Presentation Date: 8/2/2017
The Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC) and the Vocational Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Demand-Side Strategies (Demand-Side RRTC) hosted a national conference on August 2 - August 3, 2017 in Bethesda, MD.
This conference highlighted demand-side VR research and job-driven practices from VR agencies across the country. Demand-side strategies and research outcomes can help inform state VR agencies’ procedures and policies around improving business intelligence, serving business and consumers as the dual-customer, meeting industry demands, and using labor market information.
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*Additions to the Conference Program
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August 2, 2017 1:15-2:05 PM
- How Can VR Use LMI to Engage Business?
- Sector Strategies: “On the Origin of Species”: Evolution of Middle Skills Training by Natural Selection [PPTX]
August 2, 2017 2:15-3:00PM
Business Perspective on Working Relationships with VR:
- Fostering Workplace Partnerships, CVSHealth [PPTX]
- Meeting Employer Demand in a Job-Driven Economy - USDA [PPTX]
August 3, 2017 9:40-10:25AM
Demand-Side Research Findings on Business Relations:
- Vermont Progressive Employment: Model Replication and Evaluation [PPTX]
- VR and Business Relations: National Survey [PPTX]
August 3, 2017 10:40-11:20AM
Business Engagement Strategies for Working with Youth:
- Progressive Employment and Work-Based Learning with Jobs for Maine’s Graduates [PPT]
- Engaging business to Hire Minors [PPT]
- Colorado DVR Business Outreach Specialist Program Pilot [DOCX]
- Colorado DVR Employer Brochure [PDF]
- CVSHealth Workforce Initiatives [PDF]
- Delaware Career Pathways
- Virginia DBVI Career Pathways - Dream It [DOCX]
- Pennsylvania OVR Abstract of the Child Labor Act Hours Provisions [PDF]
- Pennsylvania OVR Fact Sheet #43: Youth Employment Provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for Nonagricultural Occupations [PDF]
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VR Voices: Video Booth
We asked VR practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers about the future of vocational rehabilitation, how to serve VR consumers and businesses effectively, and how partnering with business can improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. View the highlights from our video booth:
How do you see VR’s role evolving?
What does the Dual-Customer approach mean to VR?
How does VR communicate effectively with businesses?
How does VR engage businesses to work with youth?
How does VR support businesses to foster inclusive workplace environments?
Jonathan Barad, Staff Specialist for the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing, Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services
Jonathan Bibb, Director, Arkansas Career and Training Institute (ACTI), Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Jonathan Bibb is the Director of the Arkansas Career and Training Institute (ACTI) for Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. He also served briefly as the Interim Commissioner of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. As Director of ACTI, Mr. Bibb led the team effort to achieve national certification by the Council on Occupational Education Accreditation. The career and technical training provided at ACTI not only meets accreditation standards, but also has multiple industry recognized credentials.
Prior to his role as ACTI Director, Bibb was the apprenticeship program manager for the Arkansas Department of Career Education. He continues to serve as an ex-officio member of the Arkansas Apprenticeship Coalition, which lead to the development of pre-apprenticeship training at ACTI.
Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Arkansas and a Master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Jim Evans, Assistant Director at the Workforce & Technology Center, Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services
John Ficca is a Special Educator with a background that includes the U.S. Coast Guard, Hospitality – Culinary Management, and Public School Teaching. His education and certification are in the area of behavioral disorders and he has taught special education students of all grade levels and exceptionalities.
With the help of the Florida Dept. of Education – Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Division of Blind Services, and Hyatt, Mr. Ficca developed the program to assist what he calls "the in-betweeners", those whose performance levels far exceed their academic test scores. The Hands on Education program has expanded to 30 Hyatt Hotels across the country and students are trained in all hotel departments. CSAVR and the NET were critical partners - helping introduce this unique program to various State VR Agencies. In 2014, Hands On @ Hyatt was recognized by the White House as one of the most effective and innovative training/employment programs for individuals with disabilities.