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The American Legion Licensing and Credentialing SummitWashington DC February 2012National Chamber of CommerceRole of the Workforce System in Promoting Licensure and Certification of Service Members and Veterans

What is naswa
What is NASWA?

  • National Association of State Workforce Agencies

  • Represents Administrators of:

    • Unemployment Insurance laws

    • Employment Services

    • Job Training Programs

    • Labor Market Information

    • Veterans’ Employment and Training

    • Other Programs

Mission of naswa

  • Promote - State Workforce Agencies

  • Engage - in Liaison activities

  • Facilitate - information sharing

  • Initiate - training & development activities

Swas serving veterans

  • Jobs for Veterans State Grants

    • DVOP and LVER

  • Priority of Service for Veterans

    • Wagner-Peyser (Employment Service)

    • Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

    • Other Programs

  • Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Workshops

Swas serving employers

  • SWAs Serve Employers

    • Solicit job openings – Reaching out

    • Promote Hiring of Veterans

    • Provide Technical Assistance

    • Provide Resources and Tools

National labor exchange nlx

  • What is the NLX?

  • What does the NLX offer?

  • Connecting Across State Borders

  • Analytics:

    • Developing Real-time Demand Information

    • Traffic of Job Seekers

      • Skills

      • Location

      • Interests

Credentialing licensing

  • States’ Roles in Credentialing & Licensing

  • Cross-Matching Tools for Occupational Codes

  • Work with Governors’ Offices

Some state initiatives
Some State Initiatives

  • Current Activity

  • Planned Activity

  • Challenges

Bob Simoneau

Deputy Executive Director


(202) 434-8021

[email protected]


David B. Rich


Mission of the veterans employment and training service vets
Mission of theVeterans’ Employment and Training Service(VETS)

To provide Veterans and Transitioning Service members with the resources and services to succeed in the 21st Century workforce by maximizing their employment opportunities, protecting their employment rights, and meeting labor market demands with qualified Veterans.

Licensing and Credentialing Resources

VETS Field Staff

Jobs for Veterans’ State Grants (JVSG)

Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program (VWIP) Grants

Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

Jobs for veterans act public law 107 288
Jobs for Veterans Act (Public Law 107-288)

Jobs for Veterans Act, P.L. 107-288, requires priority of service to veterans and spouses of certain veterans for the receipt of employment, training, and placement services in any job training program directly funded, in whole or in part, by the Department of Labor.

Amends the authorized activities of the Local Veterans’ Employment Representative (LVER) staff and Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists.

Jobs for veterans state grants jvsg
Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG)

Approximately $160 million annually

Funds support almost 2,000 LVER staff and DVOP specialist who provide intensive services for Veterans and outreach to the business community

Jobs for veterans state grants jvsg1
Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG)

Located in One-Stop Career Centers in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Guam

Also assist Veterans who receive Vocational Rehabilitation and injured and wounded Veterans through the Recovery and Employment Assistance Lifelines (REALifelines) Program

Nationwide network
Nationwide Network

LVER staff facilitate the delivery of employment and training opportunities and provide job development services for Veterans while providing employment outreach services to businesses and organizations

DVOP specialists provide intensive services to Veterans with barriers to employment

Veterans workforce investment program vwip
Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program (VWIP)

WIA Section 168 (29 U.S.C. 2913) authorizes VWIP

Employment & Training Programs to meet the employability and training needs of veterans:

with service-connected disabilities;

Veterans who have significant barriers to employment including ex-offenders;

Veterans workforce investment program vwip1
Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program (VWIP)

Employment & Training Programs to meet the employability and training needs of veterans:

veterans who served on active duty in the armed forces during a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, and

recently separated veterans (48 months).

Vwip objectives
VWIP Objectives

To provide services to assist in reintegrating veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force.

To stimulate the development of effective delivery systems that will address the complex employment problems facing veterans.

Vwip nationally
VWIP Nationally

$9.6 Million Dollars authorized for Program Year (PY) 2011 Programs funds 22 Grantees Nationwide (17 of 22 must compete in 2012)

$14.5 Million Dollars PY 2012, up to $12.8 million to be competed in Spring 2012

Transition assistance program tap
Transition Assistance Program(TAP)

2.5 days of Instruction for Separating Service Members

Career self-assessment, guidance, and decision-making; Resume Development; Job Search and Interviewing; Labor Market Information; Licensing and certification

Presented at military bases where separation occurs

CONUS (including Alaska and Hawaii)

OCONUS (Overseas)

Transition assistance program tap1
Transition Assistance Program(TAP)


LVER staff/DVOP specialists/other State staff

Contracted Staff

VETS Federal Staff

Trained by the National Veterans’ Training Institute

Tap nationally 2011
TAP - Nationally (2011)

4,203 TAP Employment Workshops conducted CONUS and 601 conducted overseas in FY 2011

144,242 Transitioning Service Members and spouses attended workshops in the U.S. and 11,876 were assisted overseas last year

9 Million to fund States or provides contract support to facilitate TAP workshops

U s department of labor s national apprenticeship system


Franchella Kendall

Chief, Div of Standards and National Industry Promotion

What is registered apprenticeship

  • Combines structured paid on-the-job learning with related technical instruction

  • Guided by a specific set of standards

National apprenticeship act 29 u s c 50 established by congress in 1937

Secretary of Labor is authorized and directed to formulate and promote the furtherance of labor standards necessary to safeguard the welfare of apprentices.

Extend the application of labor standards by encouraging their inclusion in contracts of apprenticeship

Registered apprenticeship
Registered Apprenticeship

Two Regulations

  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 29/29 Apprenticeship Programs Labor Standards for Registration

  • Revised October 2008

  • CFR 29/30 promotes Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship

Revisions to cfr 29 29
Revisions to CFR 29/29

  • Apprenticeship completion: Three Approaches

    • -Traditional, time-based

    • -Competency-based

    • -Hybrid

How do you set up an apprenticeship program
How Do you Set Up an Apprenticeship Program?

Network of Federal Regional, State and State Apprenticeship (SAA) Directors and Training Representatives to assist employers

Registered apprenticeship1

The Office Of Apprenticeship and State Apprenticeship Agencies Provides Technical Assistance To Industry In the Following Areas:

  • Analysis of overall training needs

  • Analysis of training content and work process development

  • Development of related instruction curriculum

  • Program evaluation

  • Development of Affirmative Action Plan and Selection Procedure

Registration of an apprenticeship program

A company or an association, with or without union involvement, registers their program with the Office of Apprenticeship ). This is accomplished through a set of Standards which established the parameters under which the program will operate and includes but is not limited to:

  • On-the job work process

  • Related Instruction syllabus

  • Progressive wage rates

  • Expected work conditions

  • EEO pledge

Examples of recognized apprenticeable occupations

  • Airframe and Powerplant mechanic

  • Electrician

  • Nurse Assistant Certified

  • IT Generalist


“Certificate of Training”

(Intermediate skills recognition)

“Certificate of Completion of


Military apprenticeship programs active duty

  • United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP)

    (Navy, Marines and Coast Guard)

    Have over 124 apprenticeable occupations registered

    Currently over 63,000 Active Military are participate this program

Military apprenticeship programs active duty1

  • United States Army Apprenticeship Program—Culinary Arts

    The American Culinary Federation (ACF) joined with the U.S. Army to enhance its current foodservice training program by incorporating the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation’s (ACFEF) apprenticeship program into the Army’s foodservice training program

Military apprenticeship program
Military Apprenticeship Program

  • Army National Guard (GAPI)

    Army National Guard officially partnered with the U.S. Department of Labor to launch the Guard apprenticeship Program Initiative (GAPI), to be administered locally by states. The aim of this civilian employment assistance effort is to bridge the gaps (real and perceived) between Soldiers’ military training and the application of their training in civilian employment.


  • Military Direct Entry

    Veterans who completed military technical training school and participated in a registered apprenticeship program, or completed military technical training school in a recognized apprenticeable occupation, during their military service, may be given direct entry into the apprenticeship program.

United association veterans in piping

  • Partnership between the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters and he U.S. Military

  • Provides returning Veterans with 16 weeks of accelerated welding training

  • Training is free to Veterans

  • 200 veterans have completed the training

  • This is a component of their National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards

Helmets to hardhats

  • Program Places quality men and women from the Armed Forces into promising building and construction careers

  • The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry has expanded their Qualification for Apprenticeship Section in their National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards

Advantage to the employees
Advantage to the Employees

  • Classes offered from a variety of venues including community colleges

  • Incremental Salary Increase

  • National and State Recognized Credentials

Why it works benefits to employer
Why it works—Benefits to employer

  • Provides an effective Return on Investment (ROI) for recruiting & training employees

  • Apprentices are productive while learning

  • Ensures that apprentices attain the latest skills required for current and future jobs

  • Provides credentials that validate skills and competencies

Thank you
Thank you!

Franchella Kendall

Chief, Division of Standards

and National Industry Promotion

Office of Apprenticeship

[email protected]

Grant shmelzer exec director iec chesapeake

Grant Shmelzer

Exec Director, IEC- Chesapeake

Iec chesapeake apprenticeship and training program
IEC Chesapeake Apprenticeship and Training Program

Military Veterans are eligible for advanced standing in IEC Chesapeake’s Apprenticeship Programs

IEC Chesapeake also offers job placement for each apprentice in the program

Fortis institute all state career fortis college landover campus only

Fortis Institute All-State Career*Fortis College*Landover Campus only

Tony daRosa

President, Fortis Institute Woodlawn

Education for skilled professions
Education for Skilled Professions

Medical Assistants

Dental Assistants

Dental Hygienists

Pharmacy Assistants

Medical Office Assistants

Insurance Coders

Medical Billers

Radiology Technologists

Surgical Technologists

Commercial Drivers

HVAC Technicians

Electrical System Technicians

Computer Support Technicians


Massage Therapists



And more...

For consumer information visit or

Military experience and training is a plus
Military experience and training is a plus!

  • Commercial Drivers

  • * Class A and Class B

  • Radiologic Technologist

  • * program is accredited by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

  • Surgical Technologists

  • * program is approved by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Commercial Driver

“employment of commercial drivers is expected to increase nationally by about 13% from 2008 to 2018”.

(http://data.bls.govretrieved on 2/2/12)

  • Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL) is required

  • Equivalent military specialty is Motor Transport (Army). Due to state-by-state regulations, a military driver’s CDL is not transferrable to a civilian CDL

Job growth and wage outcomes can and will vary by area of the country. Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics web site for local market information:

Drive the guard at all state career
*Drive the Guardat All-State Career

  • Class A CDL Preparatory Driver Training

  • * 4 week customized training agreement

  • between All-State and the Maryland National Guard

  • Entry into an industry with career opportunity

  • We are proud of our job placement success rate

  • Visit for placement results

Radiologic Technologist

“employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase nationally by about 17% from 2008 to 2018”.

( retrieved on 2/2/12)

  • Must be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

  • Equivalent military specialty is Radiology Specialist (Army). Training is recognized/approved by ARRT; however, veterans must complete approved course curriculum and pass certification exam.

  • Program prepares individuals for ARRT certification test

Job growth and wage outcomes can and will vary by area of the country. Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics web site for local market information:

*Radiologic Technologist

  • 2 year program including clinical rotations

  • Program prepares graduates to sit for the ARRT certification examination

  • Fortis accepts direct transfer of applicable credits and military experience

  • *program available in the Woodlawn location

Surgical Technologist

“employment of surgical technologists is expected to increase nationally by about 25% from 2008 to 2018”.

( retrieved on 2/2/12)

  • Most employers prefer to hire Certified Surgical Technologists

  • Equivalent military specialty is Surgical Services (AF). Training is not recognized/approved by CAAHEP; veterans cannot become certified without additional training and CST certification test.

  • Job growth and wage outcomes can and will vary by area of the country. Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics web site for local market information:

Surgical Technologist

  • 2 year program including clinical rotations

  • Program prepares graduates to sit for the CST certification examination

  • Fortis accepts direct transfer of applicable credits and military experience

  • programs vary by campus

Our advantage

Our Advantage

  • Career-focused curriculum

  • Nationally Accredited Institutions that vary by campus

  • Fortis and All State Career will accept direct transfer of applicable credits and military training

  • Career placement assistance available for all graduates

Thank you for your time today
Thank you for your time today!

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Contact Information

Bob Simoneau - State WorkForce Agencies : [email protected]

David B. Rich - US DOL/VETS : [email protected]

Kendall, Franchella - ETA : [email protected]

Grant Shmelzer - IEC Chesapeake : [email protected]

Tony DaRosa - Fortis Institute : [email protected]

Stan Seidel - Easter Seals : [email protected]