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Workforce Acceleration Grants and the WorkOne System. December 8, 2009 ISFFA Winter Conference Indianapolis. Today’s Presenter. Nate Klinck Director of Policy Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Email: [email protected] Phone: 317-233-6078.

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Workforce Acceleration Grants and the WorkOne System

December 8, 2009

ISFFA Winter Conference

Indianapolis


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Today’s Presenter

Nate Klinck

Director of Policy

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 317-233-6078


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Indiana’s Workforce Investment System

  • Overseen by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

  • Oversees multiple state and federal workforce programs:

    • Unemployment Insurance

    • Work Opportunity Tax Credit

    • Trade Adjustment Assistance

    • Reemployment Services / Wagner-Peyser Act

    • Workforce Investment Act


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Workforce Investment System Structure

  • DWD works with State Workforce Innovation Council to oversee WIA services throughout the State

  • Two Workforce Boards in State – IPIC and Balance of State


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Workforce Investment System Structure (cont.)

  • Balance of State Workforce is comprised of 11 Regions, overseen by Regional Workforce Boards

  • Regional Workforce Boards procure Regional Operators to manage day-to-day operations at WorkOne Centers


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Workforce Investment System Structure (cont.)

  • All eleven Regions and Marion County have at least on full-service WorkOne Center, and a number of WorkOne Express Offices

    • Total Number of WorkOne Offices = 27 Full-Service Offices and 65 Express Offices

  • Services offered at WorkOne Offices include:

    • Career Counseling

    • Job Search Assistance

    • Resume Writing Assistance

    • Pre-Vocational Training – remediation, adult education

    • Occupational Skills Training


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WorkOne-funded Training

  • Guiding rules for “training” are defined in the Workforce Investment Act

  • What many refer to as education, workforce system refers to as “occupational skill training”

  • Training must be directly linked to occupations that are in demand

  • Participants must be case managed throughout the entire process. Potential Participants at WorkOnes must:

    • Have eligibility determined;

    • Receive interview, evaluation, and/or assessment – be determined in “need” of training and have the ability to successfully complete the training;

    • Check-in regularly with case managers/counselors throughout their training

  • Training programs available through WorkOnes are not entitlement programs


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Workforce Acceleration Grants

  • State of Indiana received $59 million in additional WIA funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

    • Funds must be spent by June 30, 2011

    • Cannot be used to “supplant” any State funds utilized for training/education

  • State Workforce Innovation Council allocated $18.6 million of these funds to the 11 Regions to implement the Workforce Acceleration Grants program

    • IPIC (Marion County) received separate pool of funds from ARRA, and is voluntarily participating in WAG


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Workforce Acceleration Grants

  • Workforce Acceleration Grants uses Federal Stimulus money to help eligible students offset the unfunded cost of education (up to $3,000 per academic year)

  • Workforce Acceleration Grants can be used to supplement federal and state student financial-assistance and may replace a student’s federally determined Expected Family Contribution


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Workforce Acceleration Grants

  • Workforce Acceleration Grants may only be applied to tuition, fees, and books.

  • Federal (Pell) and State Grants must be applied to cost of attendance before the application of Workforce Acceleration Grants is permitted.


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Who is Eligible?

  • All participants of this program must be 18 years of age or older and have a legal right to work in the U.S. Participants must also fall into one of the two groups below:

  • Low-Income participant:

    • Family receives federal, state, or local public assistance; or

    • Total family income at or below federal poverty level ($23,239 for family of four).

  • Unemployed Worker:

    • Unlikely to return to previous occupation/career field; AND

    • Falls into ONE of the following categories

      • Unemployed through no fault of their own

      • Received notice of impending layoff;

      • Spouse of dislocated worker (earning less than 50% of family income);

      • Self-employed, but business closed as a result of economic conditions.


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Who is Eligible?

  • Students MUST be pursuing a degree or certification that will place them into high-demand or high-wage jobs

    • Should be occupational or vocational

    • Study must lead toward an associate degree or an accredited certificate program

      • No bachelor or other advanced degrees

    • General studies and liberal arts programs are NOT covered


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What Can You Do?

  • Refer eligible applicants to the local WorkOne office.

    • The location of the WorkOne office can be found at the WorkOne Works website:

      • www.workoneworks.com


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What Can You Do?

  • Help fill out Workforce Acceleration Grant application

Part A will be filled out by the applicant and by WorkOne Staff

Part B will be completed by the Financial Aid Officer at the institution the student will be attending

Part C Will be Completed by the WorkOne staff


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The Application Form: Part A

This part of the application form gathers pertinent information about the students and their chosen schools.

This part of the Form is where the student acknowledges that information will be shared between the Financial Aid Administrator and WorkOne.

On this part, the WorkOne Office supplies its contact information. This is where the application must be returned after Part B is completed.


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The Application Form: Part B

This is the part of the form that will be completed by the Financial Aid Officer.

Please enter the federally determined Expected Family Contribution here.

Though WAG grants are able to cover this money, it still needs to be included on the form. Once the form is returned to WorkOne, steps will be taken to reduce or eliminate this number when the grant amount is calculated.

The form asks for each of the applicant’s financial resources.


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The Application Form: Part C

Grants will be issued to students in the form of vouchers.

These vouchers may be redeemed for tuition, fees, and books at the student’s institution of higher education.

This part of the application will be filled out by WorkOne Staff as they determine the dollar amount, up to $3,000 per academic year, that the applicant is qualified to receive.


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Grant Application Process

  • Student referred to WorkOne

    • WorkOne Staff will work with the student to determine their eligibility and complete an individual employment plan

    • Student will begin to fill out the application form

  • Student will take the application form to financial aid administrator at his or her school

    • FAA will fill out Part B of the form. This includes calculating the total cost of education and the total amount of grants or other aid the student has been awarded


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Grant Application Process

  • Student returns form to WorkOne, where the total unfunded cost of his or her education will be determined

  • Student’s unfunded cost of education is equal to the total cost of education minus all of the grants and other aid awards the student has. For the purposes of Workforce Acceleration Grants, the expected family contribution will be calculated, by WorkOne Staff, as $0


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Sample Numbers

Students total cost of Education: $5,500

Pell Grant: $2,000

State Grant: $1,000

Expected Family contribution: $500


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How Grant is Calculated at WorkOne

$5,500 Total cost

Minus

$2,000 Pell Grant

Minus

$1,000 State aid

Minus

$500 Expected Family Contribution

___________________________

$2,500 Unfunded cost of education

Workforce Acceleration Grants may be used to help offset a student’s Expected Family Contribution. This means that, even though it must be included on the form, it is not included when figuring out the size of the Workforce Acceleration Grant for which a student qualifies.


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WorkOne

  • After a student receives a Workforce Acceleration Grant, he or she will be assigned a case manager at the WorkOne office. This case manager will assist the student throughout their training and will help them locate employment

  • Information about WorkOne can be found at the WorkOne portal:

    • www.workoneworks.com


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Region 1

Krystal Levi

Regional WorkOne Mgr

Center of Workforce Innovations

2804 Boilermaker Court, Ste. E

Valparaiso, IN

P: 219-462-2940

[email protected]

Region 2

Tom Primrose

Director of Workforce Facilities

Partners for Workforce Solutions

851 S. Marietta St

South Bend, IN

P: 574-237-9675 x 1063

[email protected]

Workforce Acceleration Grants Single Point of Contact

  • Region 3

    Lisa Mungovan

    Director of WorkOne Initiatives

    Partners for Workforce Solutions

    300 E. Main Street, Ste. 100

    Ft. Wayne, IN

    P: 260-459-1400 x 4516

    [email protected]

  • Region 4

    Deborah Waymire

    Chief Operations Officer

    Tecumseh Area Partnership

    976 Mezzanine Dr, Suite C

    Lafayette, IN 47905

    P: 765-807-0882

    [email protected]


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Region 5

Alison Cole

Director of Policy and Programs

Indiana Region 5 Workforce Board

891 South Street

Greenfield, IN

P: 317-467-0845

[email protected]

Workforce Acceleration Grants Single Point of Contact

  • Region 6

    Mellisa Leaming

    Director of Operations

    Alliance for Strategic Growth

    122 E. Main Street

    Muncie, IN

    P: 765-282-6400 x 112

    [email protected]

  • Region 7

    Renee Hankins

    System Director

    WorkOne Western Indiana

    1700 E. Industrial Drive

    Terre Haute, IN

    P: 812-298-2364

    [email protected]

  • Region 8

    John Corcoran

    Cocoran and Wishart

    2597 West Vernal Pike

    Bloomington, IN

    P: 812-332-4496

    [email protected]


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Region 9

Alison Cole

Director of Policy and Programs

Indiana Region 9 Workforce Board

500 Industrial Drive, Suite 144

Lawrenceburg, IN

P: 812-537-4949

[email protected]

Workforce Acceleration Grants Single Point of Contact

  • Region 10

    Tony Waterson

    Regional Director

    WorkOne Region 10

    3310 Grant Line Road

    New Albany, IN

    P: 812-941-6423

    [email protected]

  • Region 11

    Kay Johnson

    System Performance Specialist

    Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce

    318 Main St, Suite 504

    Evansville, IN

    P: 812-492-4508

    [email protected]

  • IPIC – Marion County

    William Miller

    Director, Workforce Initiatives

    Indianapolis Private Industry Council

    151 N. Delaware, Suite 1600

    - Indianapolis, IN

    - P: 317-684-2242

    [email protected]


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Success to Date (through Oct. 31, 2009)

  • 2,085 Enrolled in WAG program

  • $2.6 million expended

  • Too early to project outcomes

    • # completed training

    • # placed into employment in related industry

    • # retained employment after six months

    • Average income of participants following training


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Questions?

Nate Klinck

Director of Policy

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

[email protected]

317-233-6078


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