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The Office of Apprenticeship (OA) is pleased to announce the publication of a Solicitation for Grant Application (SGA) for the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant program. 

For several years, OA and the Women’s Bureau have been working collaboratively through the WANTO program to expand opportunities for women to enter and retain construction occupation employment.  This WANTO SGA expands the focus to include recruitment, training, placement and retention in a broader range of industries including advanced manufacturing, transportation, and construction, and "green" jobs in industries related to these three industries.

It is anticipated that awards will be in the amount of up to $300,000 over the two-year grant period. The grants will be awarded in June 2010, and will be funded incrementally. The closing date for applications is April 29, 2010. 

Please use the links below to access pertinent information for this grant announcement:

Federal Register Notice in pdf format (available on www.doleta.gov/grants):

DOL press release
 
ETA’s Workforce Professional’s “What’s New”
 
Please share this information with partners and stakeholders.
 
**Special note**
As with announcements of all DOL funding opportunities, please refer all questions regarding the SGA to the appropriate point of contact (POC) listed in the Federal Register Notice. 
 
For this WANTO SGA, the POC is Mamie Williams, Grants Management Specialist, and her contact information is as follows:
Phone: (202) 693-3341
Email: williams.mamie@dol.gov
Fax: 202.693-2879
The Washington DC Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee has a blog series featuring five of their apprentices.  These students, all in different stages of the program, share their thoughts and feelings about life as an apprentice.  Check out  what they are saying about their experiences in the JATC apprenticeship program.

Meet Greg Nicolas,a third year apprentice who wants to give anyone who's interested a realistic idea of the JATC apprenticeship.  Check out Greg's blog and find out what's happening in his current project at the Chalk Point Power Plant.

Do you have an apprentice you'd like to highlight?  Send them our way!
As announced in a March 8, 2010 Federal Register Notice, OA will host an on-line listening session about the current Apprenticeship Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) regulations. The session will be conducted through a webinar on April 7, 2010.
 
This session is part of a series of town hall meetings OA is hosting March through April 2010 where we are inviting our stakeholders and the public to share your concerns, feedback, and ideas on the effectiveness of the current regulations, and suggestions and recommendations regarding possible revisions to the regulations. 
 
Registration for the Webinar is now open on a first-come, first-served basis. 

ESAC Conference
Posted on March 18, 2010 by John Griffin
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  Dear Members of the Apprenticeship Community:

 

The Maine Planning Committee invites you to the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, May 24-27, 2010, to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the Eastern Seaboard Apprenticeship Conference (ESAC) and to receive the latest information on New Power, New Energy, and New Apprenticeships.  What better place to celebrate the oldest, continuous running apprenticeship conference than in Maine.

 

 

Join us on a three hour Dinner Cruise through Portland Harbor and watch the sunset and enjoy the lights of the city.  Participate in the dancing and just great fellowship with all your friends from past ESAC Conferences. Check out the numerous dining places on the waterfront and throughout the City of Portland.  Enjoy the shopping in nearby Freeport, Maine.  Stores like LL Bean and many other national outlet stores.

 

Join us for a conference promoting new aspects of apprenticeship as we explore the future needs of America.  ESAC 2010 will feature general sessions and workshops on new industry strategies and technologies such as wind, sea, and  water power, federal and state initiatives, revised federal rules and regulations, recruitment/training programs for non-traditional populations and military personnel; high impact regulatory and policy issues, ERISA, and higher education initiatives.

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Don Berry

Chair

Maine State Apprenticeship & Training Council

 

 

 

The Eastern Seaboard Apprenticeship Conference (ESAC 2010) will be held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, Maine from Monday May 24, 2010 through Thursday, May 27, 2010.  This conference offers an opportunity to increase your organization or company’s visibility and will give you access to a host of construction trades professionals.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DOES NOT INCLUDE HOTEL RESERVATIONS.Please make your room reservations directly with the Holiday Inn by the Bay at 1-800-345-5078. You must identify yourself as an ESAC 2010 participant to obtain the exceptional rate of $125.00 for single or double room per night by April 24, 2010.
 
You may register for ESAC 2010 online at http://esaconf.org/node

CALL FOR EXHIBITS AT ESAC 2010

ESAC 2010 exhibitors will have exhibit access at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, May 24-27, 2010.  Each exhibitor has access to a single booth for the cost of $600.  Exhibit rental includes one 6- foot table, two chairs, and exhibit set-up and teardown. Exhibit rental does not include: signage, decoration, carpeting, guard/security services, and cleaning or janitorial services.  Click here if you wish to exhibit at ESAC 2010.
 
ESAC 2010 SPONSORSHIP PAGES
 
ESAC 2010 will be a very unique, exciting, and special conference for all its participants.  There are numerous special events being planned and in an effort to keep registration costs down, the Maine Planning Committee is seeking your financial assistance to realize these endeavors.
 
This is a traditional medium for apprenticeship programs, labor organizations, contractors and government agencies to advertise their specialties in the sponsorship pages in the conference booklet, which is also a great way to show your support for ESAC.  Submit your advertisement now. Don’t miss the opportunity to greet your colleagues, showcase your programs and to celebrate ESAC 2010.
 
Full and half page advertisements in black and white are available as are gold and silver page ads.  Contact Skip Hardt, ESAC Coordinator at 207-754-7484 or skiphardt@roadrunner.com for sponsorship costs and registration questions.

 

Registered Apprenticeship in Colorado

Currently Colorado has 240 federally registered apprenticeship programs, as
Colorado is not represented by a State Approving Agency. Colorado has approximately 5000 Registered Apprentices, an all time low for the state. The current economy has been a major factor in the declining registrations, yet Colorado sponsors continue to provide training in more than 110 occupations, with advanced training for the Governor’s New Energy Economy initiative providing a new opportunity for many dislocated workers

On
January 13 – 15, 2009, fourteen Colorado representatives attended the Dallas Action Clinic, held in Addison, Texas. The participants represented the Colorado Workforce Investment system, Industry, employer associations, construction building trades and Registered Apprenticeship. As a result of the collaboration and fact finding in Dallas, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has directed personnel and resources toward the marketing and awareness of Registered Apprenticeship in the state. An example is the placement and training of an Apprenticeship Community Expert in each Workforce Center in the state. The results of the marketing and education will provide many apprenticeship opportunities for the Office of Apprenticeship when the work picks up.


Colorado is the recent recipient of two Department of Labor training grants: the State energy Training Partnership Grant, titled “Green Jobs for Coloradoans” , and the State Energy Sector Partnership Grant.

 

The Green Jobs for Coloradoans grant will provide renewable energy and energy efficiency training for approximately 2000 workers over the two-year life of the grant. All completers will receive third party certification from agencies such as the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. Partners in the grant are Registered Apprenticeship programs, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment workforce investment system, industry associations, and other certified training providers.

 

The State Energy Sector Partnership Grant will lead to employment in targeted industry sectors. The State Workforce Investment Board developed a statewide energy sector strategy through a comprehensive partnership and development of a Sector Plan. This Plan will aid in the development of a state workforce that is ready to meet the demands of the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries in Colorado.

 

State Director John Noon comprises the staff of the Office of Apprenticeship staff following the retirement of State Director Louis Nagel and ATR Louis Garcia in 2008.

 

Inquiries can be made to:

Charles “John”  Noon
State Director USDOL/OA
721 – 19th Street
Suite 465
Denver CO  80202
Phone: (303) 844-6362
E-Mail: noon.charles@dol.gov

 

 

Submitted by John Griffin

Apprenticeship Consultant

jgriffbat@aol.com

 

Susan Symons forwarded me an article titled "What if a college education just isn't for everyone" by Marklein, USA Today.  

Marklein reports, "Long before President Obama vowed last year that America will 'have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world' by 2020, the premium placed on going to college was firmly embedded in the American psyche. ... And yet, there's an undercurrent of concern about a group of students - sometimes called 'the forgotten half,' a phrase coined 22 years ago by social scientists studying at-risk young people - who, for whatever reason, do not think college is for them." According to USA Today, what is "still getting lost, some argue, is that too many students are going to college not because they want to, but because they think they have to."  Do you think this is true?

Where Do You Stand?

Education and jobs are on the minds of nearly everyone throughout the country. Accordingly, there is no doubt that Congress has its hands full. Nonetheless, once health care has been dealt with, feelings are that things will move quickly on two very important issues near and dear to Registered Apprenticeship: ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act—revamping NCLB) and WIA (Workforce Investment Act). As post-secondary career and technical educators, Registered Apprenticeship programs are directly impacted by both of these laws.

Having just attended ACTE’s National Policy Seminar in Washington, DC (see link below), I can attest to the fact that Assistant Secretary of Labor, Jane Oates, assured the audience (made-up mostly of secondary CTE educators and some workforce development professionals from across the country) that Registered Apprenticeship is alive and well…standing ready to provide an “earn while you learn” experience for their graduates. However, we cannot and will not be effective in delivering on the Assistant Secretary’s promise if we do not support the feeder systems into our Registered Apprenticeship programs. Now is the time to take a stand by becoming active in an organization that further promotes linking secondary career and technical education graduates to our post-secondary Registered Apprenticeship programs (www.acteonline.org).

 

 



Check out this video sent in by Patricia Garcia- California Unions are building cleaner and smarter using Green Technology by investing in the future.  Thanks Patty for sharing!




Thanks to millions of dollars in grants, many veterans will have a chance to compete in the growing renewable energy industry. See more DoD videos at http://dodvclips.mil  

WORKSHOP

  Stairway to Success



Strategies for climbing the career ladder:
North Central Kansas Technical College, USDOL and the Management & Training Corporation will discuss pathways and strategies that can provide a “Stairway to Success”.

 

This workshop will explain the strategy of using Registered Apprenticeship, Job Corps, and other ETA funded activities in conjunction with college credit instruction.  This approach gives the worker a more advanced training experience with options to continue on the career ladder.  North Central Kansas Technical College (NCKTC) will explain its on-line instructional delivery method for its Health Support Specialist Registered Apprenticeship Program.   Job Corps will discuss pathways to accredited college programs.

Is there anything specific you’d like the presenters to address?

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hare your ideas and best practices, post your comments and help build an interactive learning community!


WORKSHOP

  The Healthcare Workforce for the Boomer Crisis

(Video hosted by Vimeo)

Meeting America’s Need for a Quality Direct Care Workforce.
The NW Michigan Council of Governments Healthcare RSA and PHI will speak about innovative approaches and initiatives to attract and sustain a high quality healthcare workforce.

America needs more than 1 million direct care workers over the next decade to meet the long-term care needs of our aging and disabled population. To attract and sustain a high quality workforce, innovative approaches to improving wages, benefits, training and the status of the jobs will be crucial. Flexible apprenticeship initiatives, such as Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, that incorporate regional collaborations and training delivery, as well as funding and technical assistance for employers, are pioneering successful strategies.

 Is there anything specific you’d like the presenters to address?

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hare your ideas and best practices, post your comments and help build an interactive learning community!

WORKSHOP

  Green Construction Corps
  - Creating Development Opportunities

How the “Green Construction Corps” program is Creating Career Development Opportunities.

Green Construction Corps - Creating Career Development Opportunities  on Vimeo.

The Carpenters District Council of Greater St. Louis, the Urban League of Greater St. Louis and the Habitat for Humanity will share their knowledge of this exciting new program.



This workshop will provide information on the Green Construction Corps (GCC) program that was successfully launched in 2009 in St. Louis with funding from the ARRA's Summer Youth Employment Program. GCC is sponsored by St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, St. Louis and the Summer Youth Program of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis with funding provided by the St. Louis County Workforce Investment Board. The GCC provides a comprehensive educational and job experience program serving both in-school and out-of-school youth aged 18 to 24.Through this effort St. Louis county youth and young adults are provided skilled pre-apprenticeship and on-the-job training and supervised and paid job experience, with a particular focus on Green Construction Principles and Practices. This effort targets an at-risk in-school and out-of-school youth who meet basic math and reading comprehension standards and are interested in pursuing paid work experience in construction.

The GCC offers participating youth two-weeks of professional construction training (class/shop training) at the Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Center followed by a minimum of six weeks of on-the-job (OJT) training and employment with Habitat for Humanity, St. Louis; Missouri's largest Green Builder.  In addition, participants are assessed using the WorkKeys assessments leading to a MoCRC certification, receive OSHA certified job safety training, exposure to green building practices both in the shop and on-the-job, and, based on successful completion of the program, up to three (3) college credits from Mineral Area College which they may apply to future post-secondary education.
                    

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hare your ideas and best practices, post your comments and help build an interactive learning community!

WORKSHOP

 Iowa Apprenticeship Initiative - Earn, Learn, Succeed!
“Earn, Learn, Succeed"- three words that can change your life! 

Earn, Learn, Succeed - Iowa's Training Initiative  on Vimeo.

Experts representing the Iowa Office of Workforce Development and the Region 5 Office of Apprenticeship will share their secrets on how Apprenticeship and the Workforce System are working together to help get people back to work…


This dynamic session will be an overview of the apprenticeship initiative in Iowa including ideas on promotion, job placement, labor market analysis, information dissemination, advance of apprenticeships to targeted demographic groups (youth, public assistance recipients, Veterans, dislocated workers, etc.), partner agencies such as Job Corps, Vocational Rehabilitation and community colleges, and Iowans in transition, and an update on the joint Iowa Workforce Development/Office of Apprenticeship website. We will showcase best practices, as well as ideas that were good in theory, but not in practice.

All of Iowa’s products, services and practices can be adapted for other states, and we are willing to provide templates and step by step instructions to help other states implement a similar product.

                            

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Recovering the Region 5 economy

Don't miss the opportunity to connect with Heartland 2010 presenters and participants!
We will be posting many of our upcoming Conference sessions. Share your ideas and best practices, post your comments and help build an interactive learning community.


The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) Region 5, in conjunction with the Great Lakes Employment and Training Association (GLETA), is hosting the Heartland Conference to be held April 7-9, 2010 in Chicago, IL at the downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel.

What is the Heartland Conference?

The Heartland Conference is a comprehensive technical assistance and training event to support reemployment and economic growth in the Midwest through the exchange of innovative ideas and practices; the display of cutting-edge tools and technology; and the sharing and analysis of the latest information from the Administration. Sessions, guest speakers, and activities have been developed to assist the workforce system in improving customer services and improving program performance.  Today’s economy presents the workforce and economic development world with challenges it has not faced in decades. This event will present a wide array of strategies to assist with meeting and overcoming today’s challenges. It will provide a forum for partnering and networking with leaders from all facets of workforce and economic development.

Current List of Apprenticeship related Workshop Titles
click on the titles below for more information. Feel free to ask questions specific to the workshop.

  • Creating Career Development Opportunities
    How the “Green Construction Corps” program is Creating Career Development Opportunities. The Carpenters District Council of Greater St. Louis, the Urban League of Greater St. Louis and the Habitat for Humanity will share their knowledge of this exciting new program.

  • Training for the Boomer Crisis
    Meeting America’s Need for a Quality Direct Care Workforce. The NW Michigan Council of Governments Healthcare RSA and PHI will speak about innovative approaches and initiatives to attract and sustain a high quality healthcare workforce.

  • The Stairway to Success
    Strategies for climbing the career ladder: North Central Kansas Technical College, USDOL and the Management & Training Corporation will discuss pathways and strategies that can provide a “Stairway
    to Success”.


  • The Iowa Apprenticeship Initiative
    “Earn, Learn, Succeed- three words that can change your life!  Experts representing the Iowa Office of Workforce Development and the Region 5 Office of Apprenticeship will share their secrets on how Apprenticeship and the Workforce System are working together to help get people back to work…



    Additional 2010 Heartland Conference videos

    Update on the Auto Recovery
    Update on the Recovery of Auto Communities and Workers

    Presenter: Dr. Paul Harrington, Director, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northwestern University

    When is the Midwest going to Recover?

    When is the Midwest going to recover?

    Presenter: Dr. Edward Montgomery, Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers

    Understanding Today's Economic Challenges

    Understanding the Challenges and Charting a Path Forward for the Midwest (Super Session)

    Presenters: Laura Tomaka, Graham Toft


    Rapid Reemployment

    Rapid Response: Connecting to Rapid Reemployment

    Presenters: Bruce Bernardi, Ken Messina, and Jeff Ryan

    Connecting to Education
    Kenneth L. Ender, Ph.D., Harper College


    Skillshed Analysis
    Skillshed Analysis: A Tool for Future Strategies

    Presenters: Paula Nissen, Joe Hogue

    Supporting Participants in Training

    Supporting Participants in Training Through Tough Economic Times

    Presenters: Rebekah Woolley, Jamie Gallie, Deborah Galoway, and Janet Rosentreter


    National Emergency Grants

    National Emergency Grants: The Art and Science of Application and Project Management

    Presenters: Linda Ortolano, Kim Powell, and Gerardo Lara

    The Ripple Effect

    The Ripple Effect: Engagement/Leadership Strategies for Serving Challenged Youth

    Presenters: Thomas Major, Jr., Clint Johnson, and Joe'von Beverly

    The New Playing Field

    Expectations for a 21st Century Worforce System
    Presenters: Robert Knight, Bonnie Elsey

    WE NEED YOUR INPUT!

    Will you be attending the 2010 Heartland Conference?

    Do you have a question for a presenter?

    Are there topics you would like to be addressed?

    We welcome all questions!

    STAY TUNED, TAKE PART IN THE DISCUSSION!

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