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Pathways for Dislocated Workers. Conference Track : Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development Session Information : 1:30pm – 2:30pm October 16, 2013 Room : Milwaukee. Pathways for Dislocated Workers. Presenters Dr. Jo Alice Blondin President Clark State Community College

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pathways for dislocated workers

Pathways for Dislocated Workers

Conference Track: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic DevelopmentSession Information: 1:30pm – 2:30pm October 16, 2013Room: Milwaukee

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Pathways for Dislocated Workers


Dr. Jo Alice Blondin


Clark State Community College

Mr. Richard Harris

Chief Student Officer

Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus

Sandra Cheffer

Chief Fiscal Officer

Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus

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Pathways for Dislocated Workers


Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus response to community need

Economic climate/need

Institution’s capacity to respond

Partners involved

Program Implementation and Duplication

Replication At Other Institutions

economic climate
Economic Climate
  • Regional economic profile – Ft. Smith, AR 2007
    • 300,000 residents in the metro area (7 counties)
    • Number 6 City in the Nation for Cost of Doing Business according to Forbes Magazine
    • 83% High School Diplomas
    • 20% Bachelor’s Degrees
    • Median household income: $32,000
    • Median family income: $41,960
    • Ozark, AR is the home of ATU-Ozark, a town of 3,500 people, and located approximately 35 miles from Ft. Smith
  • Who was Whirlpool
    • Largest employer in Ft. Smith area
    • 5,000 good-paying jobs at its peak in 2003
    • Permanently closed its doors 6/29/2012
atu ozark ability and willingness to respond
ATU-Ozark Ability and Willingness to Respond
  • Mission-driven institution
  • Technical education is the primary focus
  • 2007
    • Enrollment of 550 students
    • 13 Programs of Study
  • Practical Nursing program was accepting 80 students per year (40 Fall, 40 Spring)
agency partnerships
Agency Partnerships
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
      • Under the US Department of Labor
      • Came into being under the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and was first proposed by President Kennedy to assist US workers who lost their jobs to foreign trade
      • According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the average worker receiving TAA benefits has no education beyond high school, is from a manufacturing sector, and is 46 years of age.
      • Workers who qualify are able to receive:
        • training that will improve their work skills in order to find new employment. (improve marketability).
        • Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA)
        • Travel allowance
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Agency Partnerships
  • Arkansas Department of Workforce Services
    • Manage TAA funding for the State of Arkansas
    • Case Management
      • Retraining
      • Job placement
      • Execute contracts for both individual students and partnerships with schools.
2010 taa statistical data and comparison most recent statistics
2010 TAA Statistical Data and Comparison (most recent statistics)
  • Arkansas Data
    • 32 Petitions certified
    • 2,350 estimated workers covered
    • $26,139,860 awarded to Arkansas
  • Oklahoma
    • 17 Petitions certified
    • 833 estimated workers covered
    • $10,605,276 awarded to Oklahoma
  • Mississippi
    • 17 Petitions certified
    • 1,876 estimated workers covered
    • $8,887,095 awarded to Mississippi
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Agency Partnerships
  • Workforce Investment Act of 1998
    • Enacted to replace the Job Training Partnership Act from 1982
    • Purpose is to initiate private sector response to support job training efforts in communities.
  • Workforce Investment Board (WIB)
    • Instituted to manage the Arkansas Workforce Act
    • Created local board that combine public and private entities to support job training efforts within the communities.
    • Facilitated the partnership between DWS and ATU-Ozark that established the unique TAA Nursing Program.
    • Arkansas Workforce Centers provide locally developed and operated services linking employers and jobseekers through a statewide system. “One-stop" centers are designed to eliminate the need to visit different locations. (insert link – definition )
    • Western Arkansas Employment Development Agency
      • Funded through WIB
      • Services include job placement support and direct financial assistance directly to students (supplement to TAA funding)
    • Insert web link for cited information
  • Adult Education
    • assisted to improve college readiness for many dislocated workers.
partnership collaboration
Partnership Collaboration
  • DWS initiated contact with the Ozark Campus through the WIB
  • Ozark Campus created partnership with local hospitals to assist in program delivery.
    • Classroom space
    • Clinical rotations
  • Contract was proposed between DWS and ATU-Ozark to create, implement and deliver a Practical Nursing program for dislocated workers within an accelerated timeframe.
financing the program
Financing the Program
  • Calculate total grant funds
    • Program Costs
      • Instruction (salaries, benefits)
      • Student tuition, fees, books and supplies
      • Facilities costs such as rent and utilities
      • Equipment
      • Other expenses to students *
    • Indirect Cost rate not charged
    • Contract was written, vetted and signed
taa practical nursing program implementation
TAA Practical Nursing Program Implementation
  • Recruitment of students
    • Remove students’ barriers
    • Eliminated competition with non-TAA Practical Nursing applicants
  • Student preparation
    • Admissions, Testing and Financial Aid
    • Intensive advising sessions
  • Condensed the academic program from three full semesters to one calendar year
  • Identified and hired new faculty
taa program outcomes and lessons learned
TAA Program Outcomes and Lessons Learned
  • How to manage the class and students
  • Ensuring college readiness
  • Program Location
  • Program requirement changes – platform courses
  • Faculty Roles – balance the instruction
  • How to structure the funding model
  • Changed end of program course requirements to improve board examination pass rates
    • Focus to improve program outcomes and ensure student success
    • Used Perkins funds to purchase materials and software, and integrated this instruction into the curriculum
taa program outcomes and lessons learned continued
TAA Program Outcomes and Lessons Learned (continued)
  • Successful implementation of first program led to interest in subsequent programs
    • Since 2006 – total of four TAA programs
    • Created additional slots just for TAA workers
      • Three Nursing cohorts
      • One Air Conditioning and Refrigeration cohort
        • 17 students entered and completed the program
        • Employment data is not available at this time
    • All from layoffs and facility closure in the manufacturing sector
  • Also proposed a Welding program; funding not approved
  • From January 2007 – July 2010
    • 54 students entered program, 49 graduated, 45 found employment
  • Amended the program and contract each time – as mentioned in previous slides
taa program duplication
TAA Program Duplication
  • Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus exceled at fulfilling the goals of the contract and the needs and expectations of the students
  • Benefits to DWS
    • Reducing the long-term cost of dislocated workers
      • Retraining costs for one year versus unemployment and TRA benefits for up to 30 months
    • Getting workers back into the workforce in a timely manner
    • Creating opportunities for dislocated workers that did not otherwise exist
  • Allowed WIB to fulfill its mission by leveraging private and public entities to meet local employment needs.
replication at other institutions
Replication At Other Institutions
  • Evaluate the economic climate
    • Awareness of the economy in the region and in the state
      • Are there any company layoffs or closings, or other job losses
  • Adopt a collaborative mentality
    • Be sensitive , availability to the community, be a willing partner, be willing to allocate the resources to respond to the need – this will need support from all levels of the institution,
    • Identify the needs in the service area where education, government and economic uncertainty can be combined to benefit the workforce. How can the institution adapt to the environment?
    • What sectors of the economy are lacking a qualified workforce?
  • Seek Agency/funding partnerships
    • Position your institution to be able to enlist help. Start now; if you are not already involved in those partnerships, seek them.
  • Develop Program Timeline
    • Curriculum
      • Create accessibility for education but do not compromise academic integrity
    • Facilities
    • Establish a contract
      • Clear goals and responsibilities
      • Proper funding: funding – the money is there – need to access it – don’t be afraid to ask
  • Focus on program retention, completion, and employment
  • Celebrate and publicize successes