Topics Of Interest
Gainful Employment: Department of Education Announces Additional Meeting of Negotiated Rulemaking Committee
On June 12, 2013, The Department of Education announced its intention to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee to prepare proposed regulations to establish standards for programs that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. The Department also announced the schedule for two sessions of committee meetings. Through a notice in today’s FEDERAL REGISTER, the Department has announced the addition of a third session consisting of a one-day committee meeting.
This third meeting will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m on December 13. The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Education at: 1990 K Street NW., Eighth Floor Conference Center, Washington, DC 20006. More …
NFWS and JFF Seek Nominations for “CareerSTAT Frontline Health Care Worker Champions”; Program Designed to Recognize Employers Investing in Skills and Career Development of Frontline Workers
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions (National Fund) and Jobs for the Future have announced a call for nominations for their “CareerSTAT Frontline Health Care Worker Champions.” This is a new annual recognition program to highlight the efforts of healthcare employers that provide substantial workforce development opportunities for their frontline staff. Nominations are due Friday, January 31, 2014, and award recipients will be announced in March 2014.
CareerSTAT is a national collaboration of healthcare leaders who promote employer investment in the skill and career development of frontline healthcare workers (those performing jobs requiring less than an associate degree). With such investments, frontline workers can gain access to career opportunities and advancement, and employers benefit through a stronger pipeline of individuals to fill positions, lower staff turnover, reduced recruitment costs, and improved quality patient care. CareerSTAT is led by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and its implementation and operational partner, Jobs for the Future.
Recognition will be given in two categories:
- Frontline Worker Champions: This highest award recognizes national leaders investing in the skill and career development of employees. They will meet all of CareerSTAT’s criteria for making skill and career development accessible to employees, including offering programs at a significant scale, measuring program impact, and building sustainable programs.
- Emerging Frontline Worker Champions: This award recognizes employers who are in the earlier stages of making investments in the skill and career development of their employees. They meet some, but not all, of CareerSTAT’s recognition criteria.
Employers are encouraged to nominate themselves for recognition. Nomination forms with submission instructions can be accessed at www.nfwsolutions.org/initiatives/careerstat and must be received by Friday, January 31, 2014. There is no cost to participate and programs must have been operational for at least two years. Award recipients will be formally recognized by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and on the CareerSTAT website.
Interested nominees are invited to participate in a webinar hosted by Jan Hunter, CareerSTAT director, and members of the CareerSTAT executive committee on Monday, December 9, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. EST and Monday, January 20, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. EST. To register for a webinar session, and for questions about the awards recognition program, email Jan Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Business Administration Seeks Comment on Strategic Plan (FY 2014 – 2018); New Strategic Objectives Added on Exports and Supply Chains
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking public comment on its draft Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2014-2018. The draft plan is available on SBA’s website at http://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba_performance/strategic_planning. Comments should be submitted by December 13, 2013 email@example.com.
This Strategic Plan “provides a framework that will strengthen, streamline, and simplify SBA’s programs while leveraging partnerships across the government and private sector to maximize the tools small business owners and entrepreneurs need to strengthen our economy, drive American innovation, and increase our global competitiveness. The SBA will have three overarching goals for the next five years: (1) Grow businesses and create jobs; (2) Serve as the voice for small business; and, (3) Build an Agency that meets the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s small businesses. Each goal contains objectives which are directly tied to performance both at the individual level and Agency-wide.”
SBA notes that the FY2014-2018 Strategic Plan contains only slight modifications to the existing FY2011-2016 Strategic Plan. This draft document chiefly refines the language of existing strategic objectives and strategies while adding two new strategic objectives concerning exports and supply chains, respectively.
Click here for the November 29, 2013 FEDERAL REGISTER notice.
Adult Education: The Potential and Use of Digital Badges for Adult Learners (December 3 – 9 Online Public Discussion)
The Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education passes along this advisory for the workforce community:
On December 3 through 9, 2013, the LINCS Community, an interactive online social learning space for adult educators, will provide an online public discussion through the Technology and Learning Community of the newly released draft report The Potential and Value of Using Digital Badges for Adult Learners. The report was written by Jonathan Finkelstein at Credly, Erin Knight at Mozilla Foundation, and Susan Manning at the University of Wisconsin, under contract to the American Institutes of Research and with funding from OVAE.
Please join the discussion or visit the LINCS site for more information.
Census Bureau Announces New Mobile App (Dwellr) Providing Access to American Community Survey Data; Department of Education Announces Release of 'Mapping the Nation"
America has always been a nation on the move. Whether you are looking for a career change or a new neighborhood to call home, life decisions affect each of us every day. With roughly half of Americans now owning smartphones, everyone should be able to access the wealth of statistics the Census Bureau collects to make informed decisions on the go, whether at home or on the road. What good are data if nobody but the experts can easily access them? The Census Bureau uses 21st century technology to meet its centuries-old mission, making the statistics that define our growing, changing nation more accessible to the public than ever before.
The Census Bureau’s new mobile app, dwellr, provides those on the go with immediate, personalized access to the latest demographic, socio-economic and housing statistics from the American Community Survey for neighborhoods across the nation. Using the level of importance you places on a location’s characteristics, the app generates a list of top 25 towns or cities most suitable for you. Once you have used the app, it saves your selections on your phone so you can see how they match up against each new place you visit.
Click here for today’s Census Bureau summary of this app. Note that Dwellr “allows Apple and Android smartphone users to explore a range of questions making it a powerful tool for homebuyers, members of the military being deployed domestically, real estate agents, new businesses and teachers helping students learn about their communities.
To kick off International Education Week 2013, the U.S. Department of Education cohosted the release of Mapping the Nation, an innovative online resource developed by Asia Society, Longview Foundation and SAS. Using an interactive map and infographics, Mapping the Nation shows how connected each state and county is to the rest of the world. With nearly one million data points related to economics, demographics and education, we can see how prepared our states and local communities are to operate effectively in an increasingly interconnected world.
A November 25 blog post provides more information on this resource.