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1 Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) & the American Job Centers (AJCs) - Increasing Collaboration

2 Vocational Rehabilitation Program WIOA/PETS

3 Vocational Rehabilitation Overview Program Purpose: Assist individuals with disabilities to go to work Eligibility Requirements Has an impairment that limits the ability to go to work Requires vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for, maintain, sustain, obtain and retain employment Can benefit from vocational rehabilitation services in terms of an employment outcome

4 Pre-Employment Transition Services Definitions: Student with a Disability is: An individual, at age 14 through 21, who is eligible for and receiving Special Education, or related services in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), or An individual, at age 14 through 21, with a disability as defined under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Note: In TN, transition is defined as beginning at age 14, in the law the age is 16 or as defined by your state.

5 Pre-Employment Transition Services

6 AJC/WIOA Collaboration WIOA increases the minimum OSY expenditure rate for youth formula-funded program from 30% under WIA to 75% under WIOA Under WIOA, state vocational rehabilitation agencies must use 15% of their allotted funds for the provision of Pre- Employment Transition Services

7 AJC/WIOA Collaboration TDLWD Focus shifting to out-of-school youth VR Focus shifting to in-school youth THIS IS A GREAT PLACE FOR COLLABORATION!

8 Employment First Youth MOU Governor Haslam signed Executive Order No. 28, that established Tennessee as an Employment First State This established the Employment First Taskforce The Youth MOU is a product of that group

9 American Job Centers and WIOA

10 General AJC & WIOA Overview Tennessee American Job Centers (AJCs) Provides free access to on-site recruiting events, workshops on résumé writing, interviewing skills, and job search activities or pursue more intensive training or certifications for occupations that are in demand. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Federal Program designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

11 WIOA Youth Program Eligibility WIOA Youth Program participation is assessed by specific eligibility standards and is determined for interested individuals in one of the two following categories and requirements: 1. In-school Youth (ISY) 2. Out-of-school Youth (OSY) Note: New eligibility began July 1, Existing WIA youth participants were grandfathered into the WIOA youth program, even if they are not WIOA eligible.

12 In-school Youth Eligibility An ISY must be attending school, not younger than 14 or older than 21, low income, and have one or more of a list of barriers provided in WIOA section 129(a)(1)(C)(iv): Basic skills deficient. An English language learner. An offender. A homeless youth or a runaway, in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system. Pregnant or parenting. An individual with a disability. An individual who requires additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment.

13 Out-of-school Youth Eligibility An OSY youth is an individual who is not attending any school (as defined under State law), not younger than 16 or older than age 24 at time of enrollment; and have one or more of the following: A school dropout; A youth who is within the age of compulsory school attendance, but has not attended school for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter. School year calendar quarter is based on how a local school district defines its school year quarters; A recipient of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent who is a low-income individual and is either basic skills deficient or an English language learner; An individual who is subject to the juvenile or adult justice system; A homeless individual, a runaway, an individual who is in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, a child eligible for assistance under section 477 of the Social Security Act, or an individual who is in an out-of-home placement; An individual who is pregnant or parenting; An individual with a disability; A low-income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment. (WIOA sections 3(46) and 129(a)(1)(B).)

14 Significant Program Changes New WIOA eligibility criteria OSY participants defined as not younger than 16 or older than age 24 at time of enrollment WIOA increases the minimum OSY expenditure rate for youth formula-funded program from 30% under WIA to 75% under WIOA 14 program elements Includes an expanded Work Experience focus

15 WIOA Youth Program Elements 1. Tutoring, study skills training, instruction and evidence-based dropout prevention and recovery strategies that lead to completion of the requirements for a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent (including a recognized certificate of attendance or similar document for individuals with disabilities) or for a recognized post-secondary credential; 2. Alternative secondary school services, or dropout recovery services, as appropriate; 3. Paid and unpaid work experiences that have academic and occupational education as a component of the work experience, which may include the following types of work experiences: summer employment opportunities and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year; pre-apprenticeship programs; internships and job shadowing; and on-the-job training opportunities; 4. Occupational skill training, which includes priority consideration for training programs that lead to recognized post-secondary credentials that align with in-demand industry sectors or occupations in the local area involved, if the Local Board determines that the programs meet the quality criteria described in WIOA sec. 123; 5. Education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster; 6. Leadership development opportunities, including community service and peer-centered activities encouraging responsibility and other positive social and civic behaviors;

16 WIOA Youth Program Elements (cont d) 7. Supportive Services 8. Adult mentoring for a duration of at least 12 months that may occur both during and after program participation; 9. Follow-up services for not less than 12 months after the completion of participation; 10. Comprehensive guidance and counseling, which may include drug and alcohol abuse counseling, as well as referrals to counseling, as appropriate to the needs of the individual youth; 11. Financial literacy education; 12. Entrepreneurial skills training; 13. Services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in the local area, such as career awareness, career counseling, and career exploration services; and 14. Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to post-secondary education and training. Funds for youth services are allocated to state and local areas based on a formula distribution

17 Contact Us Briana Johnson WIOA Youth Program Manager Yovancha Lewis-Brown VR Strategic Initiatives Director

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