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Leslie Dawson

State Administrator, Business Relations Program

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services


Business Engagement Model

Last Updated: 9/14/2018

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies have developed different structures for business engagement (BE) activities. We understand there is rarely a completely rigid structure for business engagement activities. The BE structure that most closely describes how your agency has organized BE activities.

Regional Business Relations Model: BE is primarily the responsibility of dedicated business specialists located throughout the state.

Description of other BE model.

Some states may be in the process of moving from one BE model or structure to a different one, or the BE model is being developed. Currently undergoing a significant change in your approach to business engagement?


Description of transition of BE models or structure.

WIOA Partnership Activities

Last Updated: 9/14/2018

Activities that are part of your WIOA partnership approach relative to BE.

We participate in regular meetings with WIOA partners relative to BE.

We connect with businesses as a WIOA employment (or other) team.

Other - please describe

Description of your other WIOA partnership approach.

Our Business Relations Consultants have dedicated time in the Career Centers

WIOA Partner Agreements

Last Updated: 9/14/2018

Is only one state agency the lead for BE?


Is the VR agency (either general, combined, or blindness) the designated lead agency?

If the VR agency is not the designated lead, what WIOA agency is the lead agency for BE?

Description of your unique approach or structure.

Additional information about how your agency is structuring BE as a part of the WIOA partnership.

We have a State-Level Executive Employment Team that is responsible for Indicator VI and sending down guidance in developing and maintaining local business engagement teams that consists of business engagement specialist from each WIOA partner. We also work on join initiatives such as Apprenticeships, OJT's, Work based Learning Experiences, etc.

BE Data Collection Strategy

Last Updated: 9/14/2018

Primary method for collecting and storing information about your BE activities.

An agency-developed data tool or process

Description of BE data collection strategy.

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