There are 5 programs in this category:
WIA - Youth, Adult & Dislocated Worker Activities (8 projects)
Adult employment and training; youth activities, including year-round and summer jobs for youth (age eligibility raised from 21 to 24); dislocated worker employment and training, including emergency grants for plant closing and mass lay-offs; competitive grants for worker training and placement in high growth and emerging industry sectors, including research and job training; and youth build activities, providing job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth ages 16-24 while constructing or rehabilitating affordable housing for low-income or homeless families in their own neighborhoods.
SCEP-Senior Community Service Employment Program (1 project)
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is funded under Title V of the Older Americans Act to provide participants with the training, experience, supportive services, and information they need to improve their lives, gain self-sufficiency, realize their goals, obtain permanent employment and meet the needs of a demand-driven workforce. Based on their interests and goals, participants are placed at qualified nonprofit organizations or government agencies on a part-time basis where they are trained and receive work experience by performing their community service training assignment. While participants receive training, supervision and experience directly from their host agencies, their training wages and fringe benefits are paid by the SCSEP. Through their community service training assignments participants are exposed to a variety of training and potential job opportunities. The SCSEP also helps them with resume preparation, job search, and interviewing skills. Many also receive specialized skills to prepare them for local in-demand jobs. ....To be eligible for the SCSEP, a participant must be 55 years of age or older, must be a resident of the state where he or she is enrolled, must have an annual family income of not more than 125 percent of the established federal poverty income guidelines, must be eligible to work in the United States, and must be unemployed at the time of enrollment.....QTR 1..-Hire additional staff to support ARRA activities (Completed-4 Employment and training Coordinators hired, 1 Job Developer hired)..-Staff training for new and existing staff (Completed)..-Educate partners regarding ARRA funding and solicit enhanced partnerships to support ARRA goals (Ongoing)..-Research community service assignments and On-The-Job-Experience (OJE) opportunities that will prepare participants for jobs targeted by the ARRA (Ongoing)..-Research other opportunities funded by ARRA which participants may support(Ongoing)..-Step up participant recruitment efforts (Completed)..-Step up host agency recruitment efforts for ARRA participants (Completed)..-Enroll participants in ARRA projects & training assignments (13 Enrolled)..-Identify ARRA participants needing support services and specialized training services..QTR 2..-Continue recruitment, enrollment, host agency development, & support services/specialized training efforts..-Continue community service assignment training..-Begin Teknimedia, Job Ready, and OJE training for qualified participants..QTR 3..-Continue limited recruitment and enrollment efforts (only enroll participants in need of short term training since project will wind down next quarter)..-Continue host agency development & support services/specialized training efforts..-Begin Job Clubs and targeted job search activities with participants who are job ready..QTR 4..-Intense job club and job search for all reamining participants..-Determine which participants have needs which will require them to be transitioned into the regular SCSEP program...-When either employment or transition into the regualr SCSEP is not possible or suitable for remaining participants, refer them to other local services that will help them as they transition off of the ARRA project
Wagner-Peyser Employment Service (1 project)
One-stop delivery system providing universal access to an integrated array of labor exchange services so that workers, job seekers and businesses can find the services they need; reemployment services to connect unemployment insurance claimants to employment and training opportunities to facilitate reentry into workforce.
STATE ENERGY SECTOR PARTNERSHIP (SESP) AND TRAINING GRANTS (23 projects)
Three energy centers of excellence, one funded by a current U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) grant and two funded by U.S. Department of Energy American and Recovery Act (ARRA) funds, will develop and deploy materials and programs which will be used by the 22 two-year colleges and the 7 apprenticeship programs in Arkansas to support the training of workers for the targeted energy sectors. These programs will incorporate national competency standards and input from the industrial advisory committees that are part of each regional team into training programs and materials. The Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges and the Arkansas Apprentice Coalition will coordinate training of workers statewide, through 9 regional partnerships. These 9 regions encompass all 75 counties and 10 WIBs in Arkansas.
Unemployment Insurance (1 project)