The following individual interviewed before the Commissioners for a position on Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Board, category - Post-Secondary Education: 1) Nerita Hughes PROGRESSED Commissioner Peter McLaughlin moved to progress, seconded by Commissioner Linda Higgins and approved 6 Yeas 1 Absent: Johnson
The Clerk of the Board will publish notice of the public hearing in the official newspaper of the county and the Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board will distribute the notice to interested individuals, agencies and organizations.
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data to designate at least one WorkForce Center per local workforce development area and make recommendations on recognizing affiliate and standalone partner sites. The current locations of WorkForce Centers within Workforce Development Area (WDA) 09 serve our demographic targets well at this time. The Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council (GMWC) anticipates taking two steps together during the coming year: a) an informal review of service locations relative to population/demographic needs; and, b) consideration of shared criteria for recognizing affiliates among partners and contracted community-based providers. These analyses will be conducted jointly by all metro area Boards with results considered collectively by the regional oversight group identified in the regional plan.
The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board and the staff have begun discussions with county stakeholders and leadership to determine other strategies to maximize services and improve methodologies to expand capacity and access through partnering with Hennepin County divisions providing outreach and service.
coordinated to better serve individuals with specific barriers to training, education and employment. As noted earlier, the GMWC will collectively undertake an analysis that will also include assessing the availability, suitability, and accessibility of support services at Page 10 of 46 Section B - Page 5 Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development 2016-2017 Regional and Local Plans service locations throughout the region, physical locations and online, relative to expected needs of populations being served specifically youth and adults with barriers to employment and/or who would benefit from culturally-specific service delivery strategies. As with the location analysis above, this will be completed collectively and presented with recommendations to the regional oversight group identified in the regional plan. Staff will be working closely with grantees in order to fully maximize the impact of support services to the barriers many participants face. We will be working with the grantees to identify ways to align and leverage the WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker dollars to target populations facing extreme unemployment with the current economy. Professional Development opportunities will be created as well as hands on technical assistance.
requirements are adhered to and the process for addressing any discrepancies or disagreements. The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board will coordinate with Hennepin County Workforce Development staff on infrastructure funding requirements and protocol for addressing discrepancies using guidance and technical assistance from DEED. WDA 09 will rely on existing (or modified) Memoranda of Understanding and internal audit processes to address any compliance issues in addition to suggested guidance from DEED.
Aligning with state and regional goals, Hennepin Carver s goal is to ensure our system meets the needs of youth and adults, including underrepresented communities of color, those with disabilities, and barriers to employment, by adapting our policies and procedures guided in part by community and customer feedback. We will continue to strive to provide the most appropriate services, training and other tools to assist our diverse participants so that no matter their starting point, our customers are prepared to fill the in demand jobs provided by our local employers. Hennepin County has received dollars for career pathways and has determined a positive return on investment. This being said, we will work on connecting programming to these pathways in order to meet the demands of employers within the county, and inclusive of the county as an employer as well.
the primary indicators in order to support regional economic growth and economic self- sufficiency. The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board will develop strategies and tactics to best achieve the goals in partnership with the Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council by using the GreaterMSP Regional Dashboard indicators to assess progress toward regional economic growth and economic self-sufficiency. The metro Boards will target two specific indicators to impact over a multi-year period: the employment gap between persons of color and whites and talent availability particularly the number of individuals who receive credentials that contribute to associates degree awards in the region.
The GMWC has identified specific sectors and associated career pathways in the Twin Cities regional plan that calls for the convening of metrowide sector panels in partnership with Chambers, MnSCU partners, MnSCU advisory boards, and others. Page 14 of 46 Section B - Page 9 Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development 2016-2017 Regional and Local Plans These panels will be business-led, focused on the workforce needs within a particular industry or occupational cluster. The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board is likely to take a lead role in organizing the emerging public sector/admin panel as well as possibly the health care and manufacturing sectors for the region on behalf of our metro partners. In addition to the participation in key regional sectors, the Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board will continue its outreach and relationship-building with local businesses through partnership with DEED Business Service representatives, partnerships with area Chambers of Commerce, and industry associations. There is particular strength in our relationship with the North Hennepin Chamber of Commerce, where we are piloting several youth service initiatives in partnership with area schools; and, partnering in job fairs twice annually that overwhelmingly serve local employers. The WIOA Title 1B providers will be required to explain how they partner with employers and target industries in demand. The current providers have strong employer relationships and the ability to expand these relationships as necessary in reducing employment disparities. Finally, the Hennepin County Workforce Leadership Council, convened by Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and Minneapolis Downtown Council President Steve Cramer, has begun to serve as an aggregator of demand for work opportunities that may be particularly appropriate for County-involved adults. Hennepin County will make use of the business leadership at this table for its Hennepin Workforce Career Connections programs as well as other workforce development efforts. B. Describe how the local area board will support a local workforce development system
Page 15 of 46 Section B - Page 10 Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development 2016-2017 Regional and Local Plans The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board is strengthening its service offerings at the Bloomington and Brooklyn Park WorkForce Centers to offer more intensive workshops and services, many of which will be targeted specifically to UI claimants, dislocated, and incumbent workers. Specific offerings are expected to include: one-on-one job staff-agrgrssisted search sessions, additional job search and networking workshops, and significant increase in Creative Job Search workshop capacity. The local area staff will work to have better linkages by:
registered and entered their resume in MinnesotaWorks.net and further assist them in job seeking services. Work with culturally specific organizations as appropriate to ensure the highest level of services may be provided to meet the needs of populations served. 15. Describe how the local area board will coordinate workforce investment activities with
As noted above, the Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board, as a member of the GMWC, is engaging with regional economic development activities at higher levels than previously. Just underneath that level of connectivity, the metro Workforce Development Boards are exploring a more systemic approach to promotion of entrepreneurship training and microenterprise supports. The GMWC will initiate discussion with the broad business development and entrepreneurship communities to see how to best connect their services and offerings with jobseekers who also wish to explore business development pathways. And, the GMWC will explore partnerships to expose WorkForce Center staff to local business development opportunities that may be under consideration so that they could potentially identify talent for those emerging businesses.
The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board, as a member of the GMWC, will explore conversation with the community of nonprofit training providers about a shared vision for continuous improvement across the public and nonprofit workforce arenas. Multiple efforts in recent years have supported continuous improvement among eligible training providers (notably, the Twin Cities Greater United Way return- on-investment work, participation in the national Workforce Benchmarking project, participation in the GWDC return-on-investment workgroup, and a most recent engagement with CLASP led by the Minnesota Employment Services Coalition (MESC). Many of these efforts have involved eligible training providers, but not necessarily engaged the public workforce system directly. Discussions are expected during this program year about how to bring such efforts together. In the end, each local Workforce Development Board will manage the quality of service among its own training providers by pruning and/or adding to the eligible training provider list. Page 16 of 46 Section B - Page 11 Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development 2016-2017 Regional and Local Plans The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board and Hennepin County staff will review outcome data for each of the organizations selected to provide services. Staff will work with them to ensure they are on track with meeting the projected goals as well as providing quality services. Staff will also ensure providers are WIOA certified as necessary per the appropriate program, utilizing approved services while maintaining an effort to be innovative in the service delivery design. B. Describe how the local area board will ensure that eligible providers meet the employment needs of local employers, workers and job seekers. As noted earlier, there will be multiple levels of engagement of eligible training providers and public partners to engage with local employers, incumbent workers, and jobseekers to ensure alignment of programs and services. C. Describe how the local area board will facilitate access to services provided through the one-stop delivery system, including in remote areas, through the use of technology and other means. The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board will work closely with remote service locations within its Workforce Development Area to (community-based providers, libraries, other county service locations) to identify opportunities for electronic access to be made available as widely as possible. We note, however, that with an increased emphasis on staff-assisted services at WorkForce Center locations, a primary goal of such access points may be to drive traffic toward locations where staff-assisted services can be made available. The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board will work with providers to create effective partnerships that will target populations that are unable to come to the WorkForce Center for services. Such partnerships could include working with culturally specific organizations, libraries, technology platforms, etc.
applicable, and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs and services, technology and materials for individuals with disabilities including providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board will train its own staff on applicable provisions of the ADA using material to be jointly developed by the GMWC in partnership with the MN Workforce Council Association and DEED. Staff will work with internal and external partners in ensuring section 188 is understood. This will include physical and programmatic elements to serving individuals with disabilities.
The primary partners in the Hennepin-Carver WorkForce Centers include: 1) Hennepin County staff who serve as the WIOA administrative entity and staff to the Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board. County staff Page 17 of 46 Section B - Page 12 Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development 2016-2017 Regional and Local Plans also provide management and oversight for Title I Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth Services, function as administrative liaison to Hennepin County s Diversionary Work Program (DWP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP/TANF) and the County Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) partners. County staff are also responsible for securing relationships with, and services from other partners and vendors serving customers in the two WorkForce Centers in Hennepin County.
The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board offers a range of employment and training activities to adult and dislocated workers at its WorkForce Centers and at other locations. These include: Creative Job Search workshops Interviewing workshops and coaching Specialty workshops and coaching on specific tools, e.g., LinkedIn. Group/peer support via job clubs Interest assessments Job Fairs Basic, advanced, and specialized one-on-one job search services Assessments for adult basic education and advanced job training opportunities Career pathway program opportunities
efforts (some delivered in partnership with area Chambers of Commerce) Out-of-school youth training and placement services, with partnerships (being strengthened) with County Sheriffs, courts, and school-based truancy officers. There may be particular emphasis on reaching truant, but not-yet-released students before they become fully out-of-school youth. 19. Describe how the local area board will coordinate education and workforce investment activities carried out under this title with relevant secondary and post-secondary education programs and activities to coordinate strategies, enhance services, and avoid duplication of services. As noted in Question 12, the GMWC, following the focus on specific occupational clusters and career pathways (outlined in the regional plan), will engage Carl Perkins consortium partners who often represent our closest relationship with secondary and post-secondary partners. Local efforts to support students will be developed, in conjunction with metrowide efforts focused on identified career pathways, and efforts will be made at the local and regional levels to ensure that services are not duplicated. 20. Describe how the local area board will coordinate education and workforce investment activities carried out under this title with public transportation and other appropriate supportive services. The GMWC is committed to working cooperatively to strengthen relationships with the Met Council at multiple levels. One such effort will be to ensure that a stronger line of communication is maintained with transit planners to facilitate closer coordination with public transit in areas where transportation challenges represent a primary barrier to employment. The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board will make particular effort to ensure that suburban jobseekers have better access to public transit (and/or other forms of transportation assistance) and that suburban employers can better receive workers from urban centers.
The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board has Wagner-Peyser staff located within WorkForce Centers who currently have relatively strong working relationships with local staff. Two specific ideas have been explored in the past that may warrant consideration again at the regional level: a) Expansion of the shared contact management system (SalesForce) to further include local staff at multiple levels may strengthen service delivery significantly; and, b) revisit prior discussions about staffing models from other states (Iowa in particular) where Wagner-Peyser staff remain state staff, but take specific direction from local leaders employed by other units of government. 22. Describe how the local area board will coordinate workforce investment activities carried out under this title in the local workforce development area with the provision of adult education Page 19 of 46 Section B - Page 14 Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development 2016-2017 Regional and Local Plans and literacy activities under title II, including a description of how the local area board will carry out, consistent with subparagraphs (A) and (B)(i) of section 107(d)(11) and section 232, the review of local applications submitted under title II. The GMWC has engaged Adult Education partners in the development of this plan, and expect to continue doing so through the implementation period. Adult Education partners will continue to be engaged in at least three ways: a) Development of career pathways in the identified sectors and clusters, with clear integration opportunities for literacy and adult education to be woven into existing and emerging training; b) Clarification or strengthening of protocol for assessing adult education needs at WorkForce Centers (and other points of service) and making appropriate referrals for services; and, c) Provision of career awareness materials and/or workshops prepared by workforce development staff, that can be shared with adult education partners to expose students to opportunities and facilitate referral from adult education programs to WorkForce Centers and other workforce development programs.
section 107(d)(12)(B)(i). The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board is governed by a joint powers agreement between the Hennepin and Carver County Boards. They have jointly designated the Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board as the decisionmaking body responsible for the disbursal of grant funds.
Regionally, the GMWC is considering a governance structure that will require greater crossover with other business, philanthropic, and economic development leadership in the region. Over time, individual local Workforce Development Boards will shift their own leadership in order to bring the regional governance model to peak influence. The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board may shift its own recruitment process in the coming two years to ensure alignment with this new regional governance model. Statewide, the MN Workforce Council Association has always been committed to supporting local Workforce Development Boards growth and strong performance. The GMWC will explore a refreshed and strengthened information-sharing and training approach (through the shared convenings described in the regional plan) that will advance understanding for local Board members; and, attract additional talent and skill to serve on local Workforce Development Boards going forward. The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board is currently undergoing a training process to ensure all members have a common understanding of the WIOA titles, required governance responsibilities, required plans and legal documents, strategic visioning work, etc. The purpose of this effort is to maintain a high level of understanding Page 21 of 46 Section B - Page 16 Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development 2016-2017 Regional and Local Plans of the expectations in order to establish goals for the local area. Staff will work with the providers to ensure they understand the policies, procedures, vision/mission of the state, region and local level.
with section 134(c)(3)(G), including, if contracts for training services will be used, how the use of such contracts will be coordinated with the use of individual training accounts under that chapter and how the local area board will ensure informed customer choice in the selection of training programs, regardless of how the training services are to be provided. The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board contracts training services for adults and Dislocated Workers when necessary, including through the Hennepin Career Connections program where training has been delivered through local MnSCU campuses. Additionally, the Board is developing a new suite of services that will expand customer choice. These will offered in conjunction with staff-assisted services, delivered by Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board staff, partner, or contracted staff. In all cases, staff ensure that customers understand that recommendations for services are never mandatory and that additional training or service options should be explored by the client at his/her discretion. Every client has an individual development plan that is reviewed, signed, and serves as documentation of a customer s intentions going forward.
Jobseeker customers from WorkForce Centers and other service provider partners; Business customers/employers from WorkForce Centers and other service provider partners; Front-line staff from WorkForce Centers Upon completion of this plan, a 30-day comment period has been provided, with the plan circulated to all those partners identified above electronically as well as in a widely accessible internet posting. The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board will also utilize the Hennepin County process for posting documents for public comment. 30. Describe how the one-stop centers are implementing and transitioning to an integrated,
and procedures for Rapid Response as communicated on DEED s website? The Hennepin-Carver Workforce Development Board relies on DEED s contracted providers for Rapid Responses services and does not deliver any of those services directly. B. How does the local workforce development area inform the state Rapid Response team within 24 hours about an actual or potential dislocation event when there is possibility of a mass layoff (50 or more dislocations)? When appropriate, Hennepin and Carver County staff reach DEED staff by phone or email to share information of a dislocation and are prepared to support and coordinate services with the State Rapid Response Team in providing and securing information, data and resources as appropriate. C. Describe how the local area board will coordinate workforce investment activities carried
companies that are potentially TAA certifiable? When appropriate, Hennepin and Carver County staff reach DEED staff by phone or email to share information of a TAA-eligible activity and are prepared to support and coordinate services with DEED staff in providing and securing information, data and resources as appropriate. B. How does the local workforce development area cooperate with the state Trade Act staff where the layoff involves a company that the DOL trade-certified?
10. When a current or former Military Service Member with a significant barrier to employment is identified, how do you refer them to an appropriate intensive service provider when there is no Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP) specialist in your WorkForce Centers? DVOPs are typically located in the WorkForce Center. If no Vets Rep is on-site, Veteran s are asked if they want an immediate referral to a partner located onsite; or, if preferred waiting (typically no more than 24 hours) for a meeting with DVOP.
follow the procedures for developing a similar policy including key terminology, and have in place regarding working with customers who may be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Local workforce development areas will also participate in any related training. Yes X
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development 2016-2017 Regional and Local Plans ASSURANCES AND CERTIFICATIONS ASSURANCES As a condition to the award of financial assistance from the Department of Labor under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and any other DEED/Workforce Development Employment and Training funds, the grant applicant assures that it will comply fully with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions and other assurances of the following laws:
Fraud/Abuse - that the provider has policies on fraud and abuse and will contact DEED for potential fraud and abuse issues; 20 CFR 667.630; DEED Policy Fraud Prevention and Abuse; Health Benefits Public Law 113-235, Division G, Sections 506 and 507 ensure use of funds for health benefits coverage complies with the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015;
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development 2016-2017 Regional and Local Plans (employment only), citizenship, or age (employment only), and local human rights commission activity (employment only); Nondiscrimination - that collection and maintenance of data necessary to show compliance with the nondiscrimination provisions of WIA and WIOA Section 188, as provided in the regulations implementing that section, will be completed;
Veterans - Public Law 112-56: Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 - Establishes guidelines for service providers who are providing employment, training, academic or rehabilitation services for military veterans; Veterans - that veterans will be afforded employment and training activities authorized in WIA and WIOA Section 134, and the activities authorized in Chapters 41 and 42 of Title 38 US code, and in compliance with the veterans' priority established in the Jobs for Veterans Act. (38 USC 4215), U.S. Department of Labor, Training and Employment Guidance Letter 5-03 and Minnesota's Executive Order 06-02; Page 31 of 46
assist, promote, or deter union organizing; I. that this plan was developed in consultation with the local area board; J. that it acknowledges the specific performance standards for each of its programs and will strive to meet them; K. that the local area board members will not act in a manner that would create a conflict of interest as identified in 20 CFR 667.200(a)(4), including voting on any matter regarding the provision of service by that member or the entity that s/he represents and any matter that would provide a financial benefit to that member or to his or her immediate family;
Page 43 of 46 Board Action Request 18-0232 Item Description: Amd 1 to Agmt A140482 with the MN Dept of Employment and Economic Development master grant agreement to provide workforce development services to eligible recipients, no change to contract dates
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