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MSESP Grantee Webinar. October 4, 2011. Agenda. Welcome and Introductions Report on DOL Site Visit in September Getting to know you…. Grantee Presentation: Workforce Development, Inc. Report on ARRA Institute Getting to know you…. Grantee Presentation: Central Lakes College

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Msesp grantee webinar

MSESP Grantee Webinar

October 4, 2011



  • Welcome and Introductions

  • Report on DOL Site Visit in September

  • Getting to know you….

    • Grantee Presentation: Workforce Development, Inc.

  • Report on ARRA Institute

  • Getting to know you….

    • Grantee Presentation: Central Lakes College

  • Other Grantee Updates

  • Other Updates – RAD, etc.

  • Next Meeting

Dol site visit report

DOL Site Visit Report

  • Reports from sites visited

  • Participant File Review

    • Data Practices/EEO – make sure it is signed and in file for every participant

    • File checklist to be developed

    • Supportive services policy

    • Revised Participant Registration form

    • RAD registrations and updates

  • Other

Grantee presentation

Grantee Presentation

  • Workforce Development, Inc. – Becky Thofson

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Jumpstarting the Energy Industry in Southeast Minnesota

Workforce Development, Inc.

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  • Workforce Development, Inc. – Rochester

  • Southern Minnesota Joint Apprenticeship Training Consortium

  • IBEW Local Union #343

  • Riverland Community College

  • Electrical Contractors across Southeast and South Central MN

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Project Components:

  • Pre-employment Trades Academy at the IBEW Training Center

  • Solar Installer Certificate program at Riverland Community College for licensed electricians

  • Electrical Contractor workshops on adding solar installations to their business mix

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Pre-employment Trades Academy

  • Recruitment through WFC and IBEW

  • Silver level National Career Readiness Certificate

  • 20 hours training on site at IBEW Training facility

  • Emphasis on safety training

  • 10 hour OSHA certification

  • Referral back to WFC for jobsearch assistance and OJT opportunity

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Pre-employment Trades Academy

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Pre-employment Trades Academy

  • First class in August

  • 12 started the class – 8 finished

  • Apprenticeship curriculum from IBEW and Construction Trades heavily based on safety and the culture of construction

  • One OJT in progress with Water Filtration Company

  • Lessons learned:

  • Formal feedback process for the Academy

  • Orientation session at the Workforce Center

  • OJT information session during the Academy

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Solar Installer Certificate Program

  • 22 credit program at Riverland Community College

  • Tuition scholarships available for 20 students

  • Evening and online classes for working electricians

  • Recruitment to electrical contractors within 70 mile radius of Albert Lea

  • Orientation/registration session September 28th

  • Classes begin October 3rd

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Contractor Solar Business Workshops

  • Intended as an introduction to the Solar industry for contractors

  • Including hands-on introduction to solar equipment

  • A business model to assist contractors with the decision about entering the solar market

  • Workshops will be held this winter

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Becky Thofson

Workforce Development, Inc.


Report on arra institute in dc

Report on ARRA Institute in DC

  • Leveraged Resources Reporting

  • Incumbent Worker Placement

    • ETA’s definition of Entered Employment includes individuals who are employed when they begin training and enter a new position of employment after program completion, even if the new position is with the same employer, as long as the individuals utilize the competency or competencies they acquired through grant-funded education/job training in their new position.

    • How to define “new position of employment”?

    • Narrative Report – Report on number of incumbent workers who have completed training, but have NOT entered a new position of employment

Grantee presentation1

Grantee Presentation

  • Central Lakes College – Rebecca Best; Kori Busho

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Central Lakes CollegeRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Training

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The goal of this project was to provide short-term job readiness and industry specific information to dislocated and incumbent workers. The curriculum was designed and driven by industry leaders. Participants engaged in assessment, career counseling, case management, classroom training, and internships intended to increase the success in retro green construction and renewable energy manufacturing and sales with help from our industry partners and Rural MN CEP.

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Classroom training consisted of the following:

Technical Math

Oral communications

Written Communications


Basic Computer Skills

Tools and Tool Safety (10 hour OSHA)

Intro to Green & Retro Green Construction

Into to Renewable & Sustainable Energy

Residential Energy Auditor

Energy Sales

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  • We had 31 participants attend a variety of the training sessions, five dislocated workers and 26 incumbent workers.

  • After completion of the classroom training, we had four dislocated workers working in internships with industry partners. One dislocated worker declined the internship opportunity.

Other grantee updates

Other Grantee Updates

  • Let us know what is happening with your MSESP project

Other updates

Other Updates

  • RAD Update

    • Make sure that you update your participants in RAD

      • Training

      • Credentials

      • Placements

      • Supportive Services

    • Example: June reports showed 129 receiving support services – only 8 reported in RAD

Next grantee webinar

Next Grantee Webinar

Tuesday, November 1

10:00 AM


Dakota County Technical College

City of St. Paul

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