Job-Driven VRTAC

Building Business Engagement Efforts: Oregon Commission for the Blind’s Journey to Increasing Partnerships between Agency Staff, CRPs and Employers

Presenters: 
Morgan Rincon
Date/Time [EST]: 
07/25/2018 - 1:00pm
Description 

With the implementation of the Progressive Employment model in 2015, Oregon Commission for the Blind (OCB) has increased its engagement and visibility with businesses on multiple levels. OCB has accomplished this through work assessments, job shadows, informational interviews, work experiences, and job placements. Since increasing business engagement activities, OCB has “all hands on deck” to support the job seekers, businesses, and assistive technology at the worksite. 

With technical assistance from the JD-VRTAC, OCB developed a plan to support business engagement efforts, expand capacity, and enhance communication and marketing across the state.

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This webinar is free and worth 1 CRC Credit. It will be live captioned and hosted on the Zoom webinar platform. To access the captions during this event, please follow this streamtext link. The powerpoint presentation will be posted here before the webinar, and the caption transcript will be posted after the webinar is over. To request additional accessibility requests, please contact Katie Allen at katie.allen@umb.edu

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

Business Engagement: Collaboration + Creativity = Cohesion

Presenters: 
Rodney Chandler, Ashley Cross, & Yvonne Rowland, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Date/Time [EST]: 
07/24/2018 - 2:00pm
Description 

 The Equation for Success!

“A vision without a plan is just a wish.” This ExploreVR job-driven webinar will focus on Arkansas Rehabilitation Service's journey of taking challenges and creating opportunities by fostering collaboration across multiple levels of the agency to improve business engagement. 

On this webinar, you will hear how the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services project team and JD-VRTAC identified a recipe for success that included both collaboration and creativity. These factors together resulted in cohesion among all stakeholders and sustainable strategies that have led to improved outcomes. 

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This webinar is free and worth 1 CRC Credit. It will be live captioned and hosted on the Zoom webinar platform. To access the captions during this event, please follow this streamtext link. The powerpoint presentation will be posted here before the webinar, and the caption transcript will be posted after the webinar is over. To request additional accessibility requests, please contact Katie Allen at katie.allen@umb.edu

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

Building Blocks of Registered Apprenticeships (RA): Targeted Education, Partnerships, and Time

Targeted Education

Education in RA should always be targeted to the profession that it is preparing students for. The educational targets are determined by multiple stakeholders in an RA program.

Guiding questions for planning:

What skills with the RA teach?

What the expected outcomes?

How will it be taught?

Key First Steps for Connecting with Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Presenters: 
Geri Scott, Ralph Roach, & Eric Ramsay
Date/Time [EST]: 
02/21/2018 - 3:00pm
Description 

This engaging, practical webinar provides staff at state VR agencies with an overview of key first steps they can take to begin exploring partnerships with registered apprenticeship programs.

An expert on this topic from Jobs for the Future, and staff from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, will lay out the steps that state VR agencies can take to identify registered apprenticeship programs in their area. The presenters will also give recommendations for conducting outreach to those programs, explain the specific components of registered apprenticeship to explore in these initial conversations, and clarify the role that state VR agencies can play in these programs. 

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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

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.