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Posted On: Jan 22, 2019 9:40 AM
Posted By: Alexander Hollister

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Reporting Program Completion Outcomes using PIRL 1813

To highlight and clarify performance policy for PIRL 1813 Date Completed, During Program Participation, an Education or Training Program Leading to a Recognized Postsecondary Credential or Employment (WIOA).

Posted On: Apr 17, 2019 11:09 AM
Posted By: Alexander Hollister

Posted On: Feb 13, 2019 8:07 AM
Posted By: Alexander Hollister

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Welcome to SWFI!

 We’re very excited to announce the launch of the H-1B Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI) Community of Practice. This online community will be the location for all technical assistance resources, news and collaboration for grantees.

Posted On: Sep 05, 2017 11:14 AM
Posted By: Alexander Hollister

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Employer Engagement: The Black Box of Workforce Program Services

Organizations and agencies running programs to help participants find jobs often hear the mantra of employer engagement. To help participants get jobs, it is necessary to engage employers. But in many ways, the term “employer engagement” is the black box of workforce program services. It is where all the answers lie, but no one knows what is in the black box. And for many SWFI grantees, engaging employers can also be one of the biggest challenges.

Posted On: Sep 20, 2018 2:11 PM
Posted By: Alexander Hollister

Posted On: Jul 13, 2018 3:52 PM
Posted By: Alexander Hollister

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SWFI: Tapping into New Federal Funding to Support Child Care

SWFI grantees are working to support job training students who are parents of young children, and this means incorporating child care as a support service. This is difficult because child care fees are expensive and public child care assistance funds are inadequate. However, there is some good news!

Posted On: Jun 05, 2018 8:29 AM
Posted By: Alexander Hollister

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SWFI: Effective Partnering with Childcare and Training Providers

Effective partnering with child care and training providers is critical to SWFI success. Here we highlight just one example of how SWFI grantees are developing and maintaining effective partnerships with child care partners. We also highlight several helpful resources on effective partnering.

Posted On: Apr 23, 2018 11:52 AM
Posted By: Alexander Hollister

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Outreach and Recruitment Techniques for SWFI Grantees

Recruiting participants is often the most challenging aspect of managing any program. Most programs experience recruiting challenges at some point along the way. Recruitment tools—both active and passive—can help your team respond to a changing recruitment environment. As partners shift, the economy changes, or other challenges arise, it is important to devise a plan for recruitment using a variety of tools.

Posted On: May 11, 2018 9:58 AM
Posted By: Alexander Hollister

Posted On: Oct 14, 2018 8:08 PM
Posted By: Alexander Hollister

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Connecting SWFI participants to opportunities in advanced manufacturing

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 in your target industries can also help expand job training and employment opportunities for SWFI participants.

Posted On: Mar 19, 2018 3:39 PM
Posted By: Alexander Hollister

Posted On: Jun 14, 2019 8:08 AM
Posted By: Alexander Hollister

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Work-Based Learning and SWFI Grantee Experiences

Work-based learning can provide SWFI participants with relevant work experience, tailored training and skills, and connections to potential employers before they formally enter the job market. However, work-based learning opportunities can be resource-intensive for both grantees and employers. These opportunities also require close collaboration to establish a shared understanding of how work-based learning will meet the needs of both employers and participants.

Posted On: Aug 12, 2019 8:03 AM
Posted By: Alexander Hollister

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Co-Enrolling to Improve SWFI Participation

SWFI grantees can co-enroll participants in multiple programs to increase enrollment in SWFI and provide their participants with more extensive training and supportive services. Understanding a participant’s eligibility across multiple programs can open up funding streams, increase access to supportive services while a participant receives training or works, and ensure greater stability for families.

Posted On: Sep 25, 2019 11:38 AM
Posted By: Alexander Hollister