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Awardee:

Governors Workforce Investment Division

Capitol Complex, Building 6, Room B-617

Charleston, West Virginia 25305

 

Contact: David Lieving, Director, Governors 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: Governors 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.