Webinar: Implementing Effective Work Experience Models for Youth

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
2:00pm – 3:30pm

This session is the second of a three-part webinar series for the youth community, hosted by the Chicago and San Francisco Employment and Training (ETA) offices but open to all, to inspire strategic planning and action now in anticipation of the July 1, 2015 implementation date of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

As you prepare to deliver expanded services to youth under WIOA, come hear from a few of your peers who will share work experience models that are outcome-driven and evidence-based solutions for your possible replication. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act places a new priority on work-based learning by providing that at least 20 percent of local youth formula funds be used for work experiences such as: summer and year-round employment opportunities, pre-apprenticeship programs, on-the-job training, and internships and job shadowing. During this webinar, WIA formula funded youth programs, YouthBuild, Conservation Corps, Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship programs will be highlighted for the innovative approaches they have taken to implementing work-based learning models into their programming. Come build off these successes – steal what you can and spark conversation around what else will work in your area.


Sheilah Goulart, San Joaquin County Office of Education
William Bass, Los Angeles Unified School District
Jamie Bernthal, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Moderator: Tiffani Thomas, Region 6 Youth Lead, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Date: March 25, 2015

Time: 2:00pm Eastern (1:00pm/Central, 12:00pm/Mountain, 11:00am/Pacific)

Length: 90 minutes

Registration for this webinar is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register today!


ALERT: 11/24 Conference Call – Next Steps on WIOA Implementation

The Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services present:

Next Steps on WIOA Implementation

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
Please Join the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services for a Conference Call with Workforce Development Stakeholders

Monday, November 24, 2014

3:00 pm — 4:00 pm EST
Toll Free: 888-982-4692
Passcode: 2921187

Register at

This will be a conference call with the Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration Portia Wu, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education Johan Uvin, Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration Janet LaBreck, and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families Mark Greenberg.

The purpose of this call is to share our joint vision for the implementation of WIOA and discuss critical steps that can be taken now by states, local areas, and partners to ensure successful implementation.

During the call, you may send questions to


Center on Transition to Employment: School-Based Supported Employment Fidelity Scale

Wednesday, December 10, 1:00-2:00pm (EDT)

The Center on Transition to Employment invites you to an informational webinar on a multi-year study on the design and implementation of a fidelity scale to measure the critical components and key performance indicators of school-based supported employment services for transition age youth with disabilities. The presentation will discuss the results of the study in relationship to what factors affect the implementation of these services in Virginia’s secondary schools.

Click here to register.


Creating Opportunity for Families : A Two-Generation Approach

From the Annie E. Casey Foundation: “Nearly half of the nation’s families with young children struggle to make ends meet. A new KIDS COUNT policy report makes the case for creating opportunity for families by addressing the needs of parents and their children simultaneously. Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach describes a new approach to reducing poverty, which calls for connecting low-income families with early childhood education, job training and other tools to achieve financial stability and break the cycle of poverty — and recommends ways to help equip parents and children with what they need to thrive.”

Download this report here


U of R Transition Opportunities: Encouraging and motivating students with disabilities

From the University of Rochester Campus Times: “An individual born with a mental disability is faced with many obstacles, many of which the majority cannot understand. Social stigmas against the disabled these individuals create the widespread idea that these individuals cannot succeed as much as their peers, an idea that often becomes internalized.

Transition Opportunities at UR (TOUR) looks to help integrate disabled students into a the college environment. Similar programs have been developed on campuses across the country to promote increased involvement and participation.

The philosophy of the TOUR program is to give students with disabilities additional support and resources that they need to succeed.

‘I started to research into how I could help students with disabilities to have the opportunity to have the college experience as a more open and accessible option to them,’ Warner School of Education graduate and Director of TOUR Catherine Branch Lewis said. ‘We all have the opportunity to change the world, and I think anyone and everyone should have the opportunity to benefit from everything that is offered here at the U of R.'”

Learn more about this program via UR Transition Opportunities: Encouraging and motivating students with disabilites | Campus Times.