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Newsletter - Vol. 7 No. 5 In This Issue

Dear Workforce3 One Community:

Featured in this issue:

And as always, we are pleased to share some of the newly posted resources and archived webinars from the past month.  Check these resources out and share one of your innovative ideas with your colleagues across the country. To do that, click, here.

Career Pathways Technical Assistance Resources
Evidence-Based Research on Improving the Effectiveness of Individual Training Accounts
Online Work Readiness Assessment Tool
Recently Posted Articles
Inside Workforce3 One: Webinars
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Announcing the Healthcare Virtual Career Network!

The Healthcare Virtual Career Network (VCN),, was developed by the American Association of Community Colleges and a number of partners under a grant from the Department of Labor.  The VCN is a gateway to new and better careers in healthcare fields.  Through the online portal, jobseekers can explore career options, take free online courses, locate training and education programs and find job openings.

The VCN is a one-stop for healthcare career information.  Users can find everything they need for over 80 healthcare occupations including interest assessments, information on training programs, certifications and licenses, local salary information and employment projections, and job openings. Users can even take online courses!  The VCN also offers a step-by-step career guide that acts as an online career counselor, guiding the user through all of the decisions necessary in career exploration, from choosing a career to finding the right training program and finally applying for the job.  View a 15-minute demonstration of the VCN to learn more.

We encourage you to see the site yourself and encourage your customers to take advantage of this new tool at and take a positive step toward their new healthcare careers today!


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Career Pathways Technical Assistance Resources

Is your state or local area engaged in developing career pathways?  Would you like to access a complete set of tools informed by others’ experience?  The Employment and Training Administration launched the Career Pathways Initiative in June 2010 and the grantees from this initiative have produced a diverse collection of resources and materials for the broader workforce investment system to use in creating successful career pathways initiatives. These resources and materials, which are all located on the Career Pathways Initiative Community of Practice, include:

The Employment and Training Administration has released Training and Employment Notice 39-11, which provides technical assistance resources for the workforce system on Career Pathways.  

For more information about the Career Pathways initiative, please visit the Career Pathways Community of Practice at

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Evidence-Based Research on Improving the Effectiveness of Individual Training Accounts

A new evaluation provides insights into how different Individual Training Account (ITA) service delivery models can affect customers’ participation in counseling; their use of ITAs; training outcomes; and employment and income outcomes 6-8 years after their program enrollment.  The models examined include “guided choice” (fixed cap on ITA funds with some required counseling); “structured choice” (more intensive counseling and more generous cap on ITA funds); and “maximum choice” (fixed cap on ITA funds with no required counseling).  Benefits and costs are examined from the perspective of the customer, government, and society as a whole.  The evaluation was funded by the Employment and Training Administration and conducted by Mathematica.

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Online Work Readiness Assessment Tool

The Office of Family Assistance, at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has just announced the National Rollout of the Web-based Online Work Readiness Assessment (OWRA) tool, a comprehensive, targeted, online resource that can be used to improve the assessment of TANF participants and other customers. The OWRA tool, available on the Welfare Peer Technical Assistance (WPTA) Network Web site includes:

  • an Intake Module to capture demographics, employment, and education information;
  • an Assessment Module to assess an individual’s strengths and barriers;
  • a Self-Sufficiency Plan to help the participants address their strengths and barriers; and
  • a Reporting Module to enable organizational leadership to monitor performance.

For more information, click here.


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Recently Posted Articles

Below are a few examples of some recently posted items on Workforce3 One.  If you have an innovative program or successful initiative that you would like to share, please e-mail us at:

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Inside Workforce3 One: Webinars

For dates and times of upcoming live Webinars, or to find recorded Webinars on other topics, visit the Workforce3 One home page, and check out the Webinars section on the right side of the page. 

Recently Archived Webinars:

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