Shaping the Future: What States and Counties are Doing to Align WIOA, TANF, and SNAP Employment & Training (June 15, 2017)
Advancing the integration of our human services and workforce development systems can at times feel like a daunting task. This webinar highlights concrete steps taken by two states and one county to better align their WIOA, TANF, and SNAP Employment & Training programs.
Tying Infrastructure Projects to Training and Employment for Marginalized Populations: The Port Covington Example (July 20, 2017)
This webinar will highlight an innovative public-private partnership underway in Baltimore, Maryland. Sagamore Development Company, LLC, ICF Strategic Consulting and Communications, the Maryland Department of Human Resources, and local non-profits are partnering on a 266-acre redeveloping project called Port Covington. It is an unprecedented economic opportunity and brings with it an obligation and commitment to ensure that the economic and employment benefits of Port Covington are shared with Baltimore City residents. The webinar will focus on the project’s workforce strategy to meet the demands of employers and increase employment of Baltimore City residents, including hard-to-serve individuals; specific examples of innovative employment, training, and entrepreneurial models being developed, tested and applied; and how Port Covington’s approach might be replicated across the nation.
August 24, 2017 – 3:00-4:30 PM Eastern – Evidence-Based Strategies for Serving Jobseekers and Workers with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions
Human services and workforce development programs have a critical role to play in supporting work for people with disabilities and chronic health conditions. Fortunately, there are many evidence-based strategies for helping these clients prepare for, attain, and retain employment. This webinar will highlight three such strategies being implemented in Washington and North Carolina. • In Washington, the Department of Social and Health Services is piloting a Supported Employment program using the evidence-based practice Individual Placement and Support model which assists individuals on TANF with mental illness in choosing, acquiring, and maintaining competitive employment. Because this pilot uses braided funding from several sources, employment specialists can continue to support the participant after the job has started. • Researchers at the University of North Carolina have partnered with local human services agencies to show how public health nursing interventions can improve employment outcomes for job seekers and low-wage workers with chronic health conditions. • North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services has implemented Project SEARCH, a strong evidence-based model for transitioning youth with disabilities into competitive employment, within its own department.
Tarimah Williams, TANF/WorkFirst Program Manager, Economic Services Administration—Community Service Division, Washington Department of Social & Health Services
Melodie Pazolt, Recovery Support Services Supervisor, Behavioral Health Administration, Washington Department of Social & Health Services
Shawn Kneipp, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing
Alice Farrar, Interim Chief of Employment Services and Program Development, North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
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September 21, 2017 – 3:00-4:30 PM Eastern – Employer Perspectives on Workforce: Skilling Up Workers for Available Employment
Employment is always the best path out of poverty and starting a career will not happen without acquiring skills necessary in a new technical economy. Employment with a career pathway in mind not only has significant economic benefits but also helps build a peer network, avoid social isolation and loneliness, and in families with children sets a positive example for kids. In this webinar, representatives from two of America’s largest employers will discuss necessary middle skills, career and technical education curriculum appropriate to actual job availability, and public private partnerships. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
POSTPONED - Policy and Program Strategies for Moving Jobseekers with Criminal Records into Gainful and Sustainable Employment
Criminal records are a significant collateral consequence for justice-involved people and their families. Policies and hiring practices around criminal backgrounds can prevent suitable candidates who pose no additional risk to the public from securing a job. Many human services and workforce development services providers state that a criminal record is one of the most difficult employment barriers to help clients overcome. Join this webinar to learn about strategies human services and workforce development agencies can use to help these clients find and keep employment. POSTPONED UNTIL 2018.