Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Santa Cruz County Workforce Investment Program

2935 N. Grand

Nogales, AZ  85621

 

Contact: Nils Urman

Phone: (520) 375-7670

Proposed Award Amount: $299,891

Community Served: Santa Cruz County

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph: The overall goal of Project Connect II, a consortium of many organizations and agencies, under the lead of the Santa Cruz Workforce Development Program/One Stop Center, is to deliver training, placement and employment services to individuals with disabilities – the majority not served by Vocational Rehabilitation due to the “Order of Selection.”  To build capacity, Project Connect II would fund a position for a Disability Program Navigator.  This Navigator will implement disability training for staff, coordination of service delivery systems, access to resources for disabled clients, and a Disability Learning Center at the WIA offices. In addition, Connect II will improve and enhance the infrastructure of the Disability Learning Center operated by the Santa Cruz County One Stop Center and will also install assistive technology and monitoring aids to assist clients, the majority of whom live in the EZ/EC community, to become technology proficient and to increase their employment opportunities.

Partnerships: Santa Cruz Workforce Development Program/One Stop Center (lead organization),  County Board of Supervisors, Governor’s Council on Workforce Policy, Arizona Department of Economic Security-Rehabilitative Services Administration, Department of Commerce, Santa Cruz Training Center, Easter Seal of Arizona, Arizona Department of Education, Arizona Disability Law Center, Telecare Nogales, Area Agency on Aging/Region 6; Santa Cruz County local government, Community Services Department/Community Foundation Center, Association for the Blind, Medical Assistance Program, Adult Basic Education/Literacy Volunteer Program, Training Programs, Business Advisory Council, Library, Schools, Adult & Juvenile Probation.  Also Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona, Training & Consulting Solutions (county organization), Woltman & Associates (state organization), Pima Community College, University of Arizona South.                                                                                                                                                                            


 

Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

Central Arkansas Planning & Development District, Inc.

115 Jefferson Street

Lonoke, Arkansas  72086

 

Contact: Rodney Larsen

Phone: (501) 676-2721

Proposed Award Amount: $674,671

Community Served: 16 counties constituting the Central Arkansas and Southeast Arkansas WIBs.

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   This project aims to integrate people with disabilities into the workforce investment system, including Wagner-Peyser and WIA services, with a four-pronged approach:  1)  installing extensive technology devices in the workforce centers themselves, 2)  hiring two fulltime Work Incentive Specialists to act as Disability Program Navigators, 3) employing “train the trainer” methods to coach frontline staff in serving people with disabilities, and 4) offering immediate access to Wagner-Peyser and WIA Title I services in workforce centers, and providing transportation to and from workforce centers, training sites, and places of employment, through the CADET Project.  CADET is a five-year model project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services.  

Partnerships: Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, Arkansas Employment Security Department, Arkansas Division of Services for the Blind, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, ICAN – Increasing Capabilities Access Network, and CADET – The Creative for Delta Area Transportation. 


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:  

City of Hawthorne – South Bay WIB

11539 Hawthorne Boulevard, Suite 500

Hawthorne, CA  90250

 

Contact: Robert Mejia

Phone: (310) 970-7700

Proposed Award Amount: $150,000

Community Served: Los Angeles County

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:  Building on its October 2000 Workforce Incentive Grant, this project will hire three persons with disabilities who have completed training in One-Stop operations and in “Navigator” functions now offered at San Diego State University.  These “navigators,” who will work directly with people with and without disabilities to access, facilitate, and navigate the complex statutory and regulatory provisions and application processes for public and private programs, will also train One-Stop Staff.  They will be assigned to each of the three hub One-Stops in the South Bay Consortium.  After these Navigators are hired, this project will increase the number of people with disabilities served through One Stops through increasing outreach strategies, identifying employers who have a special interest in hiring persons with disabilities, and emphasizing Individual Employment Plans for clients.  

Partnerships: Westside Regional Center, a network of 21 agencies whose mission is to empower people with developmental disabilities; Westside Center for Independent Living, which helps seniors and persons with disabilities through support services and peer-led training programs; and the California Department of Rehabilitation.


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

Employment Development Dept.

800 Capitol Mall, MIC 21; P.O. Box 826880

Sacramento, CA  94280-0001

 

Contact: Bill Burke                   Linda Rogaski

Phone: (916) 654-7111            (916) 657-0294

Proposed Award Amount: $500,000

Community Served: State of California

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   Building on the Work Incentive Grant awarded to the California Department of Rehabilitation in 2001, this project plans comprehensive training curricula for a Disability Training Program Navigator.  The Navigator would meet the need for well-trained, highly knowledgeable resource staff at One Stop Career Centers for customers with disabilities.  The advanced training includes an in-depth understanding of the disability benefit structure, especially regarding the Ticket-To-Work and the Employment Network capacity in One-Stop Centers.  In addition, grant funds will be provided to Local Workforce Investment Areas for developing strong partnerships with other organizations so that they may work to acquire assistive technology and coordinate outreach.  Finally, the grantee intends to coordinate with the World Institute on Disability to provide on-time, online support and technical assistance. 

Partnerships: Employment Development Department, the Governor’s Committee on Employment or People with Disabilities, Department of Rehabilitation, California Workforce Investment Board, Department of Health Services – Health Incentive Improvement Project & Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Steering Committee, Department of Mental Health, Department of Developmental Services, Department of Social Services, Northern California Employment Network, and World Institute on Disability.


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

City of Long Beach

110 Pine Avenue, Suite # 1100

Long Beach, CA  90802

 

Contact: Ray O. Worden

Phone: (562) 570-7751

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served:    Cities of Long Beach and Signal Hill

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   This multi-faceted project will designate and train two Disability Program Navigators from the disability community, including Goodwill Industries and Community Rehabilitation Industries.  The third Navigator, presently with the Career Transition Center, has a four year background in case management and vocational rehabilitation counseling in the One Stop system.  These Navigators will make immediate eligibility determinations for disabled clients and initiate services by securing program authorization and funding from the Department of Rehabilitation for employment, training and placement services.  In addition, the Navigators will provide training for frontline staff.  The project’s overall goal, through the work of these Navigators, is to expand services to 80 individuals with disabilities, who will achieve and retain employment.  

Partnerships:   The Greater Long Beach Workforce Investment Board, the Career Transition Center, Community Rehabilitation Industries, Goodwill Industries of Long Beach & South Bay, Inc., State of California Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Disabled Resource Center, Harbor Regional Center, Cal State Long Beach – Disabled Student Services, Long Beach City College- Disabled Student Programs & Services, Social Security Administration, ARC Hillside Enterprises, Long Beach Mental Health Center, Albertsons, PRWT Services, Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, the State of California Employment Development Department, U.S. Vets, and the Los Angeles County Area on Aging.


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:  

Napa County Workforce Investment Board,

North Bay Employment Consortium

1700 Second Street, Suite 378

Napa, California  94559

 

Contact: Donna DeWeerd

Phone: (707) 259-8680

Proposed Award Amount:    $300,000

Community Served:   Napa, Sonoma, Marin, and Solano Counties

Project Emphasis:   People with disabilities

Summary Paragraph:    This Consortium plans to (1) develop comprehensive One Stop systems that are welcoming and are valued providers of choice of persons with disabilities, and (2) implement strategies to increase opportunities for training, job development, sustained employment, and advancement.  The primary investment of this grant will be in Disability Program Navigators for all four counties. These Navigators, once trained, will advocate for seamless service delivery for the disabled by marshalling resources available for employment support, creating sharing agreements with relevant partners, and leading Universal Access Workgroups at each site.  These Workgroups will determine the array of resources and adaptive equipment and services for each of the One Stops’ resource rooms.  In addition, the Navigators will determine and communicate the best practices for improving access for disabled clients into the Employment Security and Workforce Investment systems.

Partnerships:  The North Bay Employment Consortium’s partners range from the State Employment Agency to local child care councils.   Some of the more prominent partners are Goodwill Industries, the State of California Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Development Departments, Napa Valley College, Sonoma State University, Social Security Administration, Community Resources for Independence, Inc., the Housing Authority of the City of Napa., and the County Human Services Departments.


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee: 

D.C. Workforce Investment Council and

D.C. Rehabilitation Services Administration

609 H. Street N.E., Room 521

Washington, D.C. 20023-4347

 

Contact: Joi Yeldell

Phone: (202) 279-6174

Proposed Award Amount:    $700,000

Community Served:   The City of Washington, D.C.

Project Emphasis:   People with disabilities

Summary Paragraph:    The D.C. Workforce Investment Council, in partnership with the D.C. Rehabilitation Services Administration of the D. C. Department of Human Resources, plans a comprehensive effort to establish a “One Stop” employment center for the disabled within its One Stop Center at 2626 Naylor Road S.E.  The grant will fund a Project Coordinator, who will head up a public outreach campaign, starting with a kick-off breakfast with faith-based community organizations.  This person will also coordinate efforts among the three partners for this project:  the D.C. Department of Employment Services (Wagner-Peyser Act and WIA), the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Administration.  These partnering agencies render direct services, are funded through federal agencies, and have several community-based “intake” or feeder sites.  This coordination will result in seamless service and in 1) increasing the awareness and utilization of the comprehensive One Stop services by the disabled population, 2) increasing the capacity of the targeted One Stop Center to ensure that the disabled have equal access to all services provided to the general public, and 3) increasing the number of employers hiring disabled job applicants.  Benefits coordinators and job coaches funded by this project will enhance the partners’ efforts to serve the disabled and to negotiate services.

Partnerships:  D.C. Department of Employment Services (Wagner-Peyser Act and WIA), the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Administration. 


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:  

Polk County Workforce Development Board, Inc.

205 East Main St., Suite 107

Bartow, Florida  33830-4613

 

Contact: Nancy Thompson, Executive Director

Phone: (863) 519-0100 x27

Proposed Award Amount:    $293,628

Community Served:   Polk County, beginning with a demonstration project at the Lakeland One Stop.

Project Emphasis:   People with disabilities

Summary Paragraph:    To address the “human factor” in serving those with disabilities, Polk County’s priority for this project is creating the position of a Disability Program Navigator for the Lakeland One Stop.  This person will oversee training of the One Stop staff, address physical barriers at the One Stops, and create a countywide disability coalition, institute an aggressive outreach program, and coordinate with the Division of Rehabilitation Services and the Business Leadership Network, among other tasks.  Polk County also anticipates that the disabled will increasingly access Individual Training Accounts and the Ticket to Work program.  Polk County is one of 24 boards implementing WIA through the One Stop Career Center system for the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation.

Partnerships:  ACS State and Local Solutions, contract managers for One Stop Career system throughout Polk County; Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services; Center for Independent Living, West Central Florida Office; Abilities of Florida; University of South Florida.


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

  

Worknet Pinellas, Inc.

4525 140th Avenue North, Suite 906

Clearwater, Florida  33762

 

Contact:  Stacy Swank             Edward Peachey

Phone: (727) 524-4344, x3032            (727) 524-4344, x3016

Proposed Award Amount: $313,932

Community Served: Pinellas  County

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph: Working to improve services for people with disabilities across the county, this project would employ three Disability Program Navigators (DPNs), with one dedicated to each of the three full service One Stop centers.  In addition, the project would produce and distribute an outreach video that would provide a universal orientation to one stop services for the disabled.  This video would highlight the many functions of the DPNs, the available assistive technologies, and specific services for the disabled.  The state of Florida has already designated all One Stop Centers and Division of Rehabilitation Offices as Ticket-to-Work voucher systems offices, and the DPNs will expand this initiative.  DPNs will also work closely with Vocational Rehabilitation counselors.  In Pinellas County, Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation services have been collocated within two of the three One Stop centers to ensure seamless services. 

Partnerships:      St. Petersburg College, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Family Service Centers, Learning Disabilities Association of Pinellas, Suncoast Mental Health Center, Directions for Mental Health, Physically Challenged Expressions, Boley Centers, Deaf Services Center, Division of Blind Services, Goodwill Industries, Operation PAR, and Lutheran Services.

  
Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Cobb County Community Services Board 

361 North Marietta Parkway

Marietta, Georgia  30060

 

Contact:  Teresa Smith

Phone: (770) 429-5005

Proposed Award Amount: $648,738

Community Served: Cobb and Douglas Counties and statewide, State of Georgia

Project Emphasis:  People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   This project seeks to expand and replicate “Project Exceed,” funded by a 2001 grant from the Office of Disability Employment (ODEP) Customized Employment for People with Disabilities.  On a statewide basis, the project would provide technical assistance and training opportunities as well as local level consultation to all stakeholders.  In addition, this grant would support Disability Navigator Teams in each local workforce area by ensuring that designated staff and relevant stakeholders are cross trained.  These teams will work with their designated Benefits Planning, Assistance, and Outreach organizations to streamline access to resources while preventing service overlaps.  The project’s second strategy would fund a competitive, needs-based subgrant process for ten local workforce areas to increase their physical accessibility and assistive technology resources.  

Partnerships:   Cobb Works!  Workforce Investment Board; Cobb Community Services Board; Vocational Rehabilitation, Georgia Department of Labor, including the Assistive Work Technology Unit of Voc Rehab; Tools for Life; Three Benefits Planning, Assistance, and Outreach providers – Benefits Navigator Project, Voc Rehab Outreach Project, and the Walton Options for Independent Living Program; the Cobb Micro Enterprise Center; University of Georgia’s Human Services Management Institute; Georgia State Workforce Investment Board; National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult; Griffin-Hammis, LLC; and Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access.


 

Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

  

State of Hawaii

830 Punchbowl Street, Room 329

Honolulu, Hawaii  96813

 

Contact: Elaine Young

Phone: (808) 586-8812

Proposed Award Amount: $699,388

Community Served: State of Hawaii

Project Emphasis:  People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   This state-wide project would create a seamless service delivery system for addressing the multi-faceted barriers to training and employment that affect people with disabilities.  This project will take shape at an opportune time, since Ticket-to-Work is slated for implementation in November 2003. To weave Ticket-to-Work into a seamless delivery system, the project aims to create a close alliance between the State Workforce Development Division and the Vocational Rehabilitation Division.  Comprehensive strategies to facilitate this alliance include assistive technology enhancement, specialized service provider development, diverse and proactive leadership to ensure continuous improvement, and One Stop staff training.   Moreover, one staff member of each of the four WIBs would function as a Program Navigator. This project would complement the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration’s (ETA) Real Choices ACCESS Project, funded in May 2002 to provide an electronic infrastructure for partners and a user-friendly information system, and DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s (ODEP) funded Imua Project – currently assisting Hawaii’s Vocational Rehabilitation and WIA One Stop system by training youth service providers to serve youth with disabilities effectively.

Partnerships:  The University of Hawaii’s Center for Disability Studies (a resource); Winners at Work; the Hawaii Centers for Independent Living; the Hawaii Department of Health’s  Developmental Disabilities, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Mental Health Divisions; the fours Workforce Investment Boards – Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Hawaii; Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations; Vocational Rehabilitation; U.S. Department of Labor’s ODEP Imua project and ETA-funded Real Choices ACCESS project.   


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Chicago Workforce Board

60 West Randolph St., Suite 200

Chicago, Illinois  60601

 

Contact: Linda Kaiser

Phone: (312) 762-9280

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served: City of Chicago

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   To unify One Stop services for people with disabilities and to move them into optimum skills training and jobs, the Tapping Abilities Project will create a Work Information Navigator position in the Pilsen, Chicago One Stop and will also create protocols for replication of this position in additional One Stops.  The Navigator will then work to enhance One Stop staff training and program capacity, including Social Security Administration-funded Benefits, Planning, Assistance and Outreach and Ticket-to-Work programs.  The project also plans to develop and distribute education and outreach materials for 1) all One Stop partners in the Chicago area, 2) individuals with disabilities who access these One Stops, and for employers to assist them in understanding the needs of the disabled workforce as well as the forms of assistance available to them.   Although the entire State of Illinois received funding through the earlier 2000 and 2002 Workforce Incentive Grants, the City of Chicago specifically needs funding to expand and intensify the assistive technology and training in some of its One Stops that it received through the first grant.   

Partnerships:  Mandatory One  Stop Partners:  California Indian Manpower Consortium – Chicago based operation; Chicago Department on Aging; City Colleges of Chicago; Illinois Department of Employment Security; Illinois Department of Human Services – Office of Rehabilitation Services; Job Corps; Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; and Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development.  Other Grant Partners:  Access Living; Council for Disability Rights; Great Lakes ADA Center; Health and Disability Advocates; Illinois Assistive Technology Project; Welfare to Work Partnership/Business Resource Partnership; Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities; and Business Leadership Network.


 

Work Incentive Grant

 

Awardee:

 

Career Choices Inc.

700 E. Walnut

Evansville, Indiana 47713

 

Contact: Franka Siscel, Executive Director

Phone: (812) 424-4473 x113

Proposed Award Amount: $150,000

Community Served: Southwest Indiana Workforce Investment Area

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:  This project will build on the successes of the Round 2 Work Incentive Grant awarded to Career Choices Inc. and WorkOne Evansville, which focuses on 1)  upgrading WorkOne systems technology and physical facilities, 2) providing seamless services to the disabled referred from Vocational Rehabilitation, and 3) and training staff.  This project will increase services to the disabled residents of Perry, Spencer, Warrick and Posey Counties – which border the Ohio River – and will also expand job retention services and hire two staff who are credentialed to be counselors/job developers for the disabled.   

Partnerships:  Career Choices, Inc., Job Corps, Adult Education, Title V of the Older Americans Act, the Local Community Action Program, Green Thumb/Experience Works, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Vocational Rehabilitation, Great Lakes Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Governor’s Planning Council for People with Disabilities, the Evansville Housing Authority, the City of Evansville, Goodwill Industries, Evansville Black Coalition, Indiana Vocational Technical College, and the Office of Family and Children’s Services.


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Southeastern Indiana WIB

319 East Main Street

Madison, Indiana  47250

 

Contact: Gary Behnke

Phone: (812) 265-2652

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served: Southeastern Indiana

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:  This project entails three strategies:  * purchase and installation of assistive technology, * designation and training of a Disability Program Navigator for each WorkOne office, with subsequent training for all One Stop partner staff, and  * outreach/recruiting marketing efforts to encourage businesses throughout the region to meet their hiring needs through employing workers with disabilities, as well as to inform the disabled population of the ways in which this system can assist them in obtaining and retaining employment leading to self-sufficiency.

Partnerships:  River Valley Resources, Inc., which serves as the WIA program operator; the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, a state agency which provides Wagner-Peyser employment services, Unemployment Insurance, Veterans, Disabled Veterans, and Trade Adjustment Act services; Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services; and Experience Works, Inc., responsible for Title V services to older individuals. 


 

Work Incentive Grant

 

Awardee:

 

Tecumseh Area Partnership, Inc.

PO Box 4729, 2300 Concord Road

Lafayette, Indiana  47903

 

Contact: Roger L. Feldhaus, Executive Director

Phone: (765) 477-1710

Proposed Award Amount: $300,685

Community Served: Northwest Central Indiana

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   To develop the capacity of the local WorkOne system to provide seamless delivery to those with disabilities, the “Express Site and Retention Project” will add the facitative work of a Disability Program Navigator.  This specialist will assess and address gaps in knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of WorkOne system staff that they may better serve the disabled population.  Project funds will also be dedicated to a more welcoming physical and programmatic environment at the eight WorkOne offices throughout the Tecumseh area for serving disabled customers.   

Partnerships:  Great Lakes Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center; Indiana Institute on Disability and Community; Governor’s Planning Council for People with Disabilities; Ticket to Work Program, Indiana Works; Adult Rehabilitation and Vocational Services for Wabash Center; Abilities Services, Inc., and local WorkOne system partners including those representing WIA and WtW, TANF, Older Workers, CSBG (Community Action Programs), ABE and Literacy, Wagner-Peyser/UI/Veterans; Vocational Rehabilitation; and Carl Perkins (Community College of Indiana and Purdue University).


 

Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

City of Detroit

707 West Milwaukee

Detroit, Michigan 48202

 

Contact:  Cylenthia LaToye Miller

Phone: (313) 876-0674

 

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served: City of Detroit

Project Emphasis:  People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:  This grant, “Building Workers for Detroit’s Future,” will fund assistive technology as well as positions for one full-time and one part-time Program Navigator, who will work directly with youth with disabilities enrolled in WIA youth programs.  Thus, this grant will expand the capacity of two existing grants from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment (ODEP):  Customized Employment for People with Disabilities and the Innovative Demonstration Grant for Youth with Disabilities.  In addition to coordinating with these ongoing disability grants, this project will support the process of the Detroit Workforce Development Board’s Disability Task Force, which oversees access to services by One Stop system providers, including vocational rehabilitation providers.   

Partnerships:  The Detroit Workforce Board’s Disability Task Force is comprised of members who represent Detroit – area disability groups, organizations, and providers.  The Task Force’s primary mission is to assist individuals with disabilities in attaining full inclusion in society, employment opportunities, and economic independence as a result of services within the One Stop system.


 

Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Southwest Minnesota Workforce Council

607 West Main Street

Marshall, Minnesota  56258

 

Contact: Linda McCorquodale

Phone: (507) 537-6987

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served: The Fourteen Counties of Southwest Minnesota

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   This project builds on the Work Incentive Grant awarded to the Governor’s Workforce Development Council in October, 2002, which funded development of interactive web-based training videos on issues including those that people with disabilities face as they seek and hold employment.  To ensure streamlined service, this project will create and fill positions for two fulltime and one part time Disability Program Navigators – one for each of the three One Stops (Workforce Centers) in this rural area.  In addition to cross-training the staff in each One Stop and working with local employers, the Navigators will actively recruit persons with disabilities and educate them concerning program services, eligibility requirements, and funding available to customers through various waiver programs within the Workforce System.  In short, the Navigators will be the bridge between the disabled customer and these resources.

Partnerships:    Partners in each Workforce Center include the Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council (the WIA Title I and TANF provider for this region; the Minnesota Department of Economic Security/Job Service, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and State Services for the Blind.  This project also plans to partner with the Southwest Center for Independent Living.

 


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Sterns-Benton Employment & Training Council

Minnesota Workforce Center – St. Cloud

Midtown Square Mall, Suite 212

3333 W. Division Street

St. Cloud, Minnesota  56301

 

Contact:  Kathleen R. Zavala, Executive Director

Phone: (320) 229-5702

 

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served: Sterns and Benton Counties

Project Emphasis:  People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:  This interagency project, Sterns-Benton Workforce Solutions, will increase access to competitive employment outcomes for adults and youth with serious mental health disabilities throughout the two-county Workforce Service Area.  To address policies and barriers inhibiting the job placement of such adults, this project will create an interagency project management team comprised of a Project Director, a Disability Program Navigator, and two Customized Employment Consultants.  In addition, a business leadership committee will provide overall policy direction in marketing competitive employment opportunities to employers.  Moreover, existing employment opportunities will expand to include micro-enterprises, self-employment strategies, and career ladder advancement. 

Partnerships:  Core agency partners:  Stearns-Benton Employment and Training Council, Minnesota Rehabilitation Services, Minnesota Job Service/Unemployment Benefits, and State Services for the Blind.  Also, Minnesota Community Transition Interagency Committee, the St. Cloud Workforce Center Agency Committee, and others.

 
Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Full Employment Council, Inc.

1740 Paseo

Kansas City, Missouri  64108

 

Contact: Clyde McQueen, President and CEO

Phone: (816) 471-2330, x 256

Proposed Award Amount: $150,000

Community Served: Kansas City & environs and East Jackson County Workforce Investment Area – 2 of the 14 Missouri Local Workforce Investment Areas.

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   The Full Employment Council received a Work Incentive Grant in 2000, and the present grant funds are intended to build on the system established through the initial grant.  Under the initial grant, an automated management information system was developed, and agencies share case management to leverage resources.  These new funds would add assistive technology as well as fund the full-time project coordinator, who is also the designated Disability Program Navigator.  With the help of a Work Incentive Advisory Committee, the Navigator will work with staff at the four One Stop Centers to train staff and to ensure that the needs of career seekers with disabilities are met within an integrated model.  To further increase its capacity to service individuals, the Full Employment Council was recently approved as an Employment Network under Ticket to Work.

Partnerships:  Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; Community Rehabilitation Programs (Jewish Vocational Service, The Rehabilitation Institute, and the Helping Hand of Goodwill Industries); the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and the Local Investment Commission (Division of Family Services Liaison).  Also – Independent Living Centers.

 


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Nebraska Workforce Development – Department of Labor

550 South 16th Street

Lincoln, Nebraska  68509

 

Contact: Joan Modrell

Phone: (402) 471-3050

Proposed Award Amount: $700,000

Community Served: Statewide, Nebraska

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   In the past, the primary coordination between Vocational Rehabiltation and the One Stop system and its partners has been provided through staff support at the One Stops irregularly, on an itinerant basis.  This project will enhance coordination by piloting the concept of locating a Vocational Rehabilitation staff person at three One Stop Centers – one in each Workforce Investment Area:  Greater Omaha (two One  Stops), Greater Lincoln (one One Stop), and Greater Nebraska (nineteen One Stops).  These Senior Rehabilitation Specialists would function like Program Navigators.  In addition, two additional positions for Assistive Technology specialists will be created to coach partners on adaptive technology and physical accessibility.  These specialists will also set up a pool of assistive devices and equipment that employers can borrow to offset start-up costs for hiring the disabled.     

Partnerships:  Nebraska Workforce Development, Department of Labor; Nebraska Department of Education, Vocational Rehabilitation; Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership.  Also, Goodwill Industries, Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, WorkNet/Career Design, Inc., Community Action agencies, Automated Computer Services, Inc., Mid Nebraska Community Services, Commission of the Hearing Impaired, and Health and Human Services.

 


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

State of New Jersey

PO Box 110, John Fitch Plaza

Trenton, New Jersey  08625-0110

 

Contact: George M. Krause

Phone: (609) 292-9772

Proposed Award Amount: $699,886

Community Served: State of New Jersey

Project Emphasis:  People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:    This project, led by the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, involves a consortium with workforce and disability partners, highlights the importance of connective with disability professionals as well as with the disabled population, and recognizes that the workforce and disability/rehabilitation systems are complementary, not identical.  To facilitate staff training and development, a cohort of Disabilty Program Navigators will be trained throughout the Workforce Investment system.  To augment assistive technology, grant funds will help the statewide purchase of accessible electronic and information technology.  TO enhance the services and standards of practice, this grant will develop four pilot projects to test outreach approaches and service interventions. 

Partnerships:  New Jersey State Department of Labor, New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission, Garden State Employment and Training Commission, Garden State Employment and Training Association, New Jersey Division of Employment and Training, State Rehabilitation Council, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Department of Rehabilitation Counseling – University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Assistive Technology Advocacy Center, Assistive Technology Center at Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, New Jersey Protection and Advocacy, Inc., New Jersey Department of Human Services, Institute of Community Inclusion, New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, and New Jersey State Independent Living Centers.


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Center for Development & Disability,

University of New Mexico Health Science Center

915 Camino De Salud, NE

Albuquerque, New Mexico  87131

 

Contact: Judith Liddell

Phone: (505) 272-6251

Proposed Award Amount: $677,546

Community Served: 4 Workforce Investment Regions:  East (Roswell), Southwest (Socorro), North (Santa Fe) and Central (Albuquerque)

Project Emphasis:  People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   The University of New Mexico’s Center for Development and Disability was authorized by the Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Labor to apply for grant funding on behalf of the State Workforce Investment Board, which was in transition as a new Governor and his administration took office.  This project has four goals to increase the ability of One Stop Centers to provide appropriate services to people with disabilities leading to job placement success:  1)  Build  expertise and capacity through a Disability Navigator System.  The Albuquerque region will develop expertise within existing One Stop staff; the other three, more rural, regions will each have a dedicated Disability Navigator.  2)  Strengthen employment contacts and job placement techniques.  3)  Use “Mystery Shoppers” as part of an external quality assurance process.  4)  Develop a mentoring process to assure on-going disability expertise through the use of three-person Mentor Teams that include at least one disabled person each.

Partnerships:  Consortium Partners:  New Mexico Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; New Mexico State Department of Education; four Regional One Stop Centers and their satellite offices.


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico

5600 Eagle Rock Avenue, NE

Albuquerque, New Mexico  87113

 

Contact: Larry Augley

Phone: (505) 822-5500

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served: Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia Counties

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   Project NEON – Navigating Employment Obstacles NOW – will serve disabled residents in the four county area comprising the Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico through the Central Area Model One Stop in Albuquerque.  Building on the first round Work Incentive Grant awarded the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, a partner in Project Neon, funds will provide a full time “Peer Navigator” and an additional half time Navigator.  Project NEON is a partnership between the Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico and the SUCCEED SSA Program, a special initiative of the Department of Education.  Key components of Project NEON include: * links to the Benefits Information Center, located in the One  Stop; * enhancement of consumer choice in employment options; * Certified Wage/Benefits Planning Trainers; Interagency Agreements and partnerships to promote strong service infrastructures; * Increased services for disabled youth in schools who are ready for transition; * links with TANF programs; * NOW club; * staff training;  * evaluation of  program outcomes.  

Partnerships:  Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Goodwill Industries, and Community Outreach Program for the Deaf.

 


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Broome Tioga Workforce Development System

171 Front Street

Binghamton, New York  13905

 

Contact:  Richard D. Lindhorst

Phone: (607) 778-6442

 

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served: The five counties comprising the Workforce Investment Boards of  Broome-Tioga and Chanango-Delaware-Otsego.  They are located in the mid-southern region of New York State, known as the Southern Tier.

Project Emphasis:  People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:  In 2002, New York State received a Workforce Incentives Grant, which has helped educate local One Stop Operators on issues of the disabled. Building on this information, the “Southern Tier Accessibility Project” will focus on developing a comprehensive delivery system by eliminating barriers that prevent access to employment and related services for people with disabilities.  It will also develop and implement a curriculum for training One Stop Center staff concerning the needs of individuals with disabilities.  This training will lead to a two level certification.   Staff will then be equipped to provide people with disabilities with the knowledge, skills and supportive services needed for gainful employment.  Concurrently, staff will recruit, orient, and train area employers and educate them on the benefits associated with employing the disabled.  Employers will balso be provided with continuing support and technical assistance. 

Partnerships: Cornell University School of Industrial Labor Relations; Catskill Center for Independence and Southern Tier Independence Center; Binghamton University School of Education and Human Development 

Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Suffolk County Workforce Investment Board

PO Box 1319

Smithtown, New York  11787-0895

 

Contact:  Peter Crisano

Phone: (631) 853-6616

 

Proposed Award Amount: $298,751

Community Served: Suffolk County

Project Emphasis:  People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   “Project POWER” will emphasize both infrastructure enhancement and resource and program access for people with disabilities, including the full range of core, intensive and training as well as placement and retention services.  Strategies call for a Strategic Planning Team to direct outreach and marketing, two fulltime Disability Program Navigators to serve both youth and adults, an Assistive Technology Specialist, and a Technical Assistance Specialist to train One Stop staff and vendors on disability and employment issues.

Partnerships:  This grant is a partnership among The Suffolk County Department of Labor, the Workforce Investment Board, the New York State Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities, and Abilities, Inc. – a non-profit agency headquartered in adjacent Nassau County.


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties

 209 Elizabeth Street

Utica, New York  13501

 

Contact:  Alice J. Savino, Executive Director

Phone: (315) 793-6037

 

Proposed Award Amount: $289,720

Community Served: Herkimer, Madison and Utica Counties

Project Emphasis:  People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:  This project, “MV WORKS,” aims to develop the capacity of the four One Stop Career Centers in a tri-county region to assure access and provision of services to disabled customers.  Strategies include the establishment of three full-time Service Navigators, the hiring of part-time Peer Specialists, the preparation of recruitment and outreach materials, and the use of the Institute for Community Inclusion to provide both technical assistance and staff training. 

Partnerships:  New York State Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities; Resource Center for Independent Living; Learning Disability Association of the Mohawk Valley; The Arc; Oneida County Department of Mental Health; Herkimer County ARC;  Madison-Cortland ARC; Herkimer County Employment & Training; Madison County Employment & Training; Oneida County Workforce Development; and The Institute for Community Inclusion.

Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Cape Fear Workforce Development Board

1480 Harbour Drive

Wilmington, North Carolina  28401

 

Contact: Margie Parker, Workforce Development Director

Phone: (910) 395-4553

Proposed Award Amount: $298,152

Community Served: Columbus County

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   This project, the “Work Incentive Network” in Columbus County, will hire an experienced Navigator to service people with disabilities.  The Navigator, in turn, will work with the One Stop Center (Joblink Career Center) staff to ensure that they acquire the knowledge and skills to better serve this population.  Funds from this grant will help achieve a seamless transition for the disabled customer, including programs for disabled youth, between the Joblink Career Center, Department of Social Services, SSA, Employment Security Commission, and Vocational Rehabilitation.  In fact, Vocational Rehabilitation is integral to this project and will be on site for specified hours each week to assist customers.    

Partnerships:  Major partners are Vocational Rehabilitation; Department of Social Services; Employment Security Commission; Southeastern Community College; and the Social Security Administration.


 

Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

North Carolina Department of Commerce

4327 Mall Service Center

Raleigh, North Carolina  27699-4327

 

Contact: Roger Shackleford, Executive Director

Phone: (919) 715-3300

Proposed Award Amount: $700,000

Community Served: North Carolina Statewide.

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:  In partnership with the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the North Carolina Commission on Workforce Development seeks to improve the employability, employment, and career advancement of persons with disabilities through enhanced services in all of the States’ 107 JobLink Career Centers and affiliates.  First, three Regional Coordinators will design and coordinate a comprehensive training program for all staff.  Second, under the direction of an Employment Coordinator, this grant would integrate the Model Employer Development program, currently used by  DVRS, into the JobLink framework.  In addition to implementing the array of services available to the employer, job retention needs of current employees will be addressed when a disability is interfering with job performance.  The State’s Benefits, Planning, Assistance and Outreach projects will educate staff concerning SSA and concomitant public benefits and supports as well as Ticket to Work legislation.  

Partnerships:  Within the Department of Commerce – the Commission of Workforce Development, Division of Employment and Training, and the Workforce Development Institute.  Also, The Employment Security Commission and its Employment Services. The Programs section of the State’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services will partner with the Commission of Workforce Development and serve as subgrantee for the project.  Other Divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services such as the Division of Social Services, Division of Services for the Blind, and the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services will also be active in this project.  The North Carolina Community College System will work to improve basic education skills to JobLink Career Center participants with disabilities, while other service providers, advocacy groups, and employers will serve on the project’s Advisory Council.


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Big Five Community Services, Inc.

PO Box 1577, 1502 North First

Durant, Oklahoma  74702

 

Contact: W. J. Haddock, Jr., Executive Director

Phone: (580) 924-5331

Proposed Award Amount: $297,751

Community Served: the 17 counties covered by the Southern Workforce Investment Board and the Consortium Southeast Workforce Investment Board

Project Emphasis:  People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:    Big Five Community Services, Inc. is the fiscal agent and administrative entity for the Southern Workforce Investment Board, which submitted this proposal in partnership with the Southeast Workforce Investment Board.  These two Boards oversee six comprehensive One  Stop Centers and five One Stop Satellite Centers, all of which will benefit from the grant.  Highlights include installation of assistive technology and cross-training for front-line staff on this technology as well as on disability and awareness, legal issues, service delivery (assessment, counseling and support services), job development and job placement.  This staff training will serve as a follow-up to ongoing capacity building led by the partnership of the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Development Disabilities Council, and the National Center of Disability Education and Training. Project Coordinators will conduct outreach and marketing based on Advisory Teams’ One Stop Tool Kits, Disability Program Navigator Network and Best Practice models.  Job screening and job matching systems customized for persons with disabilities will be [provided by the Department of Rehabilitative Services’ JobFit and the Workforce Oklahoma’s JobLink systems.

Partnerships:  Besides the applicant consortium, partners include:  WIA Title I, Welfare-to-Work, Developmental Disabilities Services, Head Start and transportation programs, the state and local Department of Health and Human Services, the University of Oklahoma’s Workforce Oklahoma Training Institute, state and local Departments of Rehabilitative Services, state and local Employment Service/Unemployment Insurance/Veterans Employment Services, One Stop Operators, KEDDO WIA Title I and Welfare to Work, state and local Adult Education and Literacy, local vocational education schools, and the Chikasaw and Choctaw Nations’ Employment and Training Divisions.  In addition, the Consortium will work with the Oklahoma Development Disabilities Council, Office of Handicap Concerns, local CBOs, businesses, disability organizations such as BIOS and Independent Living Centers, etc.

Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

The Oregon Consortium

260 SW Ferry, Suite 102

Albany, Oregon  97321

 

Contact: Jeff Davis

Phone: (541) 928-0241

Proposed Award Amount: $698,820

Community Served: Statewide, Oregon

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   Building on the successes of the Work Incentives Grant awarded in 2001, “Work Incentives for Rural Oregonians” will directly serve 25 out of Oregon’s 36 counties and two of the seven Local Areas.  Staff training and development, however, will be statewide.  In addition to comprehensive training, this grant would provide subgrants to One  Stops for outreach and marketing activities as well as for adaptive and assistive new technologies.  In terms of systemic change, the grant would increase the presence of partners who serve people with disabilities in the integrated One Stop environment, including the closer alignment of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Commission for the Blind. 

Partnerships:  The Oregon Consortium & Oregon Workforce Alliance (TOC/OWA) is the lead applicant for a statewide partnership that includes Oregon’s Department of Human Services, The Job Council, 17 One Stops and affiliate sites, partners in business and industry, such as the Oregon Business Leadership Network, the Employment Capability Access Network, Senior and Disabled Services, Department of Community Colleges, and several CBOs which serve the disabled.


  

Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board

425 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1750

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  15219

 

Contact: Patricia Petrosky

Phone: (412) 390-2215

Proposed Award Amount: $489,682

Community Served: Pennsylvania, Statewide

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:  “Raise-up II” plans statewide dissemination of the best practices developed in “Raise-up I,” a 2001 Work Incentive Grant awarded to Goodwill Industries of Pittsburgh.   These elements include * expanding the www.raise-up-org website to include information on service providers and resources through the state; * conducting “train-the-trainer” sessions to pave the way for staff training workshops and to introduce the concept of “Service Navigators,” * providing technical assistance to Workforce Investment Areas to develop local Disability Service Committees, * ensuring the availability of standard materials in alternate formats, * coordinating with the Ticket to Work Medicaid Infrastructure Grant pilot projects in Pittsburgh and Schuykill County as well as Federal HHA Benefits Planning Outreach and Assistance Grants, and * enhancing linkages with employers.  Goodwill Industries of Pittsburgh will manage grant activities.

Partnerships:  In addition to Goodwill Industries and the State Workforce Investment Board, as well as partners within each Workforce Investment Area, partners include the Team PA CareerLink Bureau, the State Accessibility Task Group, and the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

 


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Upper Cumberland HRA

3111 Enterprise Drive

Cookeville, Tennessee  38506

 

Contact: Phyllis R. Bennett, Executive Director

Phone: (931) 528-1127

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served: Upper Cumberland Region: 14 counties

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   This project would fund a Disability Program Navigator and two part-time Disability Coordinators to implement staff training and to assist in disabled client assessments, case management, linking with other programs, and performance tracking.  Working closely with Vocational Rehabilitation, they will ensure clients are offered services, assist with program applications, and develop community outreach initiatives.  The balance of the funding would be dedicated to upgrading and purchasing adaptive technology needed at the Career Centers.

Partnerships:  Core partners:  Programs authorized under Title I of the WIA and under the Wagner-Peyser Act, Adult Education and Literacy, Vocational Rehabilitation, Title V Older American Act, Post Secondary Vocational Education, Trade Act/NAFTA, Veterans’ Activities, CSBG Employment & Training, Department of Housing and Urban Development Employment and Training, and Unemployment Insurance programs.  Additionally, partners may include TANF and Families First, Food Stamp Program, National and Community Services Act, Economic Development Organizations, and other programs. 


                                                                                                                                                               

Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Alliance for Business and Training

PO Box 249

Elizabethton, Tennessee  37644

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Contact: David Shanks, Executive Director

Phone: (423) 547-7500

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served: Northeast Tennessee Workforce Investment Board: five counties

Project Emphasis:  People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   This initiative, “Freedom to Work,” will augment services for individuals with disabilities by integrating strategies for success.  Strategic partnerships, such as the planned Freedom to Work Commission, will align this project’s goals with regional needs.  Acquiring assistive technology will improve service to those with disabilities.  This project will also create a position for a Navigator – one full time and two part time - in each of the One Stop/Career Centers.  Navigator integration is a key to seamless service delivery.  Staff development and training on the complexities of disability related issues and barriers to employment will enhance staff interactions with clients.  And the provision of direct services will be a catalyst to the growth of individuals with disabilities in their efforts to seek full employment and retention services.

Partnerships:  Northeast Tennessee Workforce Investment Board; Vocational Rehabilitation; Alliance for Business and Training; One Stop/Career Center partners; the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities; the Tennessee Council of Developmental Disabilities; Eastern Eight Community Development; Frontier Health; the Tennessee Statewide Center for Independent Living; Johnson City Transit; and Net Trans. 


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Cameron  Works, Inc.

245 East Levee

Brownsville, Texas  78520

 

Contact: Stella E. Garcia, Executive Director

Phone: (956) 548-6719

Proposed Award Amount: $200,000

Community Served: Cameron County, Texas

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   This program targets infrastructure funding in its five full service Texas Workforce Centers and Mobile Lab, rather than funding staff positions, to ensure sustainability when the funding expires.  Unique to this project is the provision of adaptive technology, Business Access in Home Learning, in up to twenty disabled individuals’ homes.   Front line staff will take informal training using “Access for All: A Resource Manual for Meeting the Needs of One-Stop Customers with Disabilities and At Your Service:  Welcoming Customers with Disabilities.”  A consultant will assist with intensive train the trainer sessions, incorporating the knowledge and skills similar to those incorporated in the Disability Program Navigator Initiative; a staff person in  each Texas Workforce Center will act as a navigator, tracking services to the disabled and  ensuring they avail themselves of customized programs and services.

Partnerships:  Consortium partners:  Cameron Works, Inc. – the local workforce development serving Cameron County; the Texas Workforce Center; the Texas Commission for the Blind; Cameron County Housing Commission; and the Texas Rehabilitation Commission.  

Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Concho Valley Local Workforce Development Board

PO Box 2779

San Angelo, Texas 76902-2779

 

Contact:  Mary Kay Kuss

Phone: (915) 655-2005

 

Proposed Award Amount: $149,992

Community Served: The 13 counties comprising Concho Valley Local WIB

Project Emphasis:  People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   This project builds on the previous Work Incentive Grant, awarded in 2000, to Concho Valley in partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission as well as the Golden Crescent, Gulf Coast, Tarrant  County, and Upper Rio Grande Workforce Development Boards.  The first goal of the current project is to support a dedicated Disability Coordinator position.  To meet the needs of the business community, this project will acquire the services of an integrated Vocational Counselor.   People with potential or hidden disabilities will be assessed and referred to professional consultants who can identify barriers to employment such as educational deficiencies, learning styles, and mental health issues. 

Partnerships:  Consortium:  Concho Valley Workforce Development Board, Texas Rehabilitation Commission, Texas Commission for the Blind, San Angelo Office of the Social Security Administration, and the Texas Workforce Consortium.  Also, partner in a State Consortium that conducts planning with HHS on Medicaid infrastructure and Buy-in.  Vocational Rehabilitation; and many additional partners.


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Golden Crescent Workforce Development Board, Inc.

PO Box 1936

Victoria, Texas  77902

 

Contact:  Laura G. Sanders, Executive Director

Phone: (316) 576-5872

 

Proposed Award Amount: $299,995

Community Served: Golden Crescent Workforce Development Area

Project Emphasis:  People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:  Although Golden Crescent has benefited from a statewide Work Incentive Grant, awarded in 2002, through the enhancement of programs as well as accessibility of facilities, three of its Career Centers sill need funding for fully accessible technologies.  This project will fund these upgrades.  In addition, to prepare for its imminent Employment Network status under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentive Improvement Act, and to enhance its ability to serve disabled customers, this project will fund a Disabilities Specialist, who will provide services similar to those listed for the Disability Program Navigator.  The project will also provide a series of workshops and Employment Essentials classes to disabled customers; these classes include workplace and computer literacy, SCANS skills, and job readiness components.   Finally, the project anticipates providing office space in Career Centers where organizations serving the disabled can provide on-site intake, eligibility screening, and counseling services.

Partnerships:  Programs provided within the One Stop Career Centers:  WIA Title I, TANF Choices, Food Stamp Employment & Training, Veterans,’ Project RIO (Reintegration of Offenders), Job Corps, School to Career, Communities in Schools, TAA/NAFTA, Senior Texas Employment Program (STEP), Wagner-Peyser Employment Services,  and Subsidized Child Care Services.  Consortium partners – Texas Rehabilitation Commission, Texas Commission for the Blind, Corpus Christi Council for the Deaf, Gulf Bend Mental Health & Mental Retardation, San Antonio Independent Living Center, Veterans’ employment & training programs, and Devereau (home-based living program)

 


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Worksource for Dallas County

1201 Main Street, Suite 2700

Dallas, Texas  75202

 

Contact: Laura Bouillion Larrea, President

Phone: (214) 290-1000

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served: Dallas County

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   This project will build on the Work Incentive Grant awarded in 2002 to the Tarrant County Workforce Development Board.  WorkSource for Dallas was one of the many partners in this earlier grant.   The funds from this project will develop a transparent one-stop system by connecting the disability community to local employees, community partners, and training providers.  These steps will boost the awareness of services, develop a pre-assessment tool, create a solid foundation of community partnerships with local/state and federal partners, enhance training, install additional specialized, adaptive technology within the workforce centers, and provide unique training for local employers.

Partnerships:   Texas Commission for the Blind (state agency); C-CAD (non-profit), Bill J. Priest (post-secondary institution), Texas Rehabilitation Commission (state agency), University of North Texas (post secondary institution), local school districts, REACH (non-profit), United Cerebral Palsy of Tarrant County, Inc. (non-profit), and others.


 

Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Utah WorkForce Investment Board

140 East 300 South

 Salt Lake City, Utah  84111

 

Contact: Donna Sato

Phone: (801) 526-9239

Proposed Award Amount: $695,666

Community Served: Utah Statewide.

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:  This project plans a combination of statewide comprehensive services and regional model services.  Statewide services include 1) enhancing One Stop staff capacity with a Disability Manager position in the Utah Department of Workforce Services, consistent staff training on disability issues and support resources, and 2) other strategies such as a statewide accessibility study, a consumer outreach campaign, and statewide employer outreach.  Model services will be demonstrated in one rural and one urban One Stop.  Those sites will demonstrate a disability screening process, a Disability Program Navigator Project, and a Model Disability Training Program for customers with disabilities.

Partnerships:  State agencies, private non-profit organizations and individuals with disabilities who are members of the Utah Work Incentives Coalition (UWIC), including the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, Office of Education, Department of Health, Department of Human Services, Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities, Salt Lake Community College, and Department of Workforce Services. 


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council

1101 Broadway, Suite 120

Vancouver, Washington  98660

 

Contact: Lisa Nisenfield, Executive Director

Phone:  (360) 567-1073

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served:  Clark, Cowlitz, Wahklakum, and Skamania Counties

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:  This project sets out a number of specific goals.  First, it plans to hire and train Disability Navigator as the regional specialist, create a navigation specialist at each One Stop site who can facilitate services for customers with disabilities, and  implement across-the-board training for site staff.  Second, the project will designate an area One Stop as an Employment Network in the Ticket to Work program and develop staff and system skill building techniques.  Third, it will implement principles of universal design for an inclusive system modeling universal access.  Finally, it will disseminate capacity building approaches and successes as well as information for individuals with disabilities on how to access and what services to anticipate from the One Stops.

Partnerships:  Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council; WorkSource sites throughout Clark, Cowlitz, Wahklakum, Skamania Counties; Washington State Employment Security Department; Washington State DSHS Community Services Offices in Vancouver, Stevenson, and Kelso; Southwest Washington Agency on Aging; Lower Columbia Community Action Council; Green Thumb; Clark College; Lower Columbia College; Washington Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; Calrk County Department of Human Services; and Clark County Independent Living Resources.


  

Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Snohomish County Workforce Development Council

917 134th Street SW, Suite B-3

Everett, Washington  98204

 

Contact: William Bell, Project Director, ACCESS Initiative

Phone: (425) 921-3421

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served: Snohomish County

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:  This project, “Access Initiative,” aims to provide seamless services to staff, the disability community, and employers.  First, a Disability Program Navigator will be added to the staff of the planned WorkSource Transition Center, to be housed within the WorkSource Everett site, which will help the Snohomish County system to meet all three Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program goals.   Second, by enhancing staff and employers’ knowledge and the existing infrastructure, this project will improve access to existing Wagner-Peyser and Workforce Investment Act funded services.  This effort will be coordinated with the Washington Workforce Association’s Work Incentive Grant, awarded in 2002.

Partnerships:  Washington State Employment Security Department, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and its Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.  Additional members of “Access Initiative” are Center for Career Alternatives, Edmonds, Everett, and Skagit Valley Community Colleges, Refugee and Immigrant Forum, Service Alternatives, Snohomish County Housing Authority, Sunrise Services, TRAC Associates, Volunteers of America, Work Opportunities, and the YWCA of Seattle-King County and Snohomish County. 

 


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Seattle – King County Workforce Development Council

2003 Western Avenue, Suite #250

Seattle, Washington  98121-2162

 

Contact: Daniel Fey

Phone: (206) 448-0474

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served:  City of Seattle, King County

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   This project is well timed for preparing the One Stop system for the upcoming implementation of the Ticket to Work program in the State of Washington.  The project will emphasize Person Centered Planning techniques in case management for persons with disabilities; the viability of the One  Stop system for providing comprehensive employment services to the disabled, and increasing staff awareness of disability service providers, inter-agency linkages, and unique Disability service and job retention issues.  To this end, the project will hire a Disability Navigator to procure enhanced assistive technology and to ensure team-based staffing approaches, comprehensive case management, and coordination of services with disability benefits counseling. 

Partnerships:  In a unique partnership, the regional office of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is one of three operators of the Seattle-King County One Stop system, currently comprised of three hub sites and five affiliates.  In this role, DVR coordinates One Stop activities and facilities system-wide, co-locates DVR staff at One Stop hub sites, participates in WDC subcommittees, and provides technical assistance to partner agencies.  Other partners – the Department of Services for the Blind, the International Association of Machinists Center for Administering Rehabilitation and Employment Services (IAM CARES), King County Division of Development Disabilities, the Northwest Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center, the Washington State Business Leadership Network, the DO-IT Program at the University of Washington, and the Tri-West Group – providers of technical assistance and evaluation.

 


Work Incentive Grant


Awardee:

 

Governor’s Workforce Investment Division

Capitol Complex, Building 6, Room B-617

Charleston, West Virginia  25305

 

Contact:  David Lieving, Director, Governor’s Workforce Investment Division

Phone: (304) 558-7024

Proposed Award Amount: $499,9941

Community Served:  West Virginia, Statewide

Project Emphasis:  People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph:   A Work Incentive Grant was awarded to West Virginia in 2002; this grant is working within the seven Workforce Investment Regions and 18 One Stop Centers.  This new statewide project, to ensure consistent upgrades and services within all One Stop Centers, calls for two fulltime Training and Technical Assistance Specialists – one for Morgantown and one for Charleston.  Requirements for these positions include Masters’ Degrees in rehabilitation counseling, social work, special education, or public administration and experience in the disability field.  One of their tasks will be to link with the Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center for West Virginia, making use of their resources and technical assistance specialist for training needs. They will also ensure that each One Stop has a team that focuses on disability issues in the workforce investment system. These teams will help coordinate, promote, and provide training for all staff on these myriad issues.  They will also coordinate with four benefits specialists funded through the Benefits, Planning, Assistance and Outreach project.  Finally, this project will launch an extensive employer outreach and marketing program, with concomitant training for employers. 

Partnerships:  Governor’s Workforce Investment Division, local Workforce Investment Boards, West Virginia Advocates, the Developmental Disabilities Council, SW Resources Mental Health Agency, the West Virginia ADA Office, MR/DD Offices, Division of Rehabilitation Services, DHHR, business leaders, people with disabilities, Social Security Administration, West Virginia Association for Persons in Supported Employment, American Federation for the Blind, Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach and Medicaid Infrastructure grants, and the Center for Excellence in Disabilities.