Announcements

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    H-1B Strengthening Working Families Initiative
    Posted On: 2/13/2019

    This month, the H-1B SWFI Community of Practice (CoP) features a blog post outlining how behavioral prompts can be used to improve recruitment and retention for SWFI grantees.   After reading the blog post, we encourage you to connect with your fellow grantees and SWFI TA coaches through the CoP discussion board, where we have posted discussion questions related to these behavioral prompts.

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    H-1B Strengthening Working Families Initiative
    Posted On: 1/22/2019

    This month, the H-1B SWFI Community of Practice (CoP) features a blog post outlining SWFI grantees’ experiences with sustainability planning and considerations for progressing toward systems integration.   After reading the blog post, we encourage you to connect with your fellow grantees and SWFI TA coaches through the CoP discussion board, where we have posted discussion questions related to these behavioral prompts.

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    H-1B Strengthening Working Families Initiative
    Posted On: 10/15/2018

    This month, the H-1B SWFI Community of Practice (CoP) features a blog post focusing on the importance of training certificates and credentialing programs for SWFI participants.

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    H-1B Strengthening Working Families Initiative
    Posted On: 9/4/2018

    This brief from the National Skills Coalition discusses how supports like child care and pre-apprenticeship training can be the on-ramp to successful apprenticeships and work-based learning programs. This brief features the work of SWFI grantee Moore Community House.

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    H-1B Strengthening Working Families Initiative
    Posted On: 9/4/2018

    This month, the H-1B SWFI Community of Practice (CoP) features a blog post about engaging employers that may help SWFI grantees as they implement programming for participants related to job placement. Shayne Spaulding, Principal Research Associate with the Urban Institute and a nationally-renowned expert in workforce development, wrote this blog post. Stay tuned for information about a related webinar with Shayne in early October!

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    H-1B Strengthening Working Families Initiative
    Posted On: 7/13/2018

    This month, the H-1B SWFI Community of Practice (CoP) features a blog post about how to retain and engage participants once they have been recruited to participate in a SWFI program. SWFI programs may work with participants who face changes in life circumstances, long gaps between sign-up and the beginning of training, or challenges with completing a lengthy or difficult training. A tip sheet describes strategies SWFI programs can use to maximize participant persistence and completion.

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    H-1B Strengthening Working Families Initiative
    Posted On: 6/4/2018

    This month, the H-1B SWFI Community of Practice (CoP) features a blog post about a new federal funding source that may help SWFI grantees as they think about leveraging resources to provide child care and the sustainability of that part of their SWFI program. Carol Burnett, Executive Director of SWFI grantee Moore Community House and a nationally-renowned expert in child care, wrote this blog post.

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    H-1B Strengthening Working Families Initiative
    Posted On: 6/1/2018

    This document, updated in June 2018, answers some frequently asked questions submitted by Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI) grantees.

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    H-1B Strengthening Working Families Initiative
    Posted On: 5/22/2018

    SWFI grantees encounter a wide range of challenges in recruiting participants to their programs, including finding participants who are ready for and interested in training for career pathways towards middle- and high-skilled employment in their target industries. Successes include tailoring marketing materials to better engage potential participants, and referring individuals to related services to better prepare them for SWFI training.

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    H-1B Strengthening Working Families Initiative
    Posted On: 4/23/2018

    SWFI grantees may encounter challenges in connecting their participants to opportunities in target industries, ranging from “selling” the target industry to participants, to building participants’ skills so they can progress along a career pathway toward middle- and high-skilled employment. Strong, collaborative partnerships with employers and other stakeholders can also help expand opportunities for SWFI participants.