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Rekindling the Dream. How can you be such an angry young man? Your future looks quite bright to me! Angry Young Man, Styx. Future? I don’t even have today, man. SC High School Drop Out, 2005.

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Rekindling the dream

Rekindling the Dream


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How can you be such an angry young man? Your future looks quite bright to me!

Angry Young Man, Styx


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Future? I don’t even have today, man.

SC High School Drop Out, 2005


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Poor people are not taught that they are in charge of their own lives, or that they can change their lives through the sheer force of their own ambition. Self-reliance and ambition are not parts of the culture of poverty.

Carol Apt

ACC Newsletter, Winter 2007


Quotes from rapid response staff

Quotes from Rapid Response Staff

  • “115 have been laid off—none of the employees expressed an interest in going into any type of training at this time.”  

  • “Around 75% of X company’s people do not have a high school education or GED. They are not interested in returning to school. Some of them cannot read or write at all but are not willing to admit that. Many of the others are functioning at such low grade levels they would run out of funds before they could finish remedial training, but once again, most of them are too embarrassed to admit it. For that reason, most of them refused to go through WIA assessment.”


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Population

Over 18 versus

Labor Force


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Labor Force = 2,046,546

(Employed + Unemployed)

Employed = 1,874,063

(Persons ≥16 working at least one hour/wk)

Unemployed = 172,483

(Not employed, available and actively seeking employment)

Not in Labor Force = 497,807

(Persons in population 18 years and older minus the labor force; based on 2004 Census Data, ≈.5 M over the age of 65)


Recent ets report america s perfect storm

Recent ETS Report: America’s Perfect Storm

  • Data from NAEP reveal that between 1984 and 2004 the average size of the Black-White and the Hispanic-White achievement gaps remained large and stable.

  • International surveys of students and adults indicate that while our average performance is no better than mediocre, our degree of inequality (the gap between our best and least proficient) is among the highest in OECD countries.


Perfect storm cont

Perfect Storm (cont.)

  • Large numbers of our nation’s adults do not demonstrate sufficient literacy and numeracy skills to fully participate in a competitive work environment

  • “We estimate that by 2030 the average levels of literacy and numeracy in the working-age population will have decreased by about 5% while inequity will have increased by about 7%.”


Workforce gap

Workforce Gap

  • 90 percent of the fastest growing jobs require technical skills training

  • 48 of the 50 best paying jobs require a minimum of two years post-secondary education

    Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics


Rekindling the dream we can help workforce investment act

Rekindling the Dream—We can helpWorkforce Investment Act

  • Federal program with dual customer base

    • Participants

    • Businesses

  • South Carolina received $63M for the 06-07 program year


Distribution of funds

Distribution of Funds


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One-Stop

$

UI

$

Wagner-

Peyser

$

Workforce

Investment

Act (WIA)

$

TANF

Voc Rehab

Adult Ed

Veterans

Etc…

Unemployment

Insurance (UI)

$$$

Core Services

(Resumes, job

Matching and

Searches, etc.)

Intensive Services

(Assessment,

money for training,

money for support

services)

Other Partners

Self Service Opportunities


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Different Levels of Jobs and Workers

  • Beginning Jobs/Emerging Workers

  • Better Jobs/Evolving Workers

  • Best Jobs/Excelling Workers


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$3.2M in Competitive Grants Samples of awards:OCTech: developing career pathways and providing instruction in nursing assistant, pre-employment manufacturing, patient care technician, and truck driving First Steps: developing career pathways for child care workers and providing training from the lowest to the highest jobs and skill levelsLexington/Richland 5: tripling the hours for adult education focusing on closing literacy and numeracy gaps, especially targeting the prison population, and assisting with the transition to the workforce


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Sample of WIA Participant Results

In 05—06, SC workforce development invested roughly $1900 in each of 10,889 adults seeking employment.

4800 adults are still receiving services.

Results for the other 6,055:

84% employment rate

90% employment retention rate

Average earnings

gain of $2906.


Increase adult participants

Increase Adult Participants

From July to the end of January, WIA has served 20% more adults than during the same period last year.

We will be partnering with CAP agencies in the coming months to discuss more direct referrals, etc.


People of wia

People of WIA

  • Serrenyun Tolden—single mother, used WIA funds for Lander’s Business Administration program, transportation, child care, and textbooks. She graduated with a 3.0, is working at the Department of Revenue, and is pursuing a masters in Accounting.

  • Keith Beall—high school drop out, laid off manufacturing worker, used WIA funds to get GED, go to Tri-County Tech for his EPA certification, tuition, books, transportation, and a living stipend. Now stably employed by Total Comfort.


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In a global economy, the government

cannot give anybody a guaranteed

success story, but you can give people the tools to make the most of their own lives.

Philip Bobbitt, The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History


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