WorkforceGPS Newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter

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Happy September!

This month, the WorkforceGPS Team is proud to bring you a new desk aid, a timely spotlight on one of our Community of Practices, and a reminder about a couple upcoming events.


New Desk Aid: Back-to-Work Backpack

As the kids head back to school and changing colors usher in the Fall weather, the WorkforceGPS Team wants to make sure you are prepared to get back into the swing of things. To that end, we have compiled a handy list of resources across Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) hot topics; click here to check out our Back-to-Work Backpack. Also worth taking a look at, the American Job Center Network Overview Infographic.

Community of Practice Spotlight: Older Workers

This month, the WorkforceGPS Team would like to introduce you to the Older Workers Community of Practice (CoP). This CoP is an online hub to share resources, news, and emerging practices about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which provides on-the-job skills training to individuals 55 or older with limited financial resources. This site is designed to facilitate peer-to-peer communication among SCSEP grantees and sub-grantees, Federal Project Officers, and the national program office. To visit this CoP today, click here.


Upcoming Events: NEOWW and Youth Virtual Learning Series

Also worth noting, the last full week of September (24th – 30th) is National Employ Older Workers Week (NEOWW). NEOWW annually recognizes the vital role of older workers in the workforce and aims to increase awareness of this segment of workers and develop innovative strategies to utilize it.


Finally, the Youth Services Team via the Youth Connections Community of Practice is excited to launch Our Journey Together: The WIOA Youth Program Technical Assistance (TA) Series. This series will kick off on October 24th and 25th and cover topics such as eligibility, youth committees, performance and more. More information and registration opportunities to come!


Stay smart!

Featured Content

  • H-1B TechHire TA Resources for Individuals with Barriers to Employment: This resource page is the go-to site for all key resources that support the H-1B TechHire grants; targeted populations: youth and young adults (ages 17-29), individuals with disabilities, individuals with limited English proficiency, or individuals with criminal records with barriers to training and employment. Please see the list of technical assistance resources below.
  • Outreach to Business on Apprenticeship: When marketing apprenticeship to businesses, it is important to remember that the bottom line for them is going to be their return on investment. These outreach materials are written from a business perspective, answering the questions at the forefront of the minds of businesses about apprenticeship. They are divided into three categories: General Outreach Materials for Businesses
  • Supporting Ex-Offender Reentry through Jail- and Community-Based American Job Centers: A Bureau of Justice Statistics study found that 7 out of 10 prisoners released in 2005 were rearrested within three years of release. Ex-offenders face various employment and life challenges post-release, which may be exacerbated by limited job skills. These resources spotlight early lessons in implementing the Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release (LEAP) grants, which aimed to strengthen partnerships between the jail and workforce system to promote successful reentry of this population.

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The WorkforceGPS Team
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