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Department of Labor Awards Nearly $1.5 Million to Help American Women Enter Apprenticeships, Expand Job Opportunities

September 26 - The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded nearly $1.5 million to help recruit, train, and retain more American women in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, and pursue careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, and cybersecurity, among other industries. The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grants announced today help expand pathways for American women to excel in the workplace.

"Expanding apprenticeship opportunities for women strengthens America's dynamic economy," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "This expansion creates a pathway to family-sustaining jobs."

Grantees will provide one or more of the following types of technical assistance:

  • Develop pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, or nontraditional skills training programs to prepare women for family-sustaining careers;
  • Provide ongoing orientations for job creators, unions, and workers on creating a successful environment for women to succeed in the workplace; and
  • Establish support groups and facilitate networks for women to improve their retention in the workplace.

The grantees are:

  • Aroostook County (Maine) Action Program, Inc. ($354,941)
  • Chicago Women in Trades ($398,971)
  • Community Services Agency Metropolitan Washington, DC, AFL-CIO ($297,432)
  • Vermont Works for Women ($351,846)

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Department of Labor Awards Nearly $19 Million to Projects Designed To Keep Injured or Ill Employees in the Workforce

September 26 - The U.S. Department of Labor's Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) today announced nearly $19 million in grants to eight state agencies to identify new, replicable strategies to help those who develop a potentially disabling condition remain at or return to work.

News Release / Listing of State Grant Awardees:

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Perkins V Transition: OCTAE Requests States and Discretionary Grantees Apply for Customized Technical Assistance for PY 2018 - 2019; Submissions Due by October 5

Dear Colleague Letter:

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) invites States and discretionary grantees to apply for customized technical assistance (TA) for Program Year (PY) 2018-2019. The TA is designed to support high-quality accountability and data reporting systems through services provided by our contractors at RTI International.

With the recent passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), a priority of TA will be assisting States and discretionary grantees in transitioning to the legislation's new student definitions and measurement approaches. Transition-related TA topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Collecting data on secondary and postsecondary concentrators as newly defined in the legislation
  • Implementing measures of career and technical education (CTE) program quality
  • Improving the quality of CTE data collection and reporting
  • Using data for program approval, monitoring, improvement, and stakeholder outreach
  • Establishing new baseline levels and State determined performance levels for the section 113(b) core indicators

Given the anticipated interest in the new legislation, TA activities this year may also include cross-State or cross-local discussions of accountability.

As a reminder, this TA is intended to supplement, not supplant, State or local efforts to improve CTE accountability system. Projects should build on information and data currently available and be of manageable size and scope. RTI will assist DATE in identifying appropriate national subject matter expert(s) as needed and provide on-site consultation if necessary. Recipients will need to commit to bi-monthly meetings with the technical assistance team and provide access to relevant documentation, State and local experts, and other key stakeholders.

TA projects will culminate in summary reports with recommendations that have value for other States and discretionary grantees addressing similar issues. Products and reports from past TA projects can be viewed on the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network at

To be considered for PY 2018-19 TA:

Please submit a brief description (maximum of one page) of your TA needs via e-mail to Sandra Staklis at no later than Friday, October 5, 2018. If you have questions about the application process, contact Sandra by email or phone (503) 428-5676. DATE support for this project will be provided by John Haigh who can be reached at (202) 245-7735 or via email at

Sharon Lee Miller
Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education

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New Brief: Better Together - Career and Guided Pathways

In July 2018, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and Workforce Collaborative of the Greater Washington Community Foundation hosted a convening titled "Maximizing the Power of Pathways: Vital Career Pathway Conversations." It brought together education and workforce development leaders from states, national organizations, advocates, funders, and federal agency staff to share perspectives on four career pathway issues:

  • Guided pathways alignment;
  • Increasing the use of Ability to Benefit;
  • Leveraging career pathways to advance racial equity; and
  • Measuring success through career pathway research.

CLASP has released the initial brief as part of a series highlighting lessons from its convening as well as new research:

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Census Bureau Begins Jobs Recruiting Effort for 2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of workers for temporary jobs available nationwide in advance of the 2020 Census.

September 26 announcement:

Updated: September 27, 2018