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  • "Finding Integration"

    Without a tangible definition for "Service Integration" in the American Job Center, the WINTAC team set out to meet with State and local leadership in Iowa, Kentucky and Virginia. The mission was to determine how integration was defined in each of the three states. Below is a link to four videos. One is a composite of the three visits; and there are shorter videos that reflect the specific service integration strategies in Creston, Iowa; Covington, Kentucky; and Woodbridge, Virginia. These videos were designed for a target audience of service leadership and counselors/staff.

    "Finding Workforce Service Integration" is brought you by WINTAC.

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Job Seeker Services

  • The Basic Financial Assessment Tool is a tool that Career Counselors and other AJC staff can use in assessing a job seeker’s financial situation and awareness. The tool includes current guidance.
  • Customized Employment
  • An Integrated Resource Team (IRT)is used effectively in many Virginia AJCs as a structure for sharing customers in Career Pathway activity. The use of this practice is on the rise in many states.
  • These Tool Kits may be useful to your agency in developing strategies to increase AJC customer service:

  • Career Services – As stated in §361.420, each required partner must use a portion of funds available to provide applicable career services and work with state and local WDB’s to establish and maintain the one-stop delivery system. These regulations apply to Career Services in an American Job Center.

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Business Service Practices

  • Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) -- Business Engagement Community of Practice (CoP)

    A review of the archived session features the following:

    • Ideas and insights of collaborative activity
    • State DEI partnerships in business engagement
    • How this works in operation in AJCs in the DEI pilot sites
    • Examples of VR agency partnership with other AJC agencies
  • Resources through the Job Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center

    Our friends and colleagues with the JDVRTAC offer tool kits and support in the following areas:

    • Business Engagement
    • Customized Training
    • Employer Supports
    • Labor Market Information

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Financial Literacy

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Advisory Committee

WIOA established the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities. The Committee's Final Report summarizes the findings, conclusions and recommendations for the Secretary of Labor on, but not limited to, the following:

  • Ways to increase employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other individuals with significant disabilities in competitive integrated employment;
  • The use of certificate program carried act under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for the employment of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other individuals with significant disabilities; and
  • Ways to improve oversight of the use of such certificates.

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As a core partner in each state’s WIOA implementation, the State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency is in an important role to provide leadership in making AJCs accessible and inclusive through opportunities to increase awareness and through involvement in establishing criteria for One-Stop certification in their states. These resources can support the SVRA in their leadership role:

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Career Pathways

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Related Initiatives

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Ticket to Work

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies have maintained a longstanding partnership with the Social Security Administration that focuses on support to SSA disability beneficiaries in achieving self-sufficiency through career success. In the spirit of the WIOA vision, partnerships with other Ticket to Work Employment Networks in and out of the American Job Center should be established to enhance the career opportunities and supports for all job seekers with disabilities: Ticket to Work FAQs.

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WIOA Implementation

  • "Are You Ready for Integrated Services in the American Job Centers?"

    Implementing WIOA according to its vision in the act and in RSA TAC 15-01 with regard to service alignment and integration with the other Core and Required partners is a multi-step process. From a customer service standpoint, the nature and impact of the services provided and received have as much to do with how state and local partners work together as the guidance for implementation itself. To support your agency in this process, WINTAC has created a checklist to assist with your ongoing review of this implementation.

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