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					Public Policy Process



       Geronimo Rodriguez, Co-Chair, HISC,
Vice President, Diversity and Community Outreach,
             Seton Family of Hospitals
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Funding Opportunities for Work-Based
         Literacy Programs


         Tamara Atkinson, Workforce Solutions Capital Area

      Jenna Akridge, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area




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   Workforce Development Funds




Go to www.texasworkforce.org and click on Boards and Network
              Partners to find your local board                7
  Capital Area – 3 Career Centers
        (Travis County only)
Rural Capital Area – 9 Career Centers
             (9 counties)

                                 Taylor


           Burnet
   Llano
                                 Round Rock
                                                     Board Office




                                                              Bastrop   Giddings




                                                                         LaGrange
                    San Marcos
                                          Lockhart




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             What is the purpose of
             the Workforce Board?
Some people think of this
when they hear Workforce
Development Board:
                                    But we are really more
                                    like this:




    Workforce Boards serve as a
 catalyst for change MORE OFTEN
  than the funder of that change.

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        Workforce Board Functions
 The main function of a board is to make clear decisions
 about the direction and future of workforce development
 programs for its area.

1.   Make decisions about the design of local workforce
     services, and measure their impact on local business and
     industry

2.   Identify, impact and coordinate resources

3.   Create and maintain partnerships with local businesses
     and industries in the area

4.   Ensure delivery of federal and state funded workforce
     education and training programs


        Think of us as employment intermediaries.
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 Faith-Based and Community Initiative
           (FBCI) under DOL
• Asserts that America do better for our
  neighbors in need when we enlist every
  willing partner.
• Dept of Labor policy reforms require:
  – Equal treatment of organizations/individuals
    regardless of religion
  – Lifting unnecessary restrictions on the use of
    “indirect” federal funding assistance for training
    that contains religious activities or leads to
    employment in a religious vocation
                Equal Treatment Regulations
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 Faith-Based and Community Initiative,
              continued
• FBCOs include religious and non-religious groups
  that serve under-privileged communities

• The Constitution does not prohibit faith-based
  organizations from receiving and administering
  federal financial assistance

• Objective: Expand partnerships between the
  workforce system, FBCOs, and employers

              Like more info?
             www.dol.gov/cfbci
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 Public funding: Skills Development Fund

• Customized training for incumbent workers and new
  hires
• Application process through Texas Workforce
  Commission
• Partnership of the business, the training provider
  (eligible grant recipient), workforce board, and the
  State
• Business plans the design of the training project
• Single business application limited to $500K; usually
  a consortium of businesses that apply
• Grants are typically 12 months in duration and
  average of $1,250 cost per trainee                    13
  Public Funding: Self Sufficiency Fund

• Customized job training for Temporary Assistance
  for Needy Families (TANF) recipients or those at risk
  for TANF
• Application through Texas Workforce Commission
• Partnership of the business, the training provider
  (eligible grant recipient), workforce board, and the
  State
• Business plans the design of the training project
• Single business application limited to $500K
• Grants are typically 12 months in duration

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            Public/Private Funding:
             Competitive Grants
• Workforce Boards often participate in or lead the
  effort to secure funding to support training projects,
  including literacy based efforts
• By creating a partnership with us, we learn about
  your programs, your clients, and your funding needs
• We can act as the intermediary to link your
  program to businesses and to funding.
• Boards can also provide the labor market
  information you seek when planning projects. We
  routinely rely on our data source: EMSI for LMI. Ask
  us how…

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    Successful Models for Partnerships

• Adult Technology Training for Limited English
  Proficient students – in collaboration with
  ACC to provide concurrent ESL and
  Administrative Assistant / Dental Assisting
  training.
• Jobs to Careers Project – work-based
  learning initiative that supports incumbent
  healthcare frontline workers in the form of
  job-coaching, self-study and classroom
  study
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Successful Models for Partnerships, cont’d

• Command Spanish Project - with Round
  Rock Chamber of Commerce to fund
  Spanish language training for medical office
  staff.
• Capital Idea Project – the Board paid tuition
  & support services for underemployed
  workers to increase skills in medical
  occupations such as RN, LVN, pharmacy
  tech, diagnostic medical sonographer,
  physical therapy assistant, surgical tech, x-
  ray tech.
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    Thank you for coming!
• Geronimo Rodriguez
grodriguez1@seton.org
• Tamara Atkinson
Tamara.atkinson@twc.state.tx.us
• Jenna Akridge
Jenna.akridge@ruralcapital.net
• Al Lopez
Al.lopez@ruralcapital.net
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