2012 Career Pathways Train the Trainer Series - Webinar #1: Getting Buy-In; Raising Awareness

Posted by Margaret Lamb - On August 09, 2012 (EST)

The 3-week Train-the-Trainer course provided Federal staff with the tools and resources necessary to help states, local areas, and tribal communities, build and expand career pathways systems. Course participants received a detailed overview of the Six Key Elements necessary for developing career pathway systems and the latest tools and resources available to build effective career pathways, reinforced by interactive instruction.


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On September 05, 2012  Andrala Walker said:
Hi Everyone! Welcome to the Career Pathways Train the Trainer!

For your first assignment, please be sure to read the Course Outline attached (click here for quick access). Then, introduce yourself to your colleagues in this comments section and:
  • Describe your interest in career pathways and expectations for the training.
  • Respond to the question, “Has your region/agency been doing work on Career Pathways? If so, please share what types of activities/work.”
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- Andrala


On September 05, 2012  Martha Frydl said:
My name is Martha Frydl. I work at the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, in the Office of Policy Development and Research. I am aware that ETA has been doing work on Career Pathways, providing technical assistance and tools through Workforce3one and other methods to state and local workforce boards and grantees. Because I work mainly on the regulatory aspects of ETA programs, I am interested to learn more about how career pathways are identified and developed through various partnerships, and the complexities of designing and implementing these initiatives across various states and municipalities.


On September 06, 2012  Larry Brendel said:
My name is Larry Brendel. I am the TANF Program Manager for DHHS - Administration for Children and Families - Office of Family Assistance - Region VI (Dallas). One of our priorities in the agency's Strategic Plan is to encourage/promote career pathways/skill-building activities for our TANF customers. The Arkansas TANF agency has supported a Career Pathways initiative since 2006 working with their Department of Higher Education Department. We also are working with the other Region VI States to develop and/or to enhance their skill-building/career pathways projects. In am interested in learning about how we, as a Federal agency, can effectively promote/encourage our TANF grantees to develop effective Career Pathways projects.


On September 06, 2012  Andrea Brown said:
My name is Andrea Brown. I work at the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, in the Division of Indian and Native American Programs. WIA Section 166 grantees continue to receive technical assistance and guidance on implementing career pathways. I am interested in learning about how to fully implement Career Pathways in those unique service areas.


On September 06, 2012  Alisa Tanaka-Dodge said:
Hi, I'm Alisa Tanaka-Dodge from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Office of Policy Development and Research. I've been interested in models for moving people into the workforce and out of poverty since the Clinton years. Back them I was a technical assistance contractor on projects related to implementating TANF and ETA's Welfare-to-Work grants.

In my current job I coordinate ETA's international activities (briefings for international delegations and responding to international information requests about our programs). Lots of foreign governments and international organizations are concerned about the skills gap between unemployed job seekers (especially from "vulnerable populations") and available jobs and growth industries, and they have been very intrigued when we've described mention Career Pathways. I hope this training can help inform DOL's technical assistance to developing countries's efforts to reduce poverty and unemployment by upskilling their workforce.


On September 06, 2012  William Kea said:
My name is William "Bill" Kea and I work for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Region V Chicago. My primary role as a Program Anaylst is to assess the effectiveness of Discretionary Grantees regarding their Performance Measures and Fiscal management. As a Federal Project Officer, I am interested in enhancing the performance of those grants assigned to me and to discover better and more effective ways to manage the Government's resources. It is my hope and expectation that Career Pathways will provide me additional strategies so that I may integrate those tools into my duties.


On September 06, 2012  Gene Caso said:
I'm Gene Caso and work for USDOL/ETA in the Region 3/Atlanta office, discretionary/competetive workforce development grants section. My interest and expectation for the training outcome is expanding the use of the "tools and resources" in our region to build and maintain effective partnerships, as well as enhancing grantee performance.


On September 06, 2012  nancy smith brooks said:
My name is Nancy Brooks and I work at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Academic and Technical Education, administering the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.


On September 06, 2012  Andrala Walker said:
Thanks to those of you who have commented so far! We are taking note of your expectations and making sure our training meets your needs. Keep those comments coming!


On September 07, 2012  Guy Suetopka said:
My name is Guy Suetopka. I am a Federal Project Officer in the Employment and Training Administration/Division of Indian and Native American Programs, outstationed in San Francisco. We have been working with our grantees in implementing Career Pathways for over a year. The concept of bringing together educational and employment resources to work and design methods to enhance the skills and abilities of their population was new. The course should help in getting grantees in approaching local resources to buy-in and support the concept.


On September 10, 2012  Christopher Coro said:
I'm Chris Coro with the Department of Education (Division of Adult Education and Literacy). We've been working on various career pathways-focused national leadership activities over the past several years now. We've done technical assistance projects focused on local implementation as well as state policy development. Looking forward to learning from my colleagues out there.


On September 10, 2012  Michael Hotard said:
Hi! I'm Michael Hotard with the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Region 1 Office in Boston. I'm a Federal Project Officer that works with discretionary grantees. Many of our grantees incorporate or are interested in incorporating Career Pathways into their programs and strategies. I hope this course will provide information that I can share with my colleagues here in Region 1 and with our grantees to improve their understanding and implementation of Career Pathways, ultimately improving their performance and outcomes. I hope to learn about what is an effective way to integrate the Career Pathways strategy into a workforce training model and what are the common challenges. Also, how specific the Career Pathways are to each state and how much can be generalized or borrowed across states.


On September 10, 2012  Blair Corcoran said:
Hello there! My name is Blair Corcoran, and I work in the Office of Family Assistance in the Administration for Children and Families (HHS). I work on the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program as a Program Specialist. The HPOG program helps TANF and other low-income individuals get access to education and training in the health care field in areas that are in high demand and pay well so as to help participants become self-sufficient. Our program has been working with our grantees to think about beyond just helping clients get the first job, but how to create career pathways among the training programs that they provide and also create awareness of career pathways among our clients.


On September 10, 2012  Robin Utz said:
Greetings! I am Robin Utz and work at the US Department of Education for Office of Vocational and Adult Education. I serve as the chief in the College and Career Transitions Branch. We have been working on a number of initiatives for implementing Career Clusters Programs of Study. I am certainly looking forward to the collaboration and learning from my colleagues.


On September 11, 2012  Sara Hastings said:
Hi everyone. I am Sara Hastings and I work in the Employment and Training Administration in the Division of Youth Services. I participated in the Career Pathways Institute held at DOL as a facilitator for the state of New Mexico. I learned quite a bit during those two Institutes and am looking forward to gaining additional training and experience in this area.


On September 11, 2012  Amelia Popham said:
Good morning! My name is Amelia Popham, and I work for the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance. I work on the Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. I look forward to the training.


On September 11, 2012   said:
Good Morning, I am Aracelis Del Ray with DHHS Administration for Children & Families, Office of Family Assistance - Program Specialist overseeing the Virgin Islands TANF Program. Looking forward to learning new and innovative ways to further assist our States and Territories create stronger Career Path initiatives. Thank you


On September 11, 2012  Aracelis Del Ray said:
Good Morning, I am Aracelis Del Ray with DHHS Administration for Children & Families, Office of Family Assistance - Program Specialist overseeing the Virgin Islands TANF Program. Looking forward to learning new and innovative ways to further assist our States and Territories create stronger Career Path initiatives. Thank you Career Pathways Initiative New York State has its own Career Pathways initiative. State level TANF and DOL have collaborated to provide counties funding for job training and education programs to improve the economic prospects of low-income workers throughout the state. The initiative is designed to prepare low-income workers for careers in high-demand fields, such as green technology and construction, and health care. Training is provided at 28 sites Statewide most which are located in New York City. Individuals eligible for this initiative include public assistance recipients, low-wage workers and people receiving unemployment insurance in households with incomes of less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. One popular Career Pathways example is the Year Up NYC program www.yearup.org. It is a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships. Their goal is to provide young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. New York also provides Counties funding for the Green Jobs Corps program which provides work based skills, training and subsidized employment placements of up to 40 hours a week for up to one year in "green sector" jobs such as, but not limited to, weatherization, energy efficiency, environmental conservation, renewable energy and natural resource preservation and beautifications. All programs must include the following training: • Work readiness training to prepare individuals for work including topics such as ability to interact effectively with a supervisor and co-workers, an understanding of employer expectations and career exploration. • Occupational skills training related to the job or sector in which the individual will become employed through the Green Jobs Corps program either prior to or concurrent with the subsidized work.


On September 11, 2012  Melissa Lehman said:
Hello All! I’m Melissa Lehman, Federal Project Officer, Philadelphia Regional Office, ETA. I work out of the Office of Special Initiatives and Demonstrations and I’m interested how we can integrate career pathway strategies into our competitive grant programs. Many of our discretionary grants struggle with employment outcomes and a more strategic career pathways approach may help them better achieve successful outcomes.


On September 11, 2012  LaMonica Shelton said:
Hello, everyone. My name is LaMonica Shelton, TANF Program Manager for Region IV, with the Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, HHS. I look forward to this series. In our region, we have developed and will continue a partnership with DOL-ETA. Together, we are looking for ways to strengthen pathways to employment. One state in particular has developed a strong health-related career pathway program, but they are struggling to engage TANF clients. This is a challenge that has hindered a number of states from building out these opportunities. Through this series we hope to: - Help states think about how to establish pathway programs; - Identify other fields of high demand that could be appropriate opportunities for our TANF clients; - Find ways to support clients in overcoming, in some case, multiple barriers to employment; - Develop more pathway opportunities that lead to long-term employment with transferable skills; - Understand how to get more employers at the table; and - Help states think creatively about how to address resource challenges.


On September 11, 2012  Melissa Duis said:
Hello. My name is Melissa Duis and I am a TANF Program Specialist. I work in Region IV (Atlanta) for the Department of Health and Human Services/Administration for Children and Families/Office of Family Assistance. I look forward to learning more about career pathways so that I can more effectively encourage and support States in their pursuit or expansion of career pathways systems.


On September 11, 2012  Jacqueline Jackson said:
My name is Jacqueline Jackson. I'm a Region IV ACF/TANF Program Specialist in Atlanta. I'm excited about the new partnership with WIA and look forward to learning more about how we can work together to benefit our clients and support our States.


On September 11, 2012  Lauren Fairley-Wright said:
Hello All! My name is Lauren Fairley-Wright and I am a Workforce Analyst in ETA's Office of Workforce Investment - Division of National Programs, Tools and Technical Assistance. I work specifically in Electronic Tools (O*NET, Competency Models and Career Assessments). My relevant experience with career pathways is related to ETA activities involving credentials, competency models, and career ladders/lattices...see our Competency Model Clearinghouse website ...http://www.careeronestop.org/competencymodel/ I am looking forward to learning more about career pathways and working collaboratively with other agencies :)


On September 11, 2012  Michael Delaney said:
Hello, Michael Delaney here and I work at the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, in the Division of Indian and Native American Programs. My relevantexperience with career pathways consist of dealing with the WIA Section 166 grantees and providing themwith carious technical assistance and guidance on implementing career pathways. I am interested in learning about how to acheieve better outcomes in the various tribal communities.


On September 11, 2012  Kajuana Donahue said:
Hi, my name is Kajuana Donahue and I work at the U.S. Dept. of Labor/ETA in the Office of State Systems, Division of Workforce Investment. I am a Federal Project Officer/State Liaison and am exicited to learn more about how Career Pathways can enhance the workforce experience of our participant customers through our state and local partners.


On September 11, 2012  Christopher Ransome said:
Hi All - My name is Christopher Ransome and I work for the U.S. Dept. of Labor/ETA - Region 2. I am a Federal Project Officer for the Office of Special Initiatives and Demonstration Grants. I am interested in learning more about career pathway strategies and resources to help grantees make necessary connections and build systems to strengthen outcomes.


On September 11, 2012  Ron Juergens said:
Hi, Ron Juergens with Region 10 ACF/TANF (Seattle). Looking forward to learning more about career pathway strategies and applying them here in the Pacific Northwest.


On September 12, 2012  Heidi Silver-Pacuilla said:
Hello, My name is Heidi Silver-Pacuilla and work for U.S. Dept. of Ed/Office of Vocational and Adult Ed. My team manages the professional development and technical assistance contracts and grants that support adult educators and program administrators. Career Pathways is a very hot topic! Everyone wants to learn how to do it, do it better, scale up their efforts, and get partners interested and involved. I'm looking forward to learning more so I can bring those lessons to our professional developers and our practitioners.


On September 12, 2012  Christopher Mendoza said:
Good morning. My name is Chris Mendoza and work for the US DOL/ETA-Region V. I work with National Emergency Grants, Disability Employment Initiatives and Workforce Innv. Funds. I am looking forward to learning about strategies that will incorporate education with workforce programs.


On September 12, 2012  Shannon Bopp said:
Hello! My name is Shannon Bopp and I work at the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance. My work primarily involves the Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. I'm looking forward to learning more about career pathways in this webinar.


On September 12, 2012  Sylvia Thomas said:
Hello, my name Sylvia Thomas and I work at the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Division of Youth Service/YouthBuild Team. Look forward to learning about career pathways and resources available to serve at-risk.


On September 12, 2012  Laura Messenger said:
Hi, my name is Laura Messenger and I work in the Department of Education's office of Vocational and Adult Education. I work on a number of initiatives in Career and Technical Education, including Career Clusters and CTE programs of study. I look forward to learning more about different Career Pathways initiatives.


On September 13, 2012  Andrala Walker said:
Thanks everyone for your introductions. Your next pre-class assignment is on Registration Page #2!


On September 19, 2012  Emily Ferlis said:
Hi my name is Emily Ferlis and I work in the Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy. I work with professional development projects that focus on preparing adults with the literacy and numeracy skills needed for college and career readiness. I am excited to hear more about what my colleagues are doing in the field of career pathways!



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