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Best-Practice Workforce Tools Made in USA

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Looking for proven workforce development tools that comply with the “Buy American” executive order? Career Action Resources, LLC, is a workforce materials publisher with nearly 20 years of experience in the career services and workforce development fields. All of our guides, including the best-selling Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES), are completely created, designed, and printed in the United States. Our materials are made by and for Americans. Our professional career resource editors incorporated feedback from the nation’s job seekers, dislocated workers, and workforce development professionals when producing LEAP and YES. LEAP, in particular, is considered a best practice in the public workforce development system, according to a report for the U.S.... Read more →
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New USDOL Secretary: "We Have a Lot of Work to Do"

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R. Alexander Acosta has been sworn in as the 27th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. After being sworn in, Secretary Acosta made the following remarks: "I want to thank President Trump, Vice President Pence, and the members of the Senate for the privilege of serving as Secretary of Labor. "I want to thank my wife, Jan. Her unyielding support and her heartfelt love means the world to me...My daughters Delia and Rosalia are amazing...When President Trump nominated me, I had to sit down and explain to them that we were, if confirmed, moving to Washington, and they wanted to know why.  "And so I sort of took a pause and I tried to explain what... Read more →
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2017 WIOA Convenings Program Available

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Here is the program for the three 2017 National WIOA Convenings sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor for state and local workforce development system professionals.  The events are offering “nearly identical content” on the following dates:April 18-20 in DallasMay 8-10 in San DiegoMay 23-25 in Washington, DC Registration for all convenings has closed, but you can follow the convenings with Twitter hashtags: Dallas--#WIOADallas, San Diego--#WIOASD, and Washington, DC--#WIOADC. Please join Career Action Resources, LLC, on Twitter in following these events. Our Twitter handle is @CareerAction. Career Action Resources, LLC, is the creator of best-practice tools, Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES). Workforce development professionals who... Read more →
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Not Attending USDOL WIOA Convenings? Follow on Twitter with Hashtags #WIOADallas, #WIOASD, #WIOADC

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The U.S. Department of Labor, in collaboration with Education and Health and Human Services partners, is hosting three 2017 national convenings for state and local workforce development system professionals. According to the USDOL, the “convenings will continue to support Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) implementation, building upon the regulations and guidance, virtual training, and resources already available to the system.” The events will offer “nearly identical content” and be held on the West Coast, on the East Coast, and in the Midwest, as follows:April 18-20 in DallasMay 8-10 in San DiegoMay 23-25 in Washington, DC According to the USDOL, “attendees at these 2017 national convenings will walk away with a thorough understanding thatThe regulations... Read more →
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How LEAP Helps Workforce Development Professionals

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Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) is a self-guiding tool for dislocated workers and the unemployed. LEAP, published by Career Action Resources, LLC, helps workforce development and career services professionals in many ways, including the following:Serves as an initial screening tool for laid-off workers, helping you tailor services to their needsIs self-completed and self-scored by the individual, so you do not need to tally resultsFocuses your resources by matching reemployment services to each person, as required under WIOAProvides immediate results and feedback to dislocated workers to help them deal with shock, confusion, and stress that may delay the job searchSaves time by helping you quickly know where dislocated workers stand and by providing them with... Read more →
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U.S. Department of Labor Sees 21% Cut in President Trump's 2018 Budget

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President Trump’s 2018 budget requests $9.6 billion for the U.S. Department of Labor, a $2.5 billion or 21 percent decrease from the 2017 annualized continuing resolution (CR) level. The president’s 2018 budget proposes and states the following:Expands Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments (editor’s note: now called “Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments”--RESEA), an evidence-based activity that saves an average of $536 per claimant in unemployment insurance benefit costs by reducing improper payments and getting claimants back to work more quickly and at higher wages.Reduces funding for ineffective, duplicative, and peripheral job training grants. As part of this, eliminates the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), for a savings of $434 million from... Read more →
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Is Your Staff Ready for WIOA Service Integration?

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Under WIOA, workforce development and our partners are encouraged to deliver streamlined, efficient career services through the American Job Center Network.  According to guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, part of this streamlining includes integrating American Job Center services by function, rather than by program. "Service integration focuses on serving all customers seamlessly (including targeted populations) by providing a full range of services staffed by relevant functional teams." USDOL guidance states American Job Center staff should be trained and equipped with the skills and knowledge to "provide superior service to job seekers." All customers should have the opportunity to receive "career planning and job placement services."  Need a tool to help you and your staff provide superior, integrated... Read more →
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Need for Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner Under WIOA

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Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) fills the need for a concise, effective tool that helps dislocated workers and Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants organize the most important concerns faced during a layoff. LEAP’s simplicity belies its remarkable effectiveness. The creators of LEAP, Career Action Resources, LLC, learned that while other resources provide some information on coping with layoffs, no other tool gives dislocated workers a quick, self-directed, self-guided way to assess, rank, and learn about their biggest issues. LEAP answers the key question of “What do I do now?” by helping laid-off workers discover their top problems and by providing suggestions for action. Although laid-off individuals have lost jobs through no fault of their own,... Read more →
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USDOL Limits Initial UI Claimant RESEA to $155

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The U.S. Department of Labor recently made several changes to the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program. The following changes are intended to align RESEA with WIOA's vision of increased program integration and service delivery for job seekers, including UI claimants:Initial RESEA Cost Limit. Considerable variation exists in the cost of the initial RESEA session across states. After comparing programs, USDOL has implemented an initial RESEA cost of no more than $155.Limit on Subsequent RESEA Sessions. The number of subsequent RESEAs that may be charged to the RESEA grant has been reduced from two to one.Required Enrollment in Wagner-Peyser-funded Employment Services. RESEAs were developed to supplement rather than supplant reemployment activities provided... Read more →
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NAWDP Seeks New Executive Director

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The following information appears on the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) website: The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) is seeking outstanding, creative and innovative candidates for the position of Executive Director. NAWDP is a national membership association for professionals in workforce development. NAWDP advocates for the workforce industry and develops the professional capacity of workforce professionals seeking the highest standards of excellence in credentialing, applied learning opportunities, and cutting edge tools to excel in providing a skilled workforce to meet the current and future employment needs of business and industry. The position reports to the Board of Directors and serves as the Executive Director of the Partnership Education Fund (PEF). For more information on NAWDP, please... Read more →
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