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.
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.
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.
The field of VR has increased its focus on labor market information (LMI) as a direct response to the both the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the President’s Executive Order on Job Driven Training of January 2014. In light of this focus, the ICI set out to explore LMI’s use and utility for state VR agencies.
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.
Vermont DVR: ACRE-Certified Training Series
By Rick Kugler
Authored by: Laurie Ford, DeBrittany Mitchell, and Joe Marrone
LMI for Youth
On December 6th – 7th, representatives from over 20 state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies and their community partners attended a targeted technical assistance forum on “VR-CRP Partnerships in Business Engagement and WIOA” in Albuquerque, New Mexico.