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Previous Buzz Items: 2015

  • Partnering for Veterans at NASWA
    Serving veterans is a group effort: “Partnering for Veterans,” the National Association of State Workforce Agencies’ annual veteran service conference, is premised on the idea “that not one agency, not one program, not one office can serve the veteran alone.” During her remarks before 250 attendees in Washington, D.C., on July 22, acting Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training Terry Gerton highlighted public and private partnerships that support pathways to help veterans find good-paying, middle class jobs. Gerton talked about VETS’ plan to help veterans and employers close the skills gap, and she discussed resources that are available through the department’s website.

    Via DoL in Action

  • Homeless Webinar 5 Released: Employer Engagement
    The Department of Labor has released the fifth webinar in its Promoting Employment for Homeless Veterans series. Webinar # 5 focuses on opening doors for job-seeking clients by discovering the personnel needs of businesses and connecting them with job seekers with the relevant skills and attitudes. As with all the webinars in this series, the resource page contains valuable links and downloadable tools. You can watch the webinar here after completing a brief registration form. Anyone may view the presentation. Please share the information with your partners.

  • Companies to Veterans: We Want You!
    Charles Lewis knew exactly who he wanted to hire and where to find them.

    The Supreme Cleaning owner is a veteran who's active in local veterans' organizations and found the 20 or so employees for his maintenance company by tapping into those networks. His human resources manager is a disabled veteran who's been with the company for six years. His operations manager is a former captain who's been on board for three years.

    Lewis said they don't require much supervision because of their military background and mission-oriented way of thinking.

    "We've been blessed," he said.

    Read More.
    Montgomery Advertiser

  • VETS Releases USERRA Annual Report
    The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, which helps reemploy eligible veterans when their military service is completed, became law on Oct. 13, 1994. Recently, the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service issued the USERRA Annual Report to Congress. The report reflects VETS’ efforts to expand awareness of USERRA and ensure employers’ strong commitment to those who have served. A collaborative effort among the Departments of Defense, Justice and Labor, the report contains statistics as well as recommendations on ways to strengthen USERRA’s enforceability.

  • NVTI News Flash: VETS Monthly Employment Overview, June 2015
    The Veterans' Employment & Training Service's (VETS) monthly Veteran Employment Update has been released, which is a review of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Economic News Release.  The update includes unemployment information by veteran status, gender, and post-9/11 Era service, as well as state-by-state data and growth of industry sectors nationwide.  Also included are graphs showing unemployment trends over the last 24 months.

    A Cautionary Note on Sample Size

    As we state in the document, some of these figures do not meet the Bureau of Labor Statistics' standards for publishing.  This is due to the relatively small sample size of subpopulations of veterans, most notably female veterans and veterans ages 18-24.  As a result of the small sample size, there is volatility in the monthly numbers.  As opposed to generalizing monthly results to the overall population, BLS recommends reviewing employment trends over several months to gain a better understanding of the employment situation for veterans.

    If you have any questions, you may contact Dennis Johnson.

    Read the full report
    .

    $35 Million in job training grants will help more than 16,000 veterans
    overcome homelessness and secure employment

    U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced today the award of more than $35 million in grants to provide an estimated 16,000 veterans with job-driven training for in-demand jobs to help them successfully transition from homelessness to sustainable housing and good civilian jobs.

    “In cities like Salt Lake City, Houston and Phoenix, through partnerships and the aggressive delivery of supportive services, we have shown that veteran homelessness is not a reality we have to accept,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “The Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program has proven time and again that it can be effective in helping veterans overcome obstacles to employment and sustainable housing, and they deserve nothing less.”

    Read More: DOL News Release

    Via: DOL in Action Newsletter

    DOL Champions Veterans' Employment
    To date, more than half-a-million veterans have been hired through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring our Heroes program. Along with the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, the chamber held its Mission Transition: Creating Employment Opportunities for Post-9/11 Veterans and Military Families event in Washington, D.C., on June 24. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez joined former President Bush and Laura Bush to talk about efforts to create employment opportunities for veterans. The theme of Perez’s remarks was partnerships – between federal agencies, with state and local government, those that are helping increase apprenticeships, and with private-sector employers who are committing to hiring veterans. “This has indeed been an all-hands-on deck enterprise,” Perez said. “It really demonstrates our nation’s commitment – across the board – to making sure we serve our service members.”

  • Homeless Veteran Webinar 4 Released – Assisting Ex-Offenders
    The Department of Labor has released the fourth webinar in its’ Promoting Employment for Homeless Veterans series. Webinar # 4 focuses on assisting homeless clients who are also ex-offenders address the unique challenges they face. You can watch the webinar at here after completing a brief registration form.

    The webinar is about 30 minutes in length. Anyone may view the presentation. Please share the information with your partners.

  • NVTI NEWS FLASH: A Veterans’ Referral Tool Announced
    The Obama Administration is committed to achieving an end to homelessness among our nation’s veterans, and connecting veterans experiencing or at-risk of homelessness to needed services and help them to obtain permanent housing. Achieving this goal requires an ‘all-of-community’ response in which Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities, homeless services organizations/Continuums of Care, health care providers, law enforcement, the public workforce investment system, and other community-based organizations work together to identify veterans experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and refer them for assistance that can help them obtain permanent housing. A Veterans' Referral Tool was developed as a guide to help connect Veterans experiencing or at-risk of homelessness to appropriate housing and services. Specifically, this document provides guidance on how to:

    • Identify veterans among others who are experiencing homelessness;
    • Assess whether a veteran is experiencing or at-risk of homelessness;
    • Identify what type of assistance is needed by each veteran experiencing homelessness; and,
    • Refer veterans to appropriate sources for homelessness assistance.

    This Referral Tool is available here.

    Links will also be available on the Department of Labor’s Veterans Priority resource page: https://veterans.workforce3one.org . We would like to thank you for helping us get the word out about this new tool. We would also like to thank you again for all the work you do to help people get the jobs and careers that are so critically important to them, their families, and our country.

    If you have any questions please contact:
    Emmanuel Ekwo
    (202) 693-4733

    Sincerely,

    Amanda Ahlstrand
    Administrator
    Office of Workforce Investment
    Employment and Training Administration

    Emmanuel Ekwo
    Deputy Director, Office of National Programs
    Veterans Employment and Training Service

  • Rudy Moreira is Appointed New Training Manager
    After Terry Hughes' appointment as NVTI's new Executive Director, Rudy Moreira accepted the position of Training Manager. Rudy has been with NVTI for two years as an instructor.

    Previously, Rudy served as the Professional Development and Outreach Coordinator and as a Human Resources Representative at Florida SouthWestern State College. He is also a retired veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.

    Rudy received his M.Ed. in Adult Education and an MBA from Colorado State University, as well as a B.A. in Business from Keiser University.

  • NVTI News Flash: Monthly Employment Overview, May 2015
    The Veterans' Employment & Training Service's (VETS) monthly Veteran Employment Update has been released, which is a review of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Economic News Release.  The update includes unemployment information by veteran status, gender, and post-9/11 Era service, as well as state-by-state data and growth of industry sectors nationwide.  Also included are graphs showing unemployment trends over the last 24 months.

    A Cautionary Note on Sample Size:
    As we state in the document, some of these figures do not meet the Bureau of Labor Statistics' standards for publishing.  This is due to the relatively small sample size of subpopulations of veterans, most notably female veterans and veterans ages 18-24.  As a result of the small sample size, there is volatility in the monthly numbers.  As opposed to generalizing monthly results to the overall population, BLS recommends reviewing employment trends over several months to gain a better understanding of the employment situation for veterans.

    If you have any questions, you may contact Dennis Johnson.

    Read the full report.

  • Finding Homes for Veterans, One City at a Time

    Showing his commitment to end homelessness among our military veterans, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez hit the road recently with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Matthew Doherty. In Houston on June 1, the group joined Mayor Annise Parker at a rally as she announced that her city had joined Salt Lake City, Phoenix and New Orleans in the fight to end veteran homelessness. Later that day in Arizona, the group listened as veterans in Tucson delivered powerful stories about their difficulties. The trek ended the following day in Las Vegas, where they met with Mayor Carolyn Goodman and other Nevada mayors and elected officials to sign a declaration pledging to end homelessness. During the tour, Cliff Wade, once a homeless veteran in Tucson, said the services he received at the Sullivan Jackson Employment Center turned his life around. The center operates with funds from the department. Wade now works with other homeless veterans, helping them find housing and connecting them with marketable skills and job training. "My story is evidence that our efforts to end veteran homelessness can work," he said. "I'm lucky to have a job changing the lives of veterans like me."

    Via: DoL Newsletter
    Read the blog post

  • NVTI News Flash: Terry Gerton named Acting Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training

    As you may know, Assistant Secretary Keith Kelly has stepped down to return to Montana and enjoy a well-earned retirement.  We at DOL are proud to have had him as a key leader here, and we will miss his integrity and compassion.

    As of yesterday, May 30, 2015, VETS current Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Terry Gerton, has become Acting Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training, until such time as a new Assistant Secretary is nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate.  Terry has been Keith’s close partner in leading VETS for nearly two years and will continue to build on VETS’ strong partnerships at the local, state, and federal levels, with Congress, with employers, and most importantly with America's veterans.

  • Homeless Veteran Webinar 3 Released – Building Partnerships with Service Providers

    The Department of Labor has released the third webinar in its Promoting Employment for Homeless Veterans series. Webinar # 3 focuses on collaborating with outside agencies, with a special emphasis on service providers that can assist clients with housing, mental health, or substance use challenges. You can watch the webinar at http://www.nvti.ucdenver.edu/HomelessVeteransWebinars.htm  after completing a brief registration form.

    The webinar is just over 25 minutes in length. Anyone may view the presentation. Please share the information with your partners.

  • Ending Veteran Homelessness
    The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans held its annual conference in Washington, D.C., on May 28. Deputy Secretary Chris Lu spoke to the attendees about the Department's commitment to ending veterans homelessness, saying: "We not only help homeless veterans prepare for and find jobs, but we also help prevent at-risk veterans from starting a downward spiral towards homelessness. Our employment and training programs help build a ladder to the middle class." The deputy secretary reminded the advocacy groups and community organizations of the importance of integrating their programs with the 2,500 American Job Centers, where veterans receive priority service for services such as counseling and training. The department also provides $38 million in Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program grants each year, with many of those grants going to organizations present at the conference.

    Learn more about HVRP

    Via: DoL Newsletter

  • Coaching Veterans to Manage Money the Right Way
    Achieving financial security is about more than just finding a job — it's also about making good decisions with the money you earn. In partnership with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the department recently launched the Financial Coaching Initiative. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and CFPB Director Richard Cordray traveled to the Arlington Employment Center in Virginia on May 20 to promote the two-year pilot program. Approximately 60 certified financial coaches will be available at organizations around the country, including at 35 American Job Centers, to assist economically vulnerable consumers and recently transitioned veterans in creating and realizing their financial goals. "We will better serve those who've served us by providing them with a credentialed financial coach who has an understanding of the veteran community, military families and the challenges they face. These professionals will provide one-on-one free coaching to help them craft a personalized plan for financial success," said Perez.

    Read more: DoL Blog

  • Resources for Veterans
    At a recent Housing Assistance Council forum in Washington, D.C., Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment and Training Service Keith Kelly discussed federal resources available to veterans in rural settings. He also emphasized the value of the vast American Job Centers network around the country and the resources they offer veterans. Kelly also highlighted the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program, which helps link unemployed veterans who have experienced homelessness with jobs. Other speakers included Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, who chairs the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and California Rep. Sam Farr.

    • Learn About American Job Centers Resources
    • Learn About HVRP

  • NVTI News Flash: VETS Releases Employment Overview for April
    The Veterans' Employment & Training Service's (VETS) has released its monthly Veteran Employment Update, which is a review of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Economic News Release.  The update includes unemployment information by veteran status, gender, and post-9/11 Era service, as well as state-by-state data and growth of industry sectors nationwide.  Also included are graphs showing unemployment trends over the last 24 months.

    A Cautionary Note on Sample Size

    As we state in the document, some of these figures do not meet the Bureau of Labor Statistics' standards for publishing.  This is due to the relatively small sample size of subpopulations of veterans, most notably female veterans and veterans ages 18-24.  As a result of the small sample size, there is volatility in the monthly numbers.  As opposed to generalizing monthly results to the overall population, BLS recommends reviewing employment trends over several months to gain a better understanding of the employment situation for veterans.

    If you have any questions, you may contact Dennis Johnson at johnson.dennis.r@dol.gov

    Read More: Download the Report

  • New NVTI Director Announced – Terry Hughes
    NVTI Training Solutions, home of the National Veterans Training Institute (NVTI) is proud to announce the appointment of Terry Hughes to the position of executive director. Mr. Hughes has been with NVTI for 21 months in the position of training manager. He begins this new position on May 1, 2015. Some of Mr. Hughes qualifications for the position include:

    • Master’s in Adult and Continuing Education; Ph.D. in Extension, Continuing and Adult Education

    • Four years of experience with federal and state grants while at Michigan State University; 21 months of experience while with NVTI

    • Twelve years of experience managing instructors or trainers; eighteen years of experience developing and delivering training and adult education programs

    • 21 months training veteran service providers in the workforce development system; six years assisting Prior Service members of several National Guard units learn about their rights and benefits as veterans

    • Military veteran of U.S. ARMY (Active Duty) 1974-1977, 1983-1986

  • April 21: Help for Women Veterans
    Dr. Nancy Glowacki, Veterans' Employment and Training Service program manager, praised female service members at the National Association of State Women Veteran Coordinators' 16th Annual Training Conference in Austin, Texas, on April 21. "Women veterans are strong, and when we do face seemingly insurmountable obstacles, it is our determination and tenacity that often carries us through to the other side." Veteran coordinators are designated contacts that help women veterans when and if they have questions or problems accessing the services and benefits they've earned. The organization seeks to give the nation's women veterans equal access to veterans' services, resolve problems or delays in getting service, and educate veterans about the benefits they have earned. Dr. Glowacki encouraged attendees to forge relationships with VETS personnel in their respective states to help women veterans access the employment resources available through the department.

    Via DOL e-newsletter

  • April 13: Plentiful Resources Exist for Veterans, but Little Coordination
    A new study suggests that plenty of resources are available for veterans struggling in their post-miliary transition. However, there is poor coordination among the programs.

    Produced by Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the report advocates for a “collective impact” approach to solving the problem
    .

    Read More: Star Tribune

  • March 18: Bureau of Labor Statistics releases VETS Employment Numbers
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics, a division of the Department of Labor, released its annual report of employment numbers for veterans. The Report includes breakdowns of employment numbers by state and various other metrics.

    "The unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001—a group referred to as Gulf War-era II veterans—declined by 1.8 percentage points over the year to 7.2 percent in 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The jobless rate for all veterans, at 5.3 percent, also declined from a year earlier."

    Read More: Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL)

  • Homeless Veterans Webinar 1 Posted - The Department of Labor has released the first of seven webinars on the subject of Promoting Employment for Homeless Veterans.

    You can watch the webinar at http://www.nvti.ucdenver.edu/HomelessVeteransWebinars.htm  after completing a brief registration form.

  • NVTI Training Open to SWA/AJC Staff - VETS is allowing some seats in NVTI’s primary training courses to state workforce agency and AJC staff to attend:

    Facilitating Veteran Employment (FVE)

    Intensive Services (IS)

    Employer Outreach (EO)

    Leadership for the Integration of Veteran Services (LIVS)

    Veterans Benefits Online (VB)

    VETS has approved these courses for SWA and AJC staff attendance under the NVTI contract, thus participant travel will be arranged and paid for, as well as participant guest charges (hotel guest room, three meals daily during training, Denver airport shuttle).  Of course, no travel is needed for Veterans Benefits Online.

    Interested parties should complete the NVTI training application below, obtain any necessary state approval to attend, and email their app to Cheryl Swears or Anthony Martinez. Applications may also be faxed to NVTI at 303-315-2222.

    NVTI Training Application PDF format or Word doc

    This is an amazing opportunity! Take advantage.

    FYI: SWA and AJC are the staff funded through WIA or Wayner-Peysner funds. 

     

 
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