Success Story - Kareem Hawkins

Monday January 30th, 2017 at 10:00am
Written by Livonia PATH Team

Kareem Hawkins began participating in the Livonia WIOA Youth Program on June 10, 2016, following his graduation from Redford Union High School. When Kareem met with the Youth Program’s Career Coach, he expressed a desire to pursue higher education and become employed.

Within the first few months of his participation with EDSI, Kareem prepared for employment through engaging in workshops as well as meeting one-on-one with staff. He worked to develop his resume and create cover letters as he searched for employment. In addition, he completed mock interviews with EDSI staff to learn how to best present himself to an employer. This preparation assisted Kareem as he attended job fairs hosted by EDSI at the Michigan Works! Livonia Service Center.

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Education and Workforce Development Partnerships

Monday October 3rd, 2016 at 10:00am
Written by Ed Quintavalle - Senior Consultant

There’s been a national call-to-action for two-year community colleges and career and technical high schools. Ultimately, educators are responsible for meeting the demand for skills in the global economy.

  1. There is consensus that the foundational academic knowledge needed for postsecondary education and for careers is virtually the same, with growing recognition that academic skills, employability and technical knowledge and skills are essential as well.
  2. We’re seeing widespread agreement that lifelong learning and ‘learning how to learn’ are key drivers of success in college, careers and civic life.
  3. Research shows collaborative efforts in states, districts and communities to strengthen their collective capacity to deliver results that matter.

The plan is for greater student success. It needs to be bolder and broader – “cradle-to-career” strategies – comprehensive, data-driven plans that begin early on and focus on improving measurable progress to career readiness. This new formula shows the most promise for success. Follow-up on the student’s outcome is also important to obtain the metrics to grow this philosophy.

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Construction Training and Internship Program for Detroit Students

Wednesday August 24th, 2016 at 7:12am
Written by Michelle Knierim - Associate Consultant

Over the past 3 years, The Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) has been approached by several of its member companies about the lack of young people entering the construction industry. During a series of roundtable discussions, workforce development continued to be a trending topic. To address this growing concern, CAM joined forces with EDSI to develop a pilot program called “3D.” 3D stands for develop, design and deliver.

EDSI just completed the first 3D boot camp training at the UAW Ford building in Detroit, Michigan. The training was a 5 day training that taught juniors in high school more about the construction industry. They learned about careers in the industry, workplace readiness skills, communication, construction terminology and overview, the construction process (development, design, bidding, pre-construction, close out), money management and basic finance, technology in the construction industry and safety requirements. We partnered with 6 different schools throughout the city of Detroit to include both charter and public schools.

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4 Reasons Most College Students Won’t Earn a Degree

Thursday June 9th, 2016 at 11:38am
Written by Jim Bitterle - Consulting Managing Partner

As parents, most of us expect our children to go to High School, get good grades, go directly to college and earn their degree in 4-5 years. Although this thinking is logical, it often leads young adults down the wrong path. Did you know, only 34% of High School graduates actually earn a bachelor’s degree? More concerning is this fact; 51% of all young adults who attend college NEVER earn a degree!

Reasons why 51% never earn a degree include:

1) The cost of higher education is extremely high. 

The total cost of getting a degree in 2010 was 4.5 times higher than the total educational cost in 1985. This is based upon inflation adjusted dollars. The financial burden on parents and students has more than quadrupled!

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What Does it Mean to be a Young Professional?

Wednesday March 2nd, 2016 at 7:30am
Written by Theresia Kody - Business Services Representative

I have been part of many conversations recently about young professionals: being a young professional, how to attract young professionals to specific employers, what do young professionals want in a position, etc. A common theme I heard in each of these conversations was the varying definition, view, and expectations of a young professional. I found it interesting that this term is used so frequently in the workforce, yet is shaped by perspective, which is then key to understanding someone’s view. From here, I turned to a few college seniors to hear their perspectives and asked them to refrain from using the internet.

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Building Toward the Future

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 at 7:40am

Written by Andre Hardy - Youth Career Specialist with EDSI 

ahardy@edsisolutions.com

On May 26, 2015, the second full year of EDSI's Delaware County in-school youth program came to a close with a celebration featuring a raffle for prizes as well as a Student of the Year Award. This year, the program enrolled and served 22 youth between the ages of 14-18 and offered career coaching and mentorship through weekly workshops. Other features of the program included guest speakers from various career fields, field trips to networking events and to view county operations, and dozens of opportunities for part-time employment and internships.

Outcomes of the program:

  • all 18 seniors are graduating
  • all 18 seniors have been accepted into post-secondary institutions
  • 11 students with part-time employment/internships
  • potential for many students to gain employment in the summer months

The program is scheduled to resume in August, 2015 with a fresh group of 25 students looking to build toward their futures.

Here's what a few students said they learned through their experiences in the program:

 

I've learned how to view things from different perspectives when it comes to handling people in professional and personal settings." ---- Ronna'e Cottrell

 

It's important to stay humble, recognize that things don't always come easy, and no matter what you're going through you have to stay positive." ---- Naje Scott

 

I learned that in order to get a job you have to sell yourself and that it's important to follow up with employers because not everyone will call you." ---- Donta Sheppard

 

Being successful is not all about what you know or who you know. It's also about your attitude and how you carry yourself." ---- Diesheer Davis

 

During this program, I have learned how to get out of my comfort zone, so I decided to face my fears and did something I always said I was going to do, go to college." ---- Brittany Connor

 


Reflections from the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Annual Conference

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 at 8:43am

Written by Kristina Harrell – Project Specialist with EDSI

kharrell@edsisolutions.com

I recently had the opportunity to attend the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV with several EDSI colleagues. It was great to reconnect with EDSI team members from all over the country; Jessica Johnson, Susan Oney, Terri Kaufman, Ray Eibel and Ken Mall, to name a few. 

For me, this conference was different from the ones I’ve attended in the past. This year, instead of hoping to one day obtain my Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) certificate, I was attending as a CWDP and looking to increase my knowledge in all fields of workforce development. 

Reflecting on my experience, I appreciated the conversations with many workforce professionals from across the nation. Specifically, I enjoyed listening to and sharing ideas around implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). During my time at the conference, I had the opportunity to attend a great presentation; one that engaged everyone in the room, titled “Motivation to Meet Your Measures.” The presentation was primarily geared toward understanding today’s youth, and it really put everything into perspective for me, especially having one pre-teen and two teenage children. 

The presenters considered generational gaps, what motivates us, what motivates today’s youth and strategies to continue to engage and motivate today’s youth. One of the successful youth participants, Justin Lockard, was quoted as saying “You too can reach this level of success, in these ways, no matter the struggle – it’s all in the determination!” A simple equation to consider: Motivating our Clients + Motivating our Staff = Meeting our Goals.

Thanks to NAWDP for another great conference this year. Surprisingly, Elvis made an appearance at the conference as well, so we didn’t want to miss out on a photo opportunity! :)

 

 

 

WIOA - Youth Program Transition

Tuesday April 21st, 2015 at 10:39am

Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI

tkaufman@edsisolutions.com

**Summary of TEGL WIOA NO. 23-14**

It is estimated that over six million 16-24 years olds are currently not employed or not in school. 75% of WIOA youth program funds now focus now on out-of-school youth (OSY) and 25% on in-school youth (ISY). The Employment and Training Administration is aware of the challenges that states and local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) will encounter transitioning to the 75% spending requirement for OSY activities. 

States and local WIBs should be receiving notification of the first WIOA allotment for youth programs in April 2015, with operational implementation on July 1, 2015. States and local WIBs are encouraged to use allowable transition funds to begin preparation for WIOA youth programs.

The Employment and Training Administration understands this is a significant shift, and they will provide technical assistance and guidance on recruiting and serving OSY. All states and local WIBs will be required to spend a minimum of 75% of PY 2016 youth funds on OSY.

While final WIOA regulations will not be published until 2016, the Employment and Training Administration has issued TEGL WIOA No. 23-14 to assist local WIBs to prepare for implementing WIOA Youth Programs July 1, 2015.  

WIOA eliminates the requirement for local WIBs to establish a Youth Council. However, local WIBs are encouraged to establish a standing committee to provide planning, operational and other services for both OSY and ISY. WIOA has 14 program elements (which include the consolidation of the 10 original WIA elements). Five of the new elements are: financial literacy education; entrepreneurial skills training; services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in the local areas; activities that help youth prepare for and transition to post-secondary education and training; and education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster. Additional activities may include: paid and unpaid work experience; leadership development; supportive services; and adult mentoring and guidance.

Work experience is a critical component of WIOA. 20% of OSY funds must be used for work experience. It is important to note that program expenditures can include wages as well as staffing costs for the development and management of work experiences.

ISY must be attending school, not younger than 14 or older then 21, low income, and have one or more of a list of barriers:

  • Basic skills deficient
  • An English language learner
  • An offender
  • A homeless youth or runaway, in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system
  • Pregnant or parenting
  • A disability
  • Requires assistance to complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment

Local WIBs are encouraged to work with local schools to coordinate services in areas such as career preparation, career awareness, employer presentations and employer visits.


WIOA - Calling All Community Based Organizations and Health and Human Service Providers

Wednesday April 1st, 2015 at 7:34am

Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI

tkaufman@edsisolutions.com

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires local workforce areas to provide priority of services and funding support to individuals with low income and barriers to employment. This creates a unique opportunity for Community Based Organizations (CBOs), education providers and Health and Human Service providers to work with Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIBs) to develop and provide workforce development services to help individuals obtain self-sufficiency.

WIOA will help numerous CBOs and other human resources agencies work together in local One-Stops to better service clients. Working together, agencies and individuals can have access to and leverage additional resources and services. Local areas can help disadvantaged and unemployed adults and youth receive supportive services and provide education and training opportunities across multiple programs.

Did you know, it is estimated that nearly one third of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients who are considered work eligible under the age of 24 may qualify for WIOA services and training support?

WIOA has also increased the eligible youth age to 16-24 years old for out-of-school youth and 14-21 years old for low-income youth with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELL). Additionally, 75% of youth funds must be focused on serving at-risk youth, and 20% of those funds must focus on work ready activities.

State and LWIBs will be required to report the number of individuals they serve with barriers to employment. They must develop plans on how these services will be provided and report outcomes!

This is a unique opportunity for Community Based Organizations and Health and Human Service Providers to reach out to your Local Workforce Investment Board. You can help LWIBs to develop plans for youth and adults with barriers to succeed by working together to design training services and programs. Take the time to contact your Local WIB.

Click here for more info about WIOA on our website. 

 

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