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.
About the Forum
Vermont DVR: ACRE-Certified Training Series
By Rick Kugler
Authored by: Laurie Ford, DeBrittany Mitchell, and Joe Marrone