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WIA Title I Funds Available Soon

Posted on 03/30/2009

Information on the dissemination of Workforce Investment Act Title I funds has been collected by Neil Kelly in the Adult Education Office.

Stimulus & the Green Economy – California

Estimate of WIA Title I (Workforce) Adult Funding Allotment for California: $80,927,000
Specifically identifies supportive services and needs-related payments as allowable activities; also, provides that priority for intensive and training services shall be given to recipients of public assistance and other low-income individuals.

Estimate of WIA Title I Dislocated Worker Funding Allotment for California: $177,128,000
This amount includes rapid response, additional assistance funds and special project funding for local Workforce Investment Boards.

Economic Stimulus Job Creation

  1. California forecasted to create or save 421,000 jobs (across all industries) by the end of 2010.

Economic Stimulus Focus on Green

  1. Currently 17,000 green job orders in EDD system
  2. Smart grid transmission lines
  3. Energy efficiency
  4. Renewable energy
  5. Weatherization

Targeted Occupations

  1. Professional (BA or higher) – ex: architects, estimators, engineers, vocational teachers.
  2. Skilled workers (AA or higher) – ex: auto, bus, & truck mechanics, bio or chemical technicians.
  3. Craft & Trade Workers (OJT) – ex: assemblers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, HVAC, insulation/weatherization

Strategies

  1. Assess students for potential capacity to be retrained for demand jobs.
  2. Offer “reskilling” or refreshers to add new knowledge & skills to what they already know to take on new opportunities.
  3. Leverage existing training programs in your area.
  4. Modify courses - to shorter time frames to get students into the workforce quickly.
  5. Work closely with your business partners to adjust training.
  6. Partner with your local one stop and/or WIB.

WIA Title I Youth Funding

Estimate of Youth Funding Allotment for California: $188,507,000
Applies the WIA work readiness performance indicator to assess effectiveness of summer jobs and expands age of youth eligibility from 21 to 24 years; funds are not to be used for WIA Youth Opportunity Grants.

Summer Youth Schedule

  1. Program planning & contracting out are taking place now.
  2. One Stop Centers have received funding proposed letters.
  3. WIB’s will receive youth funding in April, 2009
  4. Program will begin May 1st and run through September 30th.
  5. September thru December – closeout & evaluation.

Summer Youth Employment

  1. Six week program (starting between May 1st and Sept. 1st).
  2. Includes WIA Title I youth services plus a work experience component.
  3. Thirty Percent (30%) served must be Out of School Youth.
  4. Increases age eligibility to 24 years old.
  5. Work readiness indicator will be the only indicator to assess the effectiveness of summer employment.

Summer Employment Work Experiences

  1. Planned, structured learning experiences that take place in a workplace (nonprofit, private, public sector) for a limited period of time.
  2. Enable youth to acquire the personal attributes, knowledge, & skills needed to obtain a job and advance in employment.
  3. Curriculum requirements are that the youth be exposed to “Green Jobs” and a Work Readiness component.
  4. Individual agencies choose their own basic skills and work skills assessments.
  5. Examples – paid & unpaid community service, service learning, entrepreneurship, internships, job shadowing, employability.

California Workforce Association (CWA) will hold webinars in April and May on Summer Youth.

Or contact your local WIB Executive Director / One Stop Center for more information.