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					American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
Partnering With The Workforce System to Serve
WIA Clients

Office of the Chancellor
April 3, 2009




                           The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Welcome and Introductions

    Michael Murphy, Associate Vice Chancellor
 Strategic Partnerships & Workforce Development




                  The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Overview of Meeting
•   Welcome and Introductions
•   ARRA WIA Funding
•   Training Resource Center
•   Joyce Foundation Shifting Gears Grant
•   Challenges in Meeting Stimulus Needs
•   Next Steps




                    The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
 Funding Available in ARRA

         Bonnie Elsey, DEED
Division Director, Workforce Development




              The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Intent of ARRA

• Preserve and create jobs
• Speed up nation’s economic recovery
• Assist those most impacted by recession




                   The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Guiding Principles of ARRA
• Implement and spend money quickly
• Use resources effectively – increase service
  capacity (double)
• Be accountable for all money and measures
• Be transparent – it’s the tax payers’ money,
  report widely and frequently




                   The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Respond to Dual Customer



• Workers
• Employers




              The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Intended outcome of ARRA

• Substantially increase # of customers in
  training (70%)
• Concurrently spend PY09 allocation
• Substantially increase # of customers served
  (double)
• Move low-income adults to middle class or
  sustain middle class



                    The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Alignment Strategies

• Regional Economies – existing and emerging
  employers
• Adult Basic Education
• Institutions of Higher Education
• Registered Apprenticeships
• Economic Development
• Employment &Training Providers



                    The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Job Seeker Customer Support

• Training that leads to credential, diploma, or
  certification.
• Provisions of support services to complete
  objective
• Provisions of needs-based payments to
  complete objective
• Articulate career pathways leading to middle
  class


                   The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Regional Strategies

• High-demand industry sectors
• Renewable energy (green jobs)
• Advanced manufacturing
• Healthcare
• Infrastructure projects like
  telecommunications, roads, broadband
• Support green economy



                  The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Allowable Activities ARRA

• Activities that differ from WIA
     • Allows contracts with institutions of
       higher education
     • Allows LWIBs to pay full cost of training
       up front
     • Allows performance-based contracts
       with institutions of higher education
     • Any institution of higher education
       automatically on approved vendor list
                    The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Priority of Service all Programs

• Veterans and eligible veteran spouses top
  priority all programs
• WIA Adult – public assistance recipients and
  low-income adults (veterans within this
  population)
• WIA Youth – increase age to 24 to include
  youth not disconnected to work or school,
  (veterans within this population)


                  The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Unemployment Insurance Claimants

• Re-employment Assessment program (UI)
• Re-Employment Services program (Wagner-
  Peyser)
• Regular Wagner-Peyser program




                 The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Wagner-Peyser Employer Services

• Matching job requirements with job seekers
• Specialized recruitment services
• Analyze hard-to-fill job orders
• Assist with job restructuring
• Assist with job retention services




                    The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Integrated Services

• Seamless delivery of services between UI,
  REA, RES, Wagner-Peyser, WIA, Veteran
  Services, and Workforce Information
• Minnesota includes Rehabilitation Services,
  State Services for the Blind, MFIP, and Adult
  Basic Education wherever possible




                    The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
 • Words engraved in national monument in
   Washington DC


    “There is no greater demoralizing
      experience for mankind than
      unemployment.”

    – Its our job to humanize the experience and help us out of
      the Great Recession of 2009.



                         The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
History in the Making

 Let our future generations
 remember us for our service…let’s
 get to work helping others.

www.positivelyminnesota.com




                 The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Training Resource Center
         Marc Breton
       ISEEK Solutions




         The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
• The Training Resource Center is a web-
  based tool that allows counselors,
  employers, and the general public to
  quickly find or request training to help
  Minnesotans become re-employed.
• It will be located on the redesigned
  www.iseek.org website.



                    The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Phase 1: Spring, 2009
  – Targeted audiences are:
     • Career counselors and resource area staff
       (Minnesota Department of Employment and
       Economic Development’s sponsored programs and
       certified providers)
     • Training providers (Minnesota State Colleges and
       Universities and the University of Minnesota)
  – It will be launched with technology enhancements
    to the 2002 Training Fulfillment Center.


                      The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Phase 2: Summer, 2009
• Targeted audiences are:
  –   Counselors
  –   Employers
  –   Training providers
  –   General public
• In Spring of 2009, Training Resource Center
  staff will survey the above groups to fine-tune
  the website.



                       The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
• The Training Resource Center is co-
  sponsored by the Minnesota Department of
  Employment and Economic Development and
  Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  through a Minnesota Job Skills Partnership
  grant.




                  The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
For more information, contact:
Nancy Jacobsen, iSeek Solutions Executive
Director, at 651-201-1515 or
Nancy.Jacobsen@csu.mnscu.edu




                   The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
  Joyce Foundation
 Shifting Gears Grant
             Linda Lade
Systems Director for College Transitions




              The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Education Data: Adults in Minnesota
                         Age 18-64*

• 1,976,325 Minnesotans have not completed
  college (Associates Degree or higher) = 60.2
  percent
• 251,210 have not completed high school (or
  equivalent)
• 892,744 have high school diploma but have not
  entered college
• 832,371 completed some college but no degree
• 61,327 speak little or no English
* Center for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and National
   Center for Higher Education Management Systems
                             The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
What are we trying to fix?
     Adults have different needs than traditional-age students.




• Limited alignment between ABE, higher
  education and occupational training
• Postsecondary focus on traditional age
  student, including financial aid
• Narrowly-focused workforce dollars
• Slow-pace responding to business need
• Siloed data systems


                           The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Emerging vision statement for serving low-skilled, low-wage
workers in Minnesota

• The Minnesota FastTRAC initiative envisions clearly
  identifiable, sustainable, and highly effective
  stackable credential (career pathway) employment
  and training programs at post-secondary institutions
  and other sites throughout the state that provide
  opportunities for low-wage, low-skilled adults to
  increase their basic and occupational skills and
  acquire credentials that bring a sizable payoff in the
  labor market.
                     - Executive Leadership Team
                       Minnesota FastTRAC Initiative


                        The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Washington State “Tipping Point”
study…..
• Attending college for at least one year and earning a credential
  provides a substantial boost in earnings for adults with a high
  school diploma or less who enter higher education through a
  community college. *

• Rethinking existing community college programs to create more
  of an educational transit system has to be done collaboratively,
  involving faculty and staff from across the academic and
  administrative divisions or “silos” that characterize most
  community colleges and higher education institutions generally. *



* http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/




                             The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
After the stimulus money and the foundation grants are
gone, what will we have in place?

• Systems and policy change that support the new model will be
  completed
• Every ABE program, work force center, and post-secondary
  institution will have a partnership and defined collaborative
  programming for adult learners to reach the “tipping point” or
  beyond
• Barriers to success that previously existed will be removed
• Resources will be targeted to real needs and used more
  effectively to fill gaps that allow students to complete program
  goals
• Data tracking will allow student progress to be measured for the
  first time


                             The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Elements of a Stackable Credential Framework

•   Fast-track programming
•   Career pathway development
•   Multi-level, industry-recognized credentials
•   Contextualized and competency-based
    curricula
•   Bridge programming
•   Flexible entry points
•   Connections with regional demand-driven job
    needs
•   Support services specific to adult students
•   Comprehensive data collection
                     The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
“Incubators” that received funds to
enhance successful programs

• http://www.cte.mnscu.edu/perkinsIV/fasttrac2008.htm


• Successful testing of changes at the local and
  regional level, and collaborative actions at the
  local and state level, will lead to specific
  recommendations to better align resources and
  policies across relevant agencies/systems and
  move toward creating a state level stackable
  credentials framework.

                      The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Findings for building the framework
…regarding partnerships

• Partnerships are organic; a program is about
  relationships: reaching agreement on who will do what
  and holding each other accountable

• Every incubator had a strong MnSCU institution as a
  partner (financing/tuition, counseling, facilities,
  instruction, curriculum development)

• Most partnerships had a strong non-profit CBO (who
  sometimes was also an ABE provider) that focused on
  support services, outreach to employers, delivering
  training, among other things

                      The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Findings for building the framework
…regarding partnerships

• Getting a stronger connection to ABE was most
  common effort for strengthening the partnership,
  including additional funding (need to assess ABE role
  in “basic skills development”, referral and recruitment)

• Only one incubator had a WFC at the core or lead
  partner; WFC/WIBs roles were more typical for
  referrals, program-eligible supports, and job search
  assistance

• ABE providers in greater MN have part-time staff,
  limiting ABE availability

                        The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Findings for building the framework
…regarding curriculum and delivery
• Short-term (8 hours to 12 weeks per
  course)

• Modular

• Online options
  o Hands-on learning that incorporates actual work tasks,
    some OJT
  o Curriculum targets soft skills in combination with
    occupational skills
  o Contextualized learning, vocabulary
  o Student cohorts (incumbent and new entrants)
  o Curriculum already available
  o Customized Training for trainer options
                       The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Preliminary recommendations for
continuation of MN FastTRAC

• Help fill support service funding gap as supportive
  services are too restrictive to adequately respond to
  demand; investigate further “liaison” role in FastTRAC
  models

• Be flexible to work with employers and programs for
  part-time/temporary jobs (“family-supporting wage”
  may not be realistic in near term) or alternatives while
  participants wait for jobs

• Basic, work-readiness, soft skills training remains
  priority; can be assessed at intake and should be
  assessed in cost-benefit analysis
                        The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Preliminary recommendations for
continuation of MN FastTRAC

• Need assistance to continue to identify industries with
  entry level jobs and the skills needed

• Explore potential roles for Workforce centers, namely:
  OJT placement, provision of training dollars and
  support services for eligible participants; making
  FastTRAC program WIA-eligible

• Focus on alignment on assessment, placement and
  curriculum between ABE and MnSCU occupational
  skills training opportunities, and on “academic”
  programs

                       The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Bridge programs – a term to learn
• Bridge programs prepare adults with limited
  academic or limited English skills to enter and
  succeed in credit-bearing postsecondary
  education and training leading to career-path
  employment in high-demand, middle- and high-
  skilled occupations.
              - from Wisconsin Shifting Gears “Bridge
   Definition               and Core Elements”
   document



                      The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Minnesota’s FastTRAC model will include
bridge programming


• Bridge programs typically incorporate some or all of the following
  elements:
  – Contextualized instruction that integrates basic academic skills
    with industry/occupational knowledge
  – Career development that includes career planning, exploration,
    and “soft skills” or “work readiness” skills
  – Wraparound support services that are designed for the unique
    needs of adult students who are generally fulfilling many
    responsibilities
  – Professional-technical instructors and basic skills instructors
    teaching together to help students learn faster

                            The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
From unaligned to aligned programs and
resources


                                       ABE
               Work                   Partner
               Force
              Partner

                             MnSCU
                             Partner




          Adult workers move through our aligned
            systems and become successfully
          employed at higher-paying jobs with the
          option of returning for further education
                that builds on previous work

                      The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Next Steps for MN FastTRAC
• Formulate policy agenda (July ’09)


• Issue RFP for ETC/FastTRAC grants (July ’09--$1
  million available)


• Report on Lessons learned with incubators




                     The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Challenges in Meeting Stimulus
    Funding Training Needs
        Patricia Swatfager-Haney
         Office of the Chancellor




              The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Challenges in Meeting Training Needs

• Financial aid issues:
  – use of eligibility for remedial/basic education
  – out-of-cycle assignments and aid packaging
• Business Practices/ISRS issues:
  – traditional start/stop dates
  – open windows for registration/grades/etc.
  – program codes
  – identifying cohorts



                       The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Challenges in Meeting Training Needs

• Financial aid solutions:
   – out-of-cycle assignments made manually
   – special tuition for dislocated workers, e.g., Anoka-Ramsey
     Community College, Dean Rosie Mortenson, and
     Normandale Community College
• Business Practices/ISRS solutions:
   – flexible start/stop dates
   – using special program codes to enter, identify, and track
     individuals or cohorts, e.g., Rochester Community and
     Technical College, Director Michelle Pyffereon




                            The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Challenges in Meeting Training Needs

Next STEP Program at Anoka Technical College, Dr.
  John Cacich, Vice President for Academic and
  Student Affairs


Collaborative Efforts and Partnerships with other
  Campuses, Department of Employment and
  Economic Development (DEED) WorkForce Centers


Enterprise–Wide Technology Committee Priorities



                      The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Next Steps




   The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Upcoming ARRA Meetings
Green-Related Opportunities
    Tuesday, April 14, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
    Office of the Chancellor, St. Paul, MN


Health Care-Related Opportunities
    Friday, April 17, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
    Hotel Sofitel, Bloomington, MN




                      The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.
Thank You…

General info/health care initiatives
Elizabeth Biel
elizabeth.biel@mnsu.edu
507-467-3330

Gail O’Kane
gail.okane@so.mnscu.edu
651-282-5514

Patricia Swatfager-Haney
patricia.swatfager-haney@mnsu.edu

507-389-5004
                      The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.

				
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