Job-Driven VRTAC

North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation uses LMI with Consumers

North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NDDVR) participated in the JD-VRTAC intensive TA, with a focus on how to help consumers use LMI on their own. NDDVR developed and delivered VR consumer group trainings about how to use The Career Index Plus (TCI+) for career exploration, and included supplemental instructional guides for consumers to reference during and after the training.

Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Demand and Supply Meetings

The Career Pathways Project Coordinator (CPPC) at Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) hosts Demand Meetings and Supply Meetings in each region throughout the state around career pathway industries. Demand Meetings include VR business relations specialists (BRS), as well as representatives from businesses and community colleges. The BRSs, CPPC, and Community College representatives learn from employers about what credentials are important for potential employees.

Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation LMI Staff Survey and Training

As part of their JD-VRTAC intensive TA project, Pennsylvania OVR surveyed and trained all staff who work with consumers or businesses on using and integrating LMI in the VR process. These staff included VR Counselors, Business Services Counselors, Business Services Representatives, Early Reach Coordinators, Supervisors, Managers, and District Administrators. OVR believes that incorporating LMI into VR practice is everyone’s responsibility. 

Pre-apprenticeship Programs: A Model for Skill-Enhancement with Strong Employment Connections

Presenters: 
Deborah Kobes & Jonathan Bibb
Date/Time [EST]: 
01/25/2018 - 1:00pm
Description 

Pre-apprenticeship programs are being implemented in states across the nation, helping individuals enhance their skills and secure employment in a range of industries. This webinar will:

  • provide an overview of pre-apprenticeship programs, from the types of skills on which they focus to their connection with Registered Apprenticeship programs, and
  • offer tips for partnering with and participating in these programs.

The webinar will feature a Deborah Kobes, a national subject matter expert in work-based learning models from Jobs for the Future, as well as Jonathan Bibb, Director of the Arkansas Career and Training Institute (ACTI), from Arkansas Rehabilitation Services describing his successes and lessons learned with pre-apprenticeships.

Space is limited. 

This webinar is worth 1 CRC Credit. You must complete the webinar evaluation to receive credit for participating. 

The JD-VRTAC is a national center housed at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The center and its webinars are funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) within the US Department of Education under grant #H264A140002

Project 
Job-Driven VRTAC

Inclusive Work-Based Learning Forum: On the Job Training, Apprenticeships, and Beyond

The Job-Driven VR Technical Assistance Center will host an in-person forum titled “Inclusive Work-Based Learning: On the Job Training, Apprenticeships, and Beyond” on March 14-15, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. The forum will stimulate discussions on a variety of inclusive work-based learning topics such as: leadership in developing programs, perspectives from VR candidates and businesses, state-level planning, and cross-state connections between VR and workforce partners. Registration is limited and required for attendance and the Center will cover the travel cost of one person per VR agency.

Vision Works Consortium – Collaboration to Outcomes

Presenters: 
Joe Buizon, Carol Cullins, Rachel Kerrigan, Dina Rosenbaum
Date/Time [EST]: 
01/10/2018 - 1:00pm
Description 

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), with assistance and support from the JD-VRTAC, worked to strengthen and formalize its partnership with two well regarded non-profit organizations, the Carroll Center for the Blind and Perkins School for the Blind, to develop a mechanism to share employer relationships to market their shared consumers.

In this webinar, representatives from the three organizations will discuss the process they carried out to form the Vision Works Consortium, from sharing ideas and signing a memorandum of understanding to devising a mission statement and marketing strategy, and ultimately building a shared database of employer partners.

Download the PowerPoint Slides (PPT)

Download the Transcript 

The JD-VRTAC is a national center housed at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The center and its webinars are funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) within the US Department of Education under grant #H264A140002

Project 
Job-Driven VRTAC

Using LMI to Improve Client Employment Outcomes: Connecticut BESB's JD-VRTAC Project 

Presenters: 
Mary Burgard, Julie McLean, and Jonathan Richmond
Date/Time [EST]: 
12/21/2017 - 12:00pm
Description 

Connecticut Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB), in collaboration with JD-VRTAC, improved client employment outcomes by training vocational rehabilitation counselors to use Labor Market Information (LMI) to enhance clients’ educational and career pathways. During the past year and a half, VR leadership researched and identified LMI tools, provided staff professional development on LMI data, and created a Career Index Plus training system to help clients independently research potential careers and employment opportunities. This webinar will discuss Connecticut BESB's JD-VRTAC project assessment, implementation, accomplishments, and the planned next steps to sustain program improvements. As a result of this project, Connecticut BESB has increased business confidence in hiring clients.

Download the Connecticut BESB client Career Index Plus letter

Download the Connecticut BESB LMI Survey (PDF)

Download the Connecticut BESB PowerPoint Slides (PPT) 

Download the webinar transcript (TXT) 

The JD-VRTAC is a national center housed at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The center and its webinars are funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) within the US Department of Education under grant #H264A140002

Project 
Job-Driven VRTAC