report that provides an overview of the evidence on employment instability in the United States. The report also includes information about some opportunities and challenges facing policymakers and researchers interested in promoting employment stability in the current economic and political context.

For more information, please see: http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/fastfocus/pdfs/FF19-2014.pdf


Can Post-Employment Services Combined with Financial Incentives Improve Employment Retention for Welfare Recipients? Evidence from the Texas Employment Retention and Advancement Evaluation, April 2013

The National Institute for Research on Poverty released a discussion paper that presents a rigorous analysis of employment entry and exit effects using a fully-specified dynamic model of employment duration. The model accounts for non-random sorting into employment statuses through flexible specifications for duration dependence and unobserved heterogeneity. The paper outlined results that indicate that for the Corpus Christi site, short-term effects were due to both employment retention and employment entry. However, over time (as the program ceased operation), the retention effects faded out even though employment entry effects persisted and grew. The paper also discloses that, for the Fort Worth site, there were smaller effects overall and less evidence of impacts that lasted much beyond the program operation period.

For more information, please see: http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/dps/pdfs/dp141313.pdf


Eduployment: Creating Opportunity Policies for America's Youth, April 2013

This brief from the Youth Transition Funders Group highlights challenges in current policy related to youth education and employment and offers recommendations for change. The brief is targeted at policymakers and philanthropic organizations interested in funding youth employment and education initiatives. It emphasizes philanthropic collaboration as a means to shape the scope of future initiatives.

For more information, please see: http://www.ytfg.org/documents/eduployment.pdf


Podcast: CLIMB Wyoming, April 2013

In March of 2012, the WPTA Network collaborated with CLIMB Wyoming to learn more about their program's sustainability and successes with working with low-income single mothers through tailored job trainings and wrap-around services.

CLIMB Wyoming engages participants using a comprehensive wrap-around service that includes job training, wage reimbursement during on-the-job training, work tools, mental health counseling, life and parental skills classes, and ongoing support after job placement. This podcast highlights CLIMB Wyoming's job training, subsidized employment and wrap-around services for TANF participants. Staff from CLIMB Wyoming describes the job training services offered to low-income single mothers to prepare them for entry into high-demand, high-skill, and high-wage positions, as well as how CLIMB coordinates their various funding streams and partners to leverage the appropriate resources to support their program operations.

To view these podcasts, please see: CLIMB Wyoming Part One

CLIMB Wyoming Part Two


Podcast: Supporting Employment Empowerment (SEE) Hawaii Work, April 2013

In March of 2012, the WPTA Network collaborated with Supporting Employment Empowerment (SEE) Hawaii Work and the Hawaii Department of Human Services to learn more about their private-public partnerships between their working participants and local employers.

SEE Hawaii Work's (SEE) mission is to provide employment for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) participants while meeting the labor market needs of private employers. SEE Hawaii Work serves work-eligible TANF participants. This podcast highlights SEE Hawaii Work which is a program available to Hawaii's employers to assist them with their recruiting needs, while placing TANF participants into subsidized job-training programs. Staff from the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services provides an overview of key components and activities in the SEE Hawaii program model, discusses how the program engages, markets and conducts outreach to businesses and employers, as well as provides information on how data is collected within the program.

To view this podcast, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBncZINcqXc&list=PLypiJrod4Deh0o7XBiLkWbcBPslusy706&index=1


Employment & Training Administration (ETA) "Mobilizes" Its Job Search Tools, February 2013

The Employment & Training Administration (ETA) have now made several of their most popular online tools available as mobile-optimized websites. These mobile tools will assist smartphone or tablet users locate American Job Centers, conduct online job searches, search for jobs for veterans, compare salaries for various occupations, and search for nearby job training providers. These changes are part of an ongoing effort to make workforce resources more accessible to a wider audience.

To access the five mobile applications, please see: http://www.careeronestop.org/cos-mobile-apps.aspx


Navigating Online Career Exploration and Planning Tools: A Skills Gap Roadmap for Case Managers, February 2013

The United States Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration released a resource to help case managers guide jobseekers through the career exploration and planning process. Components of the guide include three ideas about how case managers can organize career exploration and planning, eight "At-A-Glance" templates that help case managers determine which electronic tools are most helpful to meet which customers' needs, three "Career Transition Roadmaps" that show how case managers provide career exploration in three distinct scenarios, and an "E-Learning Resource Chart" that highlights additional resources for case managers who want to learn more.

For more information, please see: https://effectivecasemanagement.workforce3one.org/view/2001304538228862676


Webinar: Leveraging Private/Public Partnerships and Funding to Improve Summer Youth Employment Opportunities, December 2012

The Office of Family Assistance hosted the "Leveraging Private/Public Partnerships and Funding to Improve Summer Youth Employment Opportunities" Webinar on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST. This Webinar provided background information on funding strategies for summer youth employment activities and discussed methods for leveraging both public and private funding streams. The Webinar featured speakers from the LA Conservation Corps, the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, ABCD Inc., and the Philadelphia Youth Network. The speakers encouraged those implementing a summer youth employment programs to collaborate with TANF agencies, the business community, community action agencies and other CSBG-funded programs, workforce investment programs, and private foundations in an effort to better serve youth, reach TANF participants, and engage key stakeholders.

Leveraging Private/Public Partnerships Webinar - Slides [PDF - 8,034 KB]

Leveraging Private/Public Partnerships Webinar - Transcript [PDF - 547 KB]


The ABC's of Creating Summer Youth Programs and Partnerships Webinar, October 2012

The Office of Family Assistance hosted the "The ABC's of Creating Summer Youth Programs and Partnerships" Webinar on October 17, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT. The Webinar featured speakers Mathematic Policy Research, the Southeast Tennessee Development District--Local Workforce Investment Area Five, the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services, and Corporate Voices for Working Families who provided an overview of strategies for developing summer youth employment programs that can work in a variety of contexts with different types of employers. Speakers also discussed the strategic partnerships, funding streams, and recruitment and placement strategies that can be utilized to increase summer youth employment opportunities.

The ABCs of Creating Summer Youth Programs and Partnerships - Slides [PDF - 2,113 KB]

The ABCs of Creating Summer Youth Programs and Partnerships - Transcript [PDF - 621 KB]


Career Pathways as a Framework for Program Design and Evaluation: A Working Paper from The Innovative Strategies for Increasing Self-Sufficiency (ISIS) Project, May 2012

From the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, within the Department of Health and Human Services, this report provides a framework for evaluating career pathways programs. Authors discuss considerations for designing evaluations using random assignment methods to measure program outcomes and impacts using the experience from the Innovative Strategies for Increasing Self-Sufficiency (ISIS) evaluation, which was the first national evaluation of career pathways programs. The paper introduces a "theory of change" for career pathways, identifying both primary and intermediate outcomes targeted and tracing the linkages between key program inputs and such outcomes.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/welfare_employ/isis/reports/inno_strategies.pdf


Remarks at the Philadelphia Summer Jobs Launch, Philadelphia, PA, May 2012

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, Hilda L. Solis, gave remarks for the Philadelphia Summer Jobs Launch held on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The Secretary spoke of the President's commitment to increasing opportunities for summer youth employment. The Department of Labor and Obama Administration believe that summer youth employment is of critical importance to continued economic recovery. The goal for this year's summer youth employment outreach effort is 250,000 commitments by the start of the summer, and thus far, nearly 100 employers across the country have agreed to support this mission.

For more information, please see: http://www.dol.gov/_sec/media/speeches/20120502_PSJ.htm


Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success, May 2012

This Webinar highlighted the "Skills to Pay the Bills" curriculum, which was developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). During this Webinar, presenters provided an explanation of why the curriculum was necessary, how it was developed, and additional companion resources that are forthcoming. Mr. Michael Huberman began the discussion by sharing that employers indicate that soft-skills are essential to success in both attaining and maintaining employment. Ms. Lisa Stern of Concepts, Inc. discussed how the curriculum was developed. Feedback was solicited from the field and led to the development of a curriculum that was flexible, but structured, and focused on interactive activities rather than reading. Ms. Mary Coody, Project Director, Madison County High School/High Tech shared her experience using the "Skills to Pay the Bills" curriculum during a 4-6 week pilot with high school students of various ages and disabilities.

For more information, please see: http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills/


Improving Employment and Earnings for TANF Recipients, March 2012

This research brief was released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), which is part of a series of issue briefs on the TANF program. Specifically, this brief reviews the literature on the effectiveness of strategies to increase employment and earnings among TANF participants. Strategies that are reviewed include job search, education, subsidized work, sectoral training, financial incentives, as well as programs to increase work retention and earnings.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/tanf_ccdf/reports/improving_employment.pdf


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Job Readiness/Training

Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity, July 2014

The White House released a report that outlines White House Administration efforts to support, expand, and create job training programs around the country that will provide workers with the skills they need to fill available jobs.

For more information, please see: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/skills_report.pdf


Registered Apprenticeship--College Consortium (RACC), April 2014

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Labor launched the Registered Apprenticeship -- College Consortium, an initiative that will allow graduates of Registered Apprenticeship programs to turn their years of rigorous on-the-job and classroom training into college credits toward an associate or bachelor degree. Currently, the Registered Apprenticeship system includes a network of more than 19,000 programs nationwide, offering nearly 1,000 different career opportunities.

For more information, please see: http://www.doleta.gov/oa/racc.cfm


Using Labor Market Information to Design Job-Driven Training Programs, 2014

This paper provides technical assistance to Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) programs. The technical assistance discussed in the paper focuses on using data to understand and respond to employer demands, develop career pathways, and more. The paper provides a detailed approach to aid programs in identifying and using labor market information.

For more information, please see: http://hpogcommunity.acf.hhs.gov/Documents/HPOG%20Understanding%20Employer%20Demand-formatted%20v3-_cn27_md.pdf


Career Readiness Assessments Across States: A Summary of Survey Findings, October 2013

The Center on Education Policy released a summary report describing how States are defining career readiness, and which assessments States and districts are using to measure this attribute. The report is based on a survey administered in the summer of 2013 to State directors of career and technical education or their designees about career readiness assessments. A total of 46 States completed the survey, including the District of Columbia. Also available on this site are four related papers containing additional details on the main topics covered in the summary report, including the responses of specific States, and profiles of major career and technical assessments.

For more information, please see: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=McMurrerFrizzell%5FSummaryReport%5FCareerReadiness%5F10%2E30%2E13%2Epdf


WorkAdvance: Testing a New Approach To Increase Employment Advancement for Low-Skilled Adults, June 2013

MDRC released a policy brief discussing a new skill-building model designed to help low-income adults prepare for, enter, and succeed in quality jobs, in high-demand fields with opportunities for career growth. This model involves: intensive screening of applicants; sector-focused pre-employment services; sector-specific occupational skills training, job development and placement; and post-employment retention and advancement services. The policy brief outlines the WorkAdvance evaluation program and presents preliminary findings about early operational challenges and achievements.

For more information, please see: http://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/WorkAdvance_Brief.pdf?utm_source=MDRC%20Updates&utm_campaign=510bb22309-New_from_MDRC_June_20_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_504d5ac165-510bb22309-34935481


Webinar: Using Intensive Vocationally-Focused ESL to Fast-Track Workforce Development Skills for Refugees, May 2013

The Office of Refugee Resettlement hosted a Webinar, "Using Intensive Vocationally-Focused ESL to Fast-Track Workforce Development Skills for Refugees." The Webinar provided an overview of the Vocational English as a Second Language Immersion Program (VIP) program. The VIP program is a collaboration between the San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA) and the City College of San Francisco (CCSF). The Webinar highlighted the VIP's eighteen week intensive English language immersion program that is focused on teaching the vocabulary and the cultural norms of the work place.

View ORR Webinar PowerPoint [PDF - 867 KB]

View ORR Webinar Transcript [PDF - 239 KB]


Podcast: Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative, April 2013

In March of 2012, the WPTA Network collaborated with Arkansas's Career Pathways Initiative - a partnership between Arkansas's Department of Higher Education and Department of Workforce Services - to learn more about their program's growth and the successes with workforce-ready adults.

This podcast highlights the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) which provides a comprehensive set of academic and support services designed to enable low-income, low-skilled individuals to acquire the degrees and/or credentials required to obtain and hold jobs in high-demand, high-wage industries. Staff from the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative explained the complexity of the collaborations necessary to provide services that enable low-income job seekers to receive educational services, as well as how to help participants understand the importance of education in addition to work activities and employment.

To view this podcast, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwAlpqb20Xs&list=PLypiJrod4Deh0o7XBiLkWbcBPslusy706&index=4


Podcast: CLIMB Wyoming, April 2013

In March of 2012, the WPTA Network collaborated with CLIMB Wyoming to learn more about their program's sustainability and successes with working with low-income single mothers through tailored job trainings and wrap-around services.

CLIMB Wyoming engages participants using a comprehensive wrap-around service that includes job training, wage reimbursement during on-the-job training, work tools, mental health counseling, life and parental skills classes, and ongoing support after job placement. This podcast highlights CLIMB Wyoming's job training, subsidized employment and wrap-around services for TANF participants. Staff from CLIMB Wyoming describes the job training services offered to low-income single mothers to prepare them for entry into high-demand, high-skill, and high-wage positions, as well as how CLIMB coordinates their various funding streams and partners to leverage the appropriate resources to support their program operations.

To view these podcasts, please see: CLIMB Wyoming Part One

CLIMB Wyoming Part Two


Podcast: Supporting Employment Empowerment (SEE) Hawaii Work, April 2013

In March of 2012, the WPTA Network collaborated with Supporting Employment Empowerment (SEE) Hawaii Work and the Hawaii Department of Human Services to learn more about their private-public partnerships between their working participants and local employers.

SEE Hawaii Work's (SEE) mission is to provide employment for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) participants while meeting the labor market needs of private employers. SEE Hawaii Work serves work-eligible TANF participants. This podcast highlights SEE Hawaii Work which is a program available to Hawaii's employers to assist them with their recruiting needs, while placing TANF participants into subsidized job-training programs. Staff from the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services provides an overview of key components and activities in the SEE Hawaii program model, discusses how the program engages, markets and conducts outreach to businesses and employers, as well as provides information on how data is collected within the program.

To view this podcast, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBncZINcqXc&list=PLypiJrod4Deh0o7XBiLkWbcBPslusy706&index=1


Using Individualized Learning Plans (ILP) to Produce College and Career Ready High School Graduates, February 2013

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD) published a policy brief, "Using Individualized Learning Plans (ILP) to Produce College and Career Ready High School Graduates," which summarized findings and recommendations from a multi-year ILP Research and Demonstration Project. NCWD/Youth's research examined whether and how ILPs may be considered a promising strategy for developing college and career readiness; and whether and how students with disabilities are participating in ILPs. The research methods included a 50-State scan, interviews with State and local education officials, and surveys and focus groups with educators, families, and students in 14 high schools in four States. Based upon the research findings, NCWD has developed recommendations on how to advance quality ILP implementation initiatives to support college and career readiness goals for all students. The policy brief includes specific recommendations for State officials, district/school officials, educators, organizations interested in supporting family engagement in schools, special education administrators and support organizations, national organizations, disability organizations, and Federal officials.

To view this policy brief, please see: http://www.ncwd-youth.info/sites/default/files/PolicyBrief_issue_6.pdf


Office of Family Assistance - Career Pathways: Catalog of Toolkits, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Family Assistance is proud to announce the launch of Career Pathways: Catalog of Toolkits, an online directory of free resources available for planning a Career Pathways initiative. Toolkits in this Catalog provide clear action steps for starting a Career Pathways initiative and help different sectors - education, workforce, human services, industry, and policy - learn to communicate with each other about resources and priorities.

Click here to access the toolkit.


U.S. Census Bureau Online Courses, 2013

The U.S. Census Bureau has improved the variety of online courses it offers, as well as how to learn about them and register. Two of their more popular offerings for the workforce community include "Using Census Data for Grant Applications" and "How to Navigate American FactFinder."

For more information, please see: http://www.census.gov/mso/www/training/


Driving Innovation: Evaluation Findings from the First Five Years of Shifting Gears, December 2012

The Joyce Foundation released an evaluation report on The Shifting Gears initiative, an initiative launched in 2007. This State policy initiative was designated to promote regional economic growth by improving the education and skills training of the workforce in six Midwestern States – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. These States were tasked to create more seamless pathways to postsecondary credentials and good jobs for lower-skilled adults. This initiative is one of the first multi-State postsecondary education projects that requires States to embark on a process of collaborative and systematic change. The evaluation report covers the first five years of the initiative and discusses the progress of each State, with an outline of activities that contributed to their success.

To view this report, please see: http://www.joycefdn.org/assets/1/7/SG_Strengthening_State_Systems_Report_-_final.pdf


Evaluation of the Senior Community Service Employment Program, September 2012

Mathematica released a report evaluating the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). This study analyzed quantitative and qualitative data to learn about local-project performance, program outcomes, and participants' views of this employment and training program for low-income, older adults. The study, conducted with Social Policy Research Associates, found SCSEP projects provide needed services to older workers, offer necessary staffing for host agencies, and place nearly half of program exiters who are available for work into unsubsidized employment.

For more information, please see: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/publications/pdfs/labor/SCSEP_process_outcomes.pdf


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Job Retention

Sector-Focused Career Advancement Model for Low-Skilled Adults, October 2014

Published by MDRC, this report highlights the early results on how program providers in New York City, Tulsa, and Cleveland implemented the WorkAdvance framework into a workable program. The WorkAdvance program encompasses sectoral as well as job retention and career advancement strategies. This report offers lessons learned to assist organizations seeking to implement a similar sector-focused career advancement program.

For more information, please see: http://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/WorkAdvance_CEO_SIF_2014_FR.pdf


Collateral Damage: Scheduling Challenges for Workers in Low-Wage Jobs and Their Consequences, April 2014

The National Women's Law Center released a fact sheet that lists five common scheduling challenges faced by workers in low-wage jobs, and outlines their impacts on marriage, transportation, education and training programs, and arranging child care.

For more information, please see: http://www.nwlc.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/collateral_damage_scheduling_fact_sheet.pdf


Sustainable Employment Strategies: A TANF, Workforce, and Child Support Collaboration, August 2013

The Region IV Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Region IV U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and Region IV Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) convened a meeting entitled "Sustainable Employment Strategies: A TANF, Workforce, and Child Support Collaboration" in Atlanta, Georgia from August 14-16, 2013. The meeting provided TANF, Workforce, Child Support administrators and staff with an open forum for discussing critical issues impacting the collaboration of their respective entities towards sustainable employment strategies for their TANF and hard-to-serve population, and an opportunity to network both amongst themselves and with Region IV leadership. Region IV staff from each agency – ACF, DOL, and OCSE – shared lessons learned and gathered strategies that can improve their own programs' ability to identify and address multiple barriers, and develop pathways to create sustainable employment and career building opportunities for program participants. In addition, the meeting gave participants an opportunity to meet with their individual State teams to develop action plans that support interagency collaboration.

Agenda [PDF - 574 KB] Participant List [PDF - 512 KB] Speaker Biographies [PDF - 530 KB] Welcome Letter [PDF - 144 KB]

Addressing Barriers to Employment: Criminal History: Re-entry Job Details Description 1 [PDF - 724 KB] Re-entry Job Details Description 2 [PDF - 445 KB] Network Contacts Blank Form [PDF - 141 KB] Strategic Outreach Presentation [PDF - 405 KB] Telephone Log Blank Form [PDF - 72 KB] TOPPSTEP Client Job Search Plan [PDF - 254 KB] TOPPSTEP: The Offender Parolee Probationer State Training Employment Program Presentation [PDF - 405 KB]

Addressing Barriers to Employment: Learning Disabilities and Adult Basic Education: o Addressing Barriers to Employment: Learning Disabilities and Adult Basic Education Presentation [PDF - 1,238 KB]

Pre-Conference Session: Business Service Training: How to Work with Employers Presentation [PDF - 15,347 KB] How to Make Career Connections Presentation [PDF - 1,678 KB] Business Engagement Action Plan Blank Worksheet [PDF - 116 KB]

Engaging Non-custodial Parents (NCP) in the Family's Self-Sufficiency Strategy: Child Support, Workforce and TANF Partnerships: Putting NCPs to Work Presentation [PDF - 559 KB] Texas Workforce Commission – NCP Choices Program Guide [PDF - 1,153 KB] NCP Choices – Comprehensive Field Guide [PDF - 6,709 KB]

Facilitated Panel – A Dialogue about Employer Needs: AETC Prescreen Blank Worksheet [PDF - 396 KB]

Importance of Employment Collaboration: Importance of Employment Collaboration Presentation [PDF - 742 KB] A Brief Review of the DOL Performance Regression Model Presentation [PDF - 3,297 KB]

Sustainable Solutions Session: The Annie E. Casey Foundation – Atlanta Civic Site Brochure [PDF - 2,887 KB] Sustainable Solutions – Atlanta Civic Site Presentation [PDF - 615 KB] South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families Overview Presentation [PDF - 85 KB]

Addressing Family Homelessness: Addressing Family Homelessness Presentation [PDF - 261 KB]

North Carolina TANF/Head Start Collaboration: North Carolina TANF/Head Start Collaboration Worksheet [PDF - 384 KB]

Resources: Additional Links [PDF - 223 KB] Program Summary Fact Sheet [PDF - 84 KB]

Final Report [PDF - 1,546 KB]


OFA Regions V and VII TANF Priority Update Meeting, September 2012

On September 11-12, 2012, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) Regions V and VII convened State TANF program directors and other key stakeholders in Chicago, Illinois to strategically engage with peers on effectively providing services to families in a recovering economy and to brainstorm better ways to help TANF participants achieve self-sufficiency. The TANF Priority Update Meeting consisted of multiple sessions covering an array of topics, including: business process management; strategies to improve postsecondary career pathways for low-income workers; developing and sustaining employment entry, access, retention, and advancement for TANF participants and low-income clients; improving services and tracking outcomes for special populations; innovative strategies for client assessment and service coordination; and effective strategies for engaging workforce partners through summer youth employment and subsidized employment.

Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services [PDF - 1,905 KB]

Assessment and Case Management [PDF - 379 KB]

Best Practices for Developing and Sustaining [PDF - 617 KB]

Business Process Management [PDF - 218 KB]

Chicago Agenda [PDF - 495 KB]

Developing and Sustaining Employment Entry,Access, Retention [PDF - 812 KB]

Disparities Reduction Innovation Projects [PDF - 201 KB]

Employment Service Considerations for Adults with a Major Mental Illness Using TANF MFIP Services [PDF - 665 KB]

Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Project [PDF - 771 KB]

Maximizing WIA Youth Funds to Support Summer Youth Employment Initiatives [PDF - 897 KB]

Practical Strategies for Assessing Job Seekers for Employment [PDF - 850 KB]

The Functional Assessment [PDF - 867 KB]

Wisconsin W2 takeup study [PDF - 393 KB]

Final Summary Report [PDF - 1,172 KB]


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Wage Progression

Resources for this subtopic have not yet been posted.

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