Workforce Investment Act Strategic Five-Year
Local Plan

For the Local Workforce Investment Area:

NORTEC
Butte, Del Norte, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas,
Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity

  TABLE OF CONTENTS

                Executive Summary  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Plan Development Process   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Local Vision and Goals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Labor Market Analysis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Leadership. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Local One Stop Service Delivery System  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Youth Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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VII. 

Administrative Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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VIII. 

Assurances. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Program Administration  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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              EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
 

The Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium (NoRTEC) has worked diligently over the past five years to develop and establish a service delivery system consistent with California's One Stop vision. The result has been a network of One Stops that feature partnerships that are prescribed in the Workforce Investment Act (ACT). All of the nine member counties of the NoRTEC- Butte, Del Norte, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity - have a least one comprehensive One Stop operation and all are electronically linked and part of the Northern California Employment Network (14 counties total). CalWorks, EDD (including job service, UI, and veterans services), and Senior Service are already co-located at the One Stops. Several other partners including Community Colleges, Probation, Department of Rehabilitation, Social Services, ROP, and Adult Education are also co-located partners at some or all of the One Stops.

NoRTEC's One Stops currently provide, on-site or through referral, all of the youth services and adult services described in the ACT. NoRTEC has met all performance standards prescribed by JTPA since its inception. Our recent excellent performance is largely due to comprehensive services offered through the cooperative efforts of the local and regional partnerships that have been forged. Employer service has also been enhanced because of the centralized, concerted efforts of the One Stop partners to provide a single point of contact for job development, and referral strategies that avoid confusion and eliminate duplication. Community Coordinators in each of the counties have improved services to employers by serving as a bridge between the economic development, business and job training communities. Employers also have access to job seekers and other business relevant information and assistance through the local One Stop business resource centers.

NoRTEC's goals for a first class One Stop service delivery system include continually improving:

  • Local and regional partnership commitments to coordinating resources (manpower, money, equipment, supplies, etc.) to best meet the needs of our customers – local employers and job seekers.
  • Community coordination support and assistance for common goals and efforts among business, economic development and the One Stops.
  • Access to the Internet for job seekers, employers and the community.
  • Customer satisfaction.
  • Job development efforts to determine employer manpower needs and provide timely and consistent recruitment and screening and related employee and applicant training and other economic benefits.
  • A "Work First" system that minimizes the turnaround time between job application and job placement.
  • A "Business First" system that assists local business with retention and expansion efforts.

         I.    PLAN DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

    1. What was the role of the Chief Elected Official in developing the plan? [WIA, Section 118(a)]

      NoRTEC's Governing Board (CEO) worked in partnership with the NoRTEC WIB for the development of the local plan.

    2. What local workforce investment board, transition board or existing body had oversight for the development of this local plan? If there was no such body, how will you create a responsible entity? [WIA Section 117(d)(4)]

      NoRTEC's WIB, in partnership with the NoRTEC Governing Board, had oversight for the development of the local plan.

    3. Describe the process used to provide an opportunity for public comment, including comment by the Chief Elected Official; the local workforce investment board and youth council; other local governing bodies; educators; vocational rehabilitation agencies; service providers; community-based organizations; and migrant seasonal farm worker representatives. Describe the process used to get input for the plan prior to submission. [WIA Section 118(c)(1) and WIA Section 118(b)(7)]

      Most of these entities are directly represented on the NoRTEC WIB and Governing Board, and have a voting influence on NoRTEC policy and direction, including this plan. On a more public level, an announcement was published in the local newspapers of nine NoRTEC member counties, stating that a copy of the plan was available for public review and comment in a local One Stop in each of the nine NoRTEC counties. The plan was released and a 30-day public comment period commenced. Additionally, the plan was posted on the NoRTEC and NCEN Web sites for comment and input.

    4. How were comments considered in developing the local WIA plan? [State Planning Guidance I B. and WIA, Section 112(b)(9)]

      The plan went through the public review process, which ended on March 22, 2000. No comments were received. The NoRTEC WIB and Governing Board approved the plan at their March 24, 2000, joint meeting.

    5. Describe the method used to make copies of the local plan available through public hearings, and through the local news media and the Internet. [WIA, Section 118(c)(2)]

      This is addressed in Item I.C., above.

    6. What other organizations were involved in the development of the local plan? How were they involved?

      Many local organizations have been involved in the development of the local plan. The input received has come through membership or participation on the WIB and Governing Board, local county One Stop planning and advisory committees and through partnership at the local One Stops.
      Contributing organizations include:

      County Superintendents of Schools, County Departments of Social Services, County Boards of Supervisors, County CEO's, EDD Field Offices, Chambers of Commerce, Regional Occupational Programs (ROP), Employers Advisory Groups, Local School Districts, Department of Rehabilitation, School-to-Career Programs, Local Economic Development Corporations

       II.   LOCAL VISION AND GOALS

    1. What is your vision for your local workforce investment system, and how will your system appear at the end of the five-year period covered by this plan? [State Planning Guidance II B.] [WIA, section 117(d)(1)] Some specific questions that may be considered are:

      1. In five years, describe how your local system will integrate services. [WIA, Section 117(d)(1) and Section 118(a)]

        Formalized, cooperative relationships that have already been established through the development of the NoRTEC One Stop System will be refined with experience. The co-located partners identified in WIA, Section 121(b) will provide a comprehensive, coordinated, seamless service delivery system to the job seekers and employers in their local area. Partner agencies and their staff will be actively engaged in cooperative efforts to decrease duplication of services and increase effective use of existing resources between programs. Enhancing customer service and results will be the common goal and proud achievement of the NoRTEC One Stop delivery system.

      2. What programs and funding streams will support service delivery through the One Stop system? [WIA, Section 121(b)(1)(B)]

        In addition to WIA funded programs, required One Stop partners already co-located or having a presence in the NoRTEC One Stops include Adult Education and Literacy, Wagner-Peyser, Unemployment Insurance, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Vocational Rehabilitation, Welfare to Work, Senior Community Services Programs, Carl Perkins, and Veteran's Programs. All of these programs continue to support service delivery through the NoRTEC One Stop delivery system.

        Other partners including local Welfare Departments, School-to-Career, local Economic Development Corporations, and local Community Colleges also contribute to the delivery of services through the One Stops.

      3. Typically, what information and services will be provided and how will customers access them? How will the goal of universal access be achieved? [20 CFR Part 652, et al., Interim Final Rule (I)(A), State Planning Guidance II.B. bullet 3]

        All customers coming to the One Stop Career Centers in NoRTEC will be provided the opportunity to access information and the full array of core services under WIA. These services include labor market information, job search and placement assistance, information to assist individuals with the filing of UI claims, information on the availability of financial aide, eligibility determination for WIA, Welfare-to-Work, and other employment and training programs. The One Stop will also serve as a resource and referral center to help customers meet their supportive service needs in the areas of transportation, childcare, etc. Initial assessment of skill levels, aptitudes, abilities, and supportive service needs, as well as career counseling will also be available. Follow-up services will be provided to those customers who are registered and enter unsubsidized employment.

        In addition to those services outlined above, the One Stops will also provide information on training providers and their success rates.

        Individuals whose needs are unmet through the provision of core services may seek further assistance by requesting intensive services provided through the One Stops, or through referral to another agency.

      4. How will Wagner-Peyser Act and unemployment insurance services be integrated into the local system? [WIA, Section 121(b)(1)(B)(xii), State Planning Guidance II B bullet 5]

        Wagner-Peyser and unemployment insurance services are already integrated into the local system. EDD staff delivering these services is co-located at all NoRTEC One Stops and has been for the past five years. This relationship will continue under the WIA.

      5. How will the youth programs be enhanced to expand youth access to the resources and skills they need to succeed in the State's economy? [WIA, Section 111(d)(2) and 112(a)]

        NoRTEC's youth programs have been evolving since the JTPA Amendments in 1992, and currently reflect DOL's vision of long-term intervention strategies for serving youth and assisting them to develop the skills they need to succeed as a productive member of the State's work force. Youth providers will be co-located in NoRTEC's One Stops and will work closely with the resources available in these centers to provide the employment and retention services needed by many of the the youth that are in the "older youth" age group.

        For those older youth seeking advanced education and work experience (instead of employment), and for younger youth who have a need for employability skills, basic skills, and occupational skills, NoRTEC currently has a well developed job specific skills competency system, which can be reviewed at the following web address: http://www.nortec.org/tb/jsscomps/jsscomps.htm . These competency statements are constructed in tiers to provide certificates in three areas: Certificate of Entry Level Training Completion (Youth Only), Certificate of Training Completion (more advanced that the Entry Level Training Completion certificate), and Certificate of Mastery. All competency statements incorporate SCANs skills (workplace know-how skills) into the training experience. Intensive case management is provided to all youth involved in a training program to ensure a successful, meaningful experience.

        Local youth planning groups will continue to provide oversight and feedback to the NoRTEC WIB to ensure on-going refinement of the current system.

    2. Identify organizations involved in the development of your local vision and goals.

      Many local organizations have been involved in the development of the vision and goals of our local workforce investment system. The input received has come from the organizations through membership or participation on the WIB and Governing Board, county One Stop planning and advisory committees and through partnership at the local One Stops. Contributing organizations include:

      • Community Colleges
      • County Superintendents of Schools
      • County Welfare Departments
      • County Boards of Supervisors
      • County CEO's
      • EDD Field Offices
      • Chambers of Commerce
      • ROP Programs
      • Employer Advisory Groups
      • Local School Districts
      • Department of Rehabilitation
      • School-to-Career Programs
      • Local Economic Development Corporations
      • Programs providing Title V Programs under the Older American's Act
      • Local One Stop and Workforce Development planning groups

       III.   LABOR MARKET ANALYSIS

    1. What are the workforce investment needs of businesses, job-seekers and workers in the local area? [WIA, Section 118(b)(1)(A)]

      Needs of Job-Seekers: Job-seekers who are job-ready for a chosen occupation need information on jobs available in their field or in occupations requiring similar skills, in their local area as well as in an area they are able to commute to or willing to relocate to. Often job application or resume preparation assistance; interview skills training; and technological assistance with job search/labor market information websites, electronic job listings, and computers will be needed by job-ready individuals, to help them get the best job available for them. For those job-seekers who are not job-ready (i.e., not trained for an occupation and/or not having a good work ethic and job retention skills), basic skills training, work readiness training and SCANS (workplace know-how skills) training will be provided as needed; and vocational training, either short-term or long-term as appropriate, will be provided, based on individual assessments and demand for occupations for which training will be provided.

      Needs of Workers: Most incumbent workers have needs and a desire for improving their skills, employment, and compensation. Those who are in greater need to improve their skills and income, relative to their family responsibilities and income status of their household, will be given priority for assistance with training for upgrading their skills and income. Referrals by employers for skills upgrading for their employees will be considered when assurance of a post-training increase in wages is documented. Skill upgrading efforts initiated by workers shall be met by service providers with appropriate services or referrals, including efforts to arrange training around their work schedule.

      Needs of Businesses and Employers: The workforce investment needs of businesses and employers involve obtaining skilled workers to perform the service and/or production tasks of their business, and upgrading the skills of the workers they have, in order to increase the quantity and/or quality of their products or services. Employers try to keep up with technological change among their suppliers, controllers, competitors, and customers, to improve their production or service, and they often could use outside help to do this. More generally, most employers could use financial assistance for expansion, upgrading, etc. NoRTEC One Stops will be able to assist with the identification of specific job skill needs, screening and recruitment, applicant training and upgrading the skills of their workers, and identifying and obtaining other related economic benefits. The NoRTEC One Stop business resource centers can assist with everything from workshops and internet access and training, to Small Business Development to Workshops, to providing software, video and other library materials and even a Grant Resource center.

    2. How will the needs of employers be determined in your area? [State Planning Guidance IV.B.6. and WIA, Section 118 (b)(1)(A)]

      Employer needs will be determined through eight primary avenues:

      1. One Stop Job Developers will elicit a direct one-on-one feedback from local employers during routine on-site employer contacts.
      2. One Stop Job Developers, Case Managers and Participants will elicit direct employer feedback and combine this with information from standard reference texts for the identification of specific job skills needed for the development of the competency based participant training plan.
      3. The California Occupational Information Survey may be conducted annually for all consortium member counties.
      4. Direct employer contact with the One Stops for seminars, workshops, Job Fairs, job postings and employee recruitment.
      5. Coordination with local economic development efforts, particularly with the NoRTEC Community Coordinators, for both specific efforts and the annual update of the local workforce development plans.
      6. NoRTEC Community Coordinators working with and often staffing local Board of Supervisor appointed or approved employment/economic development planning and oversight groups.
      7. Regional planning through the Northern California Employment Network (NCEN), pulling together all the local plans into a regional planning and reference document.
      8. Direct employer input from the members of the NoRTEC WIB representing the local employer community.

    3. What are the current and projected employment opportunities in the local area? [WIA, Section 118(b)(1)(B)]

      (ANSWERED BELOW WITH SECTION D)

    4. What job skills are necessary to obtain such employment opportunities? [WIA, Section 118(b)(1)(C)]

      Example (non-inclusive) of COIS Identified Employment Opportunities and Skills Needed throughout the nine county NoRTEC area. For a more thorough, on-line look, try the California Career and Training Information System (CACTIS) at http://www.cactis.ca.gov

Employment Opportunities

Skills Needed

Carpenters

Shop math skills, ability to use drafting tools, ability to read blue prints, metal framing skills, cost estimating skills, finish carpentry skills, rough carpentry skills, drywall installation and repair skills

Child Care Workers

Patience with children, knowledge of early childhood development, public contact skills, oral reading skills, first aid certification, multi-cultural familiarity, feed, clean, change/dress, and oversee play of children

Construction Managers

Office management skills, report writing skills, civil engineering skills, ability to estimate costs and submit bids, personnel management skills, landscape site planning skills, understanding of construction terms, possession of a contractor's license, advanced math skills, basic computer skills

Dental Hygienists

Perform dental prophylactic treatments, measure gum line spacing, evaluate health of teeth and gums, instruct adults and children in care of teeth

Home Health Aides

Care for elderly, convalescent or disabled persons at their home, some housecleaning, food preparation, assistance with bathing and dressing, assist with medical and physical therapy, CPR and first aid certification

Human Service Workers

Listening skills, familiarity with service resources, ability to identify problems and provide service and make referrals as appropriate, record keeping, assist caseworkers win resolution of behavioral problems

Medical Assistants

Knowledge of medical terminology, ability to follow written and oral instructions, take vital signs, knowledge of medical insurance and billing systems, maintenance of supplies inventory, record keeping skills, ability to effectively deal with patients 

Physical Therapists

Graduation from an approved school of physical therapy, knowledge of geriatrics, knowledge of pediatrics, knowledge of sports medicine, knowledge of cardiac rehabilitation, ability to provide safe and effective provisions of therapy, problems solving skills, manual dexterity, possession of mechanical aptitude, writing skills, oral communication skills

Radiology Technicians

Ability to use x-ray CT scanner, and/or magnetic resonance image equipment, ability to develop film, knowledge of digital image transfer, ability to follow safety procedures, ability to take vital signs

Registered Nurse

Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of nursing, ability to assess need for medical are, oral and written communication skills, record keeping and math skills

Teachers, Special Education

Ability to teach elementary and secondary school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students, ability to read Braille, ability to understand sign language and lips, crisis intervention skills, classroom management skills

Waiters and Waitresss

Basic math and oral communication skills, ability to operate a cash register, customer service skills, ability to take orders from patrons and make out checks, ability to serve food and beverages to patrons at tables

       IV.   LEADERSHIP

    1. If an interim board was responsible for development of this plan, how will the plan and authority to oversee its implementation under, WIA Section 117(d)(4), be transferred to the new local workforce investment board?

      In the spring and early summer of 1999, the Board of Supervisors in each county in the consortium passed resolutions appointing the Private Industry Council as the interim WIB, pending NoRTEC Governing Board appointment. The Governing Board of NoRTEC formally appointed a Workforce Investment Board (WIB) on January 27, 2000.

    2. What circumstances constitute a conflict of interest for a local board member, including voting on any matter regarding provision of service by that member or the entity that s/he represents, and any matter that would provide a financial benefit to that member? [WIA, Section 117(g)(1)(2)]

      This is not a new issue for WIB members. Under JTPA, anytime a PIC member was asked to vote upon an issue that directly involved his/her agency (e.g., awarding of contracts), that member would abstain. These abstentions were recorded in the meeting minutes. This practice will continue with the WIB under WIA.

      In addition, WIB members will sign a Standards of Conduct Statement that guides them in the performance of their official responsibilities.

    3. How will the local board provide a leadership role in developing policy, implementing policy and oversight for the local workforce investment system? [WIA Section 117(d)(4)]

      The NoRTEC WIB will be involved in all areas of program planning, oversight, and evaluation. The WIB is involved in the oversight and policy development for the Workforce Investment Area's Welfare to Work Programs, the review and analysis of labor market information, and determining needs for employment, training and related services throughout the Workforce Investment Area. The WIB will also monitor WIA funded programs operating in the Workforce Investment Area, set guidelines for determining which clients can most benefit from services and recommend improvements in the mix of training and participant support services. The WIB will also solicit the participation of the local business communities in the provision of program services to residents as well as coordination of delivery systems.

    4. How will the local board assure the local system contributes to the achievement of the State's strategic goals? [WIA, Section 118(a)]

      NoRTEC's Private Industry Council, and now WIB, has been a forerunner in embracing the State's One Stop vision and workforce investment goals in general. NoRTEC's One Stops, Welfare to Work programs, inclusion of the economic development community into its program design, and commitment to partnering with the education community are consistent with the State's goals. The NoRTEC WIB is committed to making the systemic changes the State has prescribed and not just "reinventing" JTPA, but building upon prior JTPA accomplishments.

    5. How will the local board meet the WIA requirement that neither the local board nor its staff provide training services without a written waiver from the Governor? [WIA, Section 117 (f)(1)(A) and (B)]

      If the local board plans to provide training services, describe which services. If a waiver is to be sought, a request for Waiver of Training Prohibition must be submitted for each specific training program. (See Attachment - Policy and Procedure for Waiver of Training Prohibition.)


      All training services in NoRTEC will be delivered through contracts with independent program providers. All participant based training service funds will be passed through to these providers. There will be no training programs offered "in-house" by the WIB.

    6. How will the local board ensure that the public (including persons with disabilities) have access to board meetings and activities including local board membership, notification of meetings and meeting minutes? [WIA Section 117(e)]

      All board meetings and activities involving board membership will be publicized and publicly posted, including on the Internet on the NoRTEC web page at least seven days prior to the actual meeting date. Minutes of past WIB and PIC meetings and a roster of board membership are already available to the public at the Consortium office, via the Internet, at NoRTEC's One Stops, and at every board meeting. Meetings will be held only in buildings that are accessible to persons with disabilities.

        V.   LOCAL ONE STOP SERVICE DELIVERY SYSTEM

    1. Describe the One Stop delivery system in your local area. [WIA, Section 118(b)(2)]. Include a list of the comprehensive One Stop centers and the other service points in your area.

      The NoRTEC One Stop delivery system is a network of One Stop Employment Centers within which entities responsible for administering separate workforce investment, educational, and other human resource programs and funding streams (our One Stop partners) are collaborating to create a seamless system of service delivery designed to enhance access to the program's services and improve long-term employment outcomes for individuals receiving assistance. Information and assistance accessing the entire range of education, training and job-finding services, as well as employer services available within and outside the NoRTEC area, are provided to any interested person through the NoRTEC One Stop network, and customer friendly referrals are made for more specialized services available through other related locations.

      To the extent practicable, the partners at the local county level will determine One Stop operating policies and procedures. NoRTEC recognizes and supports the diversity among its member counties, and is committed to fostering meaningful local involvement in the One Stop delivery system. There is also the practical need imposed by the vast geographic area to delegate significant decision making authority to the local level. Within the boundaries of NoRTEC regional policy, the local partners are encouraged to determine what best works for them in the provision of programs and services through the local One Stops.

      NoRTEC's One Stop System includes the following One Stop Centers in the following locations:
       
      Butte County:  Chico Employment Center (Chico)
      Oroville Employment Center (Oroville)
      Del Norte County:  Rural Human Services (Crescent City)
      Lassen County:  Lassen Career Network (Susanville)
      Modoc County:  New Directions (Alturas)
      Plumas County:  Employment & Training Center (Quincy)
      Shasta County: Smart Community Employment Center (Redding)
      Smart Community Employment Center (Anderson)
      Smart Community Employment Center (Shasta Lake City)
      Smart Community Employment Center (Burney)
      Siskiyou County:  Workforce Connection (Weed)
      Workforce Connection (Yreka)
      Tehama County:  Corning Employment Center (Corning)
      Job Training Center of Tehama County (Red Blufff)
      Trinity County:  Job Link (Big Bar)
      Job Link (Burnt Ranch)
      Job Link (Hayfork)
      Job Link (Weaverville)

       

    2. Describe the process used for selecting the One Stop operator(s). [WIA, Section 121(d)(2)(A)] including the appeals process available to entities that were not selected as the One Stop operators. [Interim Final Rule § 667.600 (b)(1)]

      One Stop Operators: NoRTEC One Stop Operators were designated by the NoRTEC WIB and Governing Board (CEO) in accordance with Section 121(e) of the ACT, as the operators of a One Stop delivery system in place prior to August 7, 1998. This early implementation was accomplished with the financial assistance of the State. NoRTEC received $2,609,238 from the State for One Stop Career Center implementation for the period July 1, 1994, to September 30, 1996. On October 1, 1996, NoRTEC received a $901,610 grant from the State to compliment and further implement the One Stop delivery system in the seven member counties of NoRTEC. (The Butte PIC received a similar grant.) The following year, July 1, 1997, to June 30, 1998, NoRTEC received $951,331 to assist with electronic connectivity and other infrastructure needs for the provision of basic readjustment services through the then fully established NoRTEC One Stop delivery system. (The Butte PIC received a similar grant.) Effective August 1, 1998, the three SDAs of NoRTEC, NCCC and Butte received a State/DOL funded One Stop Implementation Grant to refine the thirteen county NCEN regional One Stop delivery system effort by adding regional Board and staff development and training, and a minimum 10 station technology lab to at least one One Stop in each of the 13 NCEN member counties.

      Appeal: Any individual or entity may file an appeal or complaint regarding any action taken by NoRTEC that the appellant believes to be in violation of the ACT. An informal resolution will be attempted and, if needed, a hearing will be completed within 60 days of the filing of the grievance or complaint. The procedure will be referred to the State if no decision is reached within 60 days, or the appellant is dissatisfied with the local hearing decision.

    3. Are each of the required WIA partners included in your One Stop delivery system? How have they contributed to your planning and implementation efforts? If any required partner is not involved, explain the reasons. [WIA, Section 117(a)(2)(A)]

      The State Department of Rehabilitation has decided not to participtate in the NoRTEC One Stop Delivery System. This situation is considered a "failed negotiation" by NoRTEC, as discussed in item V.S.3., below. All other required WIA partners that have a full time presence (20 hours a week or more) in one or more NoRTEC member counties are participants in the NoRTEC One Stop delivery system; either as members of the NoRTEC WIB, or as a partner in a local NoRTEC One Stop, or both. The only partners not officially included are those not providing a full time employment training program in a NoRTEC County: other training and employment programs authorized under Title I of WIA (Job Corps, Native American programs, and Migrant and Seasonal farm worker programs); and employment and training activities carried out by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The contribution of the partners is through Board decision making, MOU development, One Stop management and local planning groups.

    4. How will services provided by each of the One Stop partners be coordinated and made available in the local One Stop system? [WIA, Section 121(c)(2)]

      Each of the NoRTEC member counties is expected to maintain at least one fully functioning One Stop, with staff from all mandatory partners co-located on the premises. The partners agree to their individual and collective roles and responsibilities through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed by each partner and the NoRTEC WIB and Governing Board (CEO). The One Stop Operators are responsible for pulling local One Stop MOUs together and for assisting with the continued development and improvement of the One Stop service delivery system in their area through management teams, partner developed One Stop Policies, including referral procedures among the partners, customer satisfaction feedback, etc. Coordination among the One Stops in the multiple counties of NoRTEC is provided through NoRTEC WIB and Governing Board planning, policy and oversight, regional One Stop operator meetings, regional training and workshops, and routine electronic communication, including e-mail and both the local One Stop and the regional internet sites provided by NoRTEC and NCEN.

    5. What is your plan for delivery of core and intensive services? [WIA Section 117(f)(2)]

      The core and intensive services identified in the ACT will be delivered at the One Stops in each of the nine member counties. Details of the One Stop service delivery plans for each NoRTEC member county are contained in the local One Stop MOU sections of the NoRTEC MOU.

    6. What is your plan for administering Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) as defined in WIA, Section 134(d)(4)(G), including any limitations you plan to impose on ITAs established in your local area.

      The ITAs will be administered at the local One Stops. The dollar amount of the ITA will vary by individual need. The determination of need will be made by the case manager, consistent with WIA regulations and the local case management process.

    7. Describe how WIA funds will be used to leverage other federal State, local and private resources. How will these coordinated and leveraged resources lead to a more effective local system that expands the involvement of business, employers and individuals? [State Planning Guidance IV.B.3. and WIA, Section 112(b)(10) and Section 121(c)(2)(A)(ii)]

      The NoRTEC goals to provide a more effective, integrated service delivery system, and the means to achieve this, are discussed above in Section II.B., Local Goals and Vision. Expanding involvement of business, employers, and individuals will be realized by (1) promoting membership of employers, participants and others on the WIB; (2) obtaining input from employers and business people through their participation in work experience, on-the-job training, internships and other skills training programs; (3) utilizing the expertise of employers, business people and other members of the community by involving them in Job Clubs, pre-employment workshops, industry tours, job shadowing, mentoring, customized training, development of job skills competencies, and other activities and (4) by developing a customer satisfaction measuring system that encourages input from all customers and provides information that leads to positive systemic change.

    8. Describe how the local system will meet the needs of dislocated workers; displaced homemakers; low-income individuals such as migrant and seasonal farm workers; public assistance recipients; women; minorities; individuals training for non-traditional employment; veterans; individuals with multiple barriers to employment; older individuals; people with limited English speaking ability; and people with disabilities. [State Planning Guidance IV.B.4. and WIA, Section 112(b)(17) and Section 118(b)(4)]

      The program operators have many years of experience meeting the needs of the above target groups under JTPA through the One Stop Career Centers that have been functioning in our nine county area for the past five years. These customers will be first be offered core services at the One Stops. If the customers are still unable to obtain employment, intensive and training services will, to the extent practicable, be tailored to fit each participant's need (participant's needs will be determined through objective assessment and a service strategy will be developed for each individual).

    9. When allocated adult funds are limited, what criteria will you use in determining priority of service to ensure recipients of public assistance and other low-income individuals for intensive and training services? [WIA, Sections 134(d)(4)(E), 118(b)(4), State Planning Guidelines IV B 5]

      If it is determined that more than core services are needed for an individual, an objective assessment will be performed to determine the intensive and training needs of the participant. The program operators in NoRTEC will utilize a first come, first served policy to those individuals whose assessment indicates that additional services are needed. At any time during this process, the program operator runs up against limited funds public assistance and low income individuals that have been determined most in need and most able to benefit from such services, will be given priority.

    10. How will the local system ensure non-discrimination and equal opportunity, as well as compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act? [WIA Section 188(a)(2), State Planning Guidance IV B.4.]

      Non-discrimination and equal opportunity provisions, as well as compliance with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act will continue to be integrated throughout the local system as follows:

      1. The designation of an Equal Opportunity Officer who will perform the EO duties for the local workforce investment area.
      2. The local system will include the communication of the EO policy to ensure that appropriate recipient staff is trained to carry out their responsibilities.
      3. All contracts, plans, and agreements will be reviewed for EO provisions and include a non-discrimination assurance.
      4. Local demographic information will be used to make every effort to provide equitable service to substantial segments of the population.
      5. Contractual requirements and on-site monitoring will ensure program and site access to individuals with disabilities.
      6. Appropriate data for examining discrimination will be collected and maintained.
      7. Recipients will be periodically monitored for compliance with non-discrimination and equal opportunity provisions of WIA.
      8. Local policies and procedures for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging violations of WIA non-discrimination/EO provisions will be adopted and published by the EO officer. Copies of this information will be distributed to participants, as appropriate.
      9. There will be established procedures for obtaining prompt corrective action when noncompliance is found.

    11. Describe how employer services (e.g., systems to determine general job requirements and the job listings, including Wagner-Peyser Act services) will be delivered through the One-Stop system in your area? [State Planning Guidance IV B.6.]

      Job Services (JS) staff are co-located in the One Stop Centers in NoRTEC. JS staff will work in concert with other One Stop staff to provide core services to the universal population and work with employers to meet their workforce needs. Internet access for customers, as well as access to the Cal Jobs system will also be available in the Centers.

    12. What reemployment services will you provide to Worker Profiling and Reemployment Service claimants in accordance with Section 3(c)(e) of the Wagner-Peyser Act? [State Planning Guidance I B.7. and WIA, Section 121(b)(1)(B)(ii)]

      Applicants profiled by Job Service will be served through One Stop Centers in the nine NoRTEC Counties. All profiled individuals referred will have access to the full array of core, intensive, and training services that are available to other individuals seeking service through the Centers.

    13. How will you ensure that veterans receive priority in the local One Stop system for Wagner-Peyser funded labor exchange services? [State Planning Guidance IV.B.9. and WIA, Section 121(b)(1)(B)(ii)]

      The co-location of Job Service staff at the One Stop Centers throughout NoRTEC will ensure that veterans receive priority labor exchange services.

    14. What role will Local Veterans Employment Representative/Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Services (LVER/DVOPS) have in the local One Stop system? How will you ensure adherence to the legislative requirements for veterans' staff? [State Planning Guidance IV.B.10., 322, 38 USC Chapter 41 and 20 CFR Part 1001-120]

      EDD Job Service staff are already co-located at the established One Stop Career Center systems throughout NoRTEC. EDD will, to the extent practicable, integrate LVER and DVOP staff into One Stop systems. This will ensure the available of appropriately coordinated intensive and training services to veterans.

    15. How will you provide Wagner-Peyser Act-funded services to the agricultural community—specifically, outreach, assessment and other services to migrant and seasonal farm workers, and services to employers? How will you provide appropriate services to this population in the One Stop system? [State Planning Guidance IV B.11.]

      Wagner-Peyser Act funded services will be provided to these populations through the co-location of Job Service representatives at the One Stops Career Centers. One Stop Operators will also partner with other farm-worker programs available in their areas that provide services and training to this target group.

    16. How will the local board coordinate workforce investment activities carried out in the local area with the statewide rapid response activities? [(WIA, Section 118(b)(5)]

      Local Community Coordinators positioned in each of the nine NoRTEC member will continue to coordinate rapid response activities to meet the needs of dislocated workers. For their more general responsibilities and efforts with respect to the regional and industry wide downturns, the Community Coordinators submit monthly reports to the NoRTEC WIB and Governing Board. These reports are posted on the Internet at the NoRTEC and NCEN Web sites ( http://www.ncen.org, and http://www.nortec.org ). For specific plant closures and natural disasters, an on-site response is effected with the local One Stop Operator and EDD partner, and services are planned, funding is sought and services are delivered to meet the needs identified for that particular closure.

    17. What rapid response assistance will be available to dislocated workers and employers and who will provide them? [WIA, Section 118(b)(4)(5), State Planning Guidance IV B.13.c.]

      One Stops, through their Community Coordinators and the establishment of local "Labor Management Committees", will provide rapid response assistance to dislocated workers and employers.

      Rapid response assistance will include on-site contact with the employer, needs assessment of the workers, provision of information regarding the reemployment prospects of the workers both locally and in other labor market areas, provision of information on the available resources to meet the workers short and long-term assistance needs (including those provided through the One Stops), and any other services that are needed and allowable under the ACT.

    18. Describe and assess the adult and dislocated worker employment and training services that will be available in your local area. [WIA, Section 118 (b)(4)(5)]

      NoRTEC's One Stops have a "Work First" philosophy. The first goal of the One Stops is to assist job seekers by providing a quick turnaround from initial application to job placement. Core and intensive services are designed to promote this philosophy. These services include the provision of easily accessible employment and related information, with staff assistance as needed, including job clubs, resume writing, labor market information, etc.

      NoRTEC One Stops also have a "Business First" philosophy. The second goal is to assist local business with job retention and expansion efforts. To the extent practicable, the One Stop training programs are designed to promote this philosophy.

      From the job seeker's point of view, those adults and dislocated workers that have received core and intensive services, and are still unable to obtain unsubsidized employment, appropriate to their individual circumstances, may be provided with training services.

      These customers will have completed an assessment process that evaluates their skills, aptitudes, and abilities, and develops a service strategy based on their needs and circumstances. The service strategy will contain one or more of the following training options:

      Occupational skills training offered through a variety of worksite activities, including but not limited to, on-the-job training, work experience, occupationally related classroom-based activities, customized training conducted with a commitment by an employer or group of employers to employ an individual upon successful completion of the training (may be provided on-site or in a classroom setting), and entrepreneurial training.

      For those customers whose service strategy indicates the need, job readiness training will also be provided in a classroom or workplace setting.

      Training programs operated through the private/public sector will also be available, but these options are anticipated to be very limited in the local area. More likely, NoRTEC One Stops will be providing a variety of in-house training to assure the needs of the customers--employers as well as job seekers--are being met.

      Basic skills, ESL, GED prep and other adult education activities will also be available in combination with one or more of the above listed training activities.

    19. MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU):

      WIA requires that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the local board and each of the One Stop partners concerning the operation of the One Stop delivery system be executed. As referenced on page 6, a copy of each MOU must be included with the plan. [WIA Section 118(b)(2)(B)]

      The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) may be developed as a single umbrella document, or as singular agreements between the partners and the board. The MOUs should present in concrete terms, member contributions and the mutual methodologies used in overseeing the operations of the One Stop career center system.

      1. The MOU must describe: [WIA, Section 121(c)(1)(2)(A)(B)]

        1. What services will be provided through the One Stop system.
        2. How the costs of services and operating costs will be funded, including cost-sharing strategies or methodologies.
        3. What methods will be used for referral of individuals between the One Stop operator and partners.
        4. How long the MOU will be in effect.
        5. What procedures have been developed for amending the MOU.
        6. Other provisions consistent or as deemed necessary by the local board.

        The NoRTEC MOU is in full compliance with the ACT. It consists of two primary sections; an umbrella agreement applicable to the overall NoRTEC One Stop delivery, and an addendum for each One Stop location. NoRTEC covers nine counties (independent political jurisdictions) and numerous One Stop Employment Centers established before the enactment of the WIA. Some WIA mandated partners are located in some of the NoRTEC counties, but not in the others. For practical reasons, the umbrella portion of the MOU will cover the general features of the NoRTEC One Stop delivery system, and the addendum provides specificity regarding local partners, referral agreements, services, etc.

        In addition to the required partners noted in the ACT, NoRTEC has added the requirement to include the local county TANF and CalWORKs provider as a local One Stop partner. For practical reasons, as it applies to each local One Stop partnership MOU, NoRTEC has further defined required partners as those that provide full time staff coverage (a minimum of 20 hours a week or more), in a local program of training and employment services that is physically located within a NoRTEC member county, and is the grant recipient, administrative entity or organization responsible for the funds of the specified program in the local area (not the service providers that contract with or are sub recipients of the local administrative entity).


        NoRTEC One Stop Required Partners

        • Programs authorized under Title I of WIA (Adult, Youth, Dislocated Workers)
        • Programs authorized under the Wagner-Peyser Act (EDD-Employment Service)
        • Adult Education and Literacy authorized under Title II
        • Programs authorized under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
        • Programs authorized under section 403(a)(5) of the Social Security Act
        • Activities authorized under Title V of the Older Americans Act of 1965
        • Postsecondary vocational education activities authorized under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act
        • Activities authorized under Chapter 2 of Title II of the Trade Act of 1974 (NAFTA-TAA)
        • Activities authorized under Chapter 41 of Title 38, United States Code
        • Employment and training activities carried out under the Community Services Block Grant Act
        • Employment and training activities carried out by the Department of Housing and Urban Development
        • Programs authorized under State unemployment compensation laws (in accordance with applicable Federal law)
        • The local county department or entity providing TANF and CalWORKs programs for that county.

      2. Identify those entities with which you are in the process of executing an MOU. Describe the status of these negotiations.  [Interim Final Rule §662.310(b)]

        MOU negotiations are in progress with the County TANF/CalWORKs providers, EDD (Employment Service, UI, Trade Adjustment Assistance, NAFTA, and Veterans), Adult Education and Literacy, Carl Perkins, and Title V for Butte and Del Norte Counties, Adult Education and Literacy, and Carl Perkins for Tehama County, and Carl Perkins for Lassen County. Fully executed local MOUs are believed to be forthcoming, awaiting only formal approval. All other partners in the other NoRTEC Counties, with the exception of the Department of Rehabilitation, have signed local MOUs.

      3. What process will the local board use to document negotiations with One Stop partners who fail to participate or sign an MOU? How will you inform the state board when negotiations have failed? [Interim Final Rule §662.310(b)]

        This plan document will serve as notice to the State WIB that NoRTEC has a failed negotiation with the State Department of Rehabilitation (Rehab). The negotiations failed at the local level (i.e., within each NoRTEC member county) with the local Rehab representatives, and at the NoRTEC level with the Department of Rehabilitation District Manager, Don Reaksecker. Apparently, Rehab does not want to be a partner in the State, regional and local area One Stop Delivery System. There are no expectations of further negotiations at the NoRTEC level. This issue must be resolved at the State level. In the future, and for all other "mandatory" partners, contact records and meeting minutes are routinely kept and will provide the necessary documentation of the attempted negotiations.

       VI.   YOUTH ACTIVITIES

    1. Describe your local area's efforts to construct a youth council, and what the role(s) of the Youth Council will be. [WIA, Section 117 (h)(1)(2)(3)(4)]

      NoRTEC is constructing a Youth Council unique to the needs and resources of the nine county NoRTEC area. Specifically, each member county already has a fully functioning group, appointed or recognized by the local Board of Supervisors to provide local economic and manpower development planning and oversight, with a particular focus on the development and continuous improvement of the One Stop delivery system. It was the decision of the NoRTEC WIB and Governing Board (CEO) to recognize and utilize these local entities as a subgroup to the NoRTEC WIB, to provide the necessary and desired functions of the Youth Council, to include:

      • Recommending eligible providers of youth activities, to be awarded grants or contracts on a competitive basis by the WIB to carry out the WIA funded youth activities.
      • Assisting with oversight with respect to the eligible providers of youth activities in each local area.
      • Helping to coordinate youth activities in the local area.
      • Performing other duties as determined by agreement of the NoRTEC Governing Board (CEO) and the WIB.

      It is the intention of NoRTEC that the local groups forming the NoRTEC Youth Council, when taken as a whole, will have a membership of current WIB members with special interest or expertise in youth policy from the business (private sector) and/or education sector, representatives ofyouth service agencies, including juvenile justice and local law enforcement agencies, representatives of local public housing authorities, parents of eligible youth seeking assistance under the WIA program, individuals, including former participants, and representatives of organizations, that have experience relating to youth activities; and representatives of the Job Corps, as appropriate.

    2. How will youth services be connected with your One Stop delivery system? [Interim Final Rule § 664.700]

      All youth providers in NoRTEC will be required to be an active partner in the One Stop Career Center in their respective counties. An "active" partner is defined as an entity with staff physically located, full-time, in one or more of the One Stop Career Centers in the geographic area that the Service Provider is responsible for. The active partner will also have to be a signatory party to the One Stop Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

    3. Describe how coordination with Job Corps, Youth Opportunity Grants, and other youth programs in your local area will occur, e.g. School-to-Career. [WIA Section 112(b)(18)(C) and 117(h)(2)(vi), State Planning Guidance, IV B. 14.]

      There is not a Job Corp Center located in any of the nine counties in our consortium. One Stop Career Centers and youth Service Providers have information on these programs, however, and this option is explored with youth during their objective assessment and career development process. Assistance with enrollment into the Job Corp program is available from Career Center or Youth Service Provider staff, if needed.

      There are no Youth Opportunity Grants funded in any of NoRTEC at this time. Appropriate coordination/cooperation will take place if a program is funded in the consortium during the five year period covered by this plan.

    4. Describe your area's eligible youth population and needs in general. Describe and assess the type and availability of youth activities in the local area. Include an identification of successful providers of such activities. [WIA, sections 118(b)(6)]

      NoRTEC's eligible youth population includes a youth, who is not less than 14, but not more than 21, is low income, and who is one or more of the following:

      deficient in basic literacy skills;
      a school dropout;
      homeless, runaway, or foster child;
      pregnant or a parent;
      an offender; or
      requires additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment.

      The youth populations in the nine county area in NoRTEC need programs that provide career exploration, paid work activities, and intensive case management. They need a program that can provide, through a mix of services, a way to gain occupational and work place know how skills, obtain high school diplomas (or their equivalent), enhance their basic skills, and establish a plan to find and maintain meaningful employment.

      NoRTEC's Service Providers currently offer programs throughout the consortium that provide youth services that cover the full range of activities listed in WIA, Section 129(c)(2) (see Section F below for a list of the ten program elements).

      Work experience and internship programs that have been "academically enriched" are combined with other elements to provide an experience for youth that incorporates occupational skills, basic education skills, life skills (including leadership development opportunities), dropout prevention strategies, comprehensive guidance and counseling (including career exploration), mentoring and job shadowing opportunities, supportive services, and follow-up services.

      NoRTEC's current youth service providers, in cooperation and coordination with school districts and other local youth oriented programs have been successful in providing these activities to youth throughout the consortium. The success of these programs over the past several years is verified by the fact that NoRTEC has exceeded all JTPA core youth performance standards since our inception in 1983.

    5. What is your local area's strategy for providing comprehensive services to eligible in-school and out-of-school youth, including any coordination with foster care, education, welfare and other relevant resources? Include any local requirements and activities to assist youth who have special needs or barriers to employment, including those who are pregnant, parenting, or have disabilities. [WIA Section 112(b)(18)(A), Interim Final Rule §664.400, State Planning Guidance, IV B. 14]

      The strategy for providing comprehensive services to eligible youth has already been discussed under Sections D and F.

      NoRTEC has been providing services to youth with special needs and barriers to employment since the 1992 amendments to JTPA. Linkages are already in place with local foster care agencies (including group homes), school systems (including SARB boards), community colleges, probation departments, and local welfare departments.

    6. Describe how your local area will meet the Act's provisions regarding the required youth program design elements: [WIA, Section 129(c)(2)(A) through (J)]

      The ten youth program design elements are as follows: (1) tutoring, study skills training, and instruction, leading to completion of secondary school, including dropout prevention strategies; (2) alternative secondary school services; (3) summer employment opportunities that are directly linked to academic and occupational learning; (4) paid and unpaid work experience, including internships and job shadowing; (5) occupational skill training; (6) leadership development opportunities, which may include community service and peer-centered activities encouraging responsibility and other positive social behaviors during non-school hours; (7) supportive services; (8) adult mentoring for the period of participation and a subsequent period, for a total of not less than 12 months; (9) follow-up services for not less than 12 months after the completion of participation, as appropriate; and (10) comprehensive guidance and counseling, which may include drug and alcohol abuse counseling and referral, as appropriate.

      Since the JTPA amendments of 1992, NoRTEC's youth programs have contained all of the above program elements, with the exception of 12 months of mandated follow-up services (up to twelve months were offered, if necessary and practicable, but the full twelve were not required) and an adult mentoring component (available only in some areas in the consortium). Developing programs that contain the ten elements is one of the main criteria in the selection of the youth service providers in the current RFP (request for proposal) for youth services in NoRTEC. Service Providers that do not propose to provide the ten elements will not be considered for selection.

      VII.   ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS

    1. What competitive process will be used to award grants and contracts for youth services in your local area? [WIA Section 118 (b)(9), 112(b)(18)(B) and Section 123]

      A competitive procurement and request for proposal process has been used to select eligible youth providers, including consideration of recommendations and comments from the youth council and the criteria contained in the state plan.

    2. What competitive and non-competitive processes will be used at the local level to award grants and contracts for activities under Title I of WIA, including how potential bidders are being made aware of the availability of grants and contracts? [WIA, Section 118(b)(9)]

      For WIA Title I programs serving youth, the following process was followed:

      • Publish announcement/solicitation of bidders for Youth Program RFP in local newspapers in each NoRTEC member county. Publish RFP on NoRTEC and NCEN Internet sites.
      • Include detailed description of program and service delivery expectations.
      • Include all significant evaluation or rating factors and the relative importance of each.
      • Require Youth Council review and comment on each proposal.
      • Negotiate with any or all proposers determined through the rating process to be responsive and advantageous to the program, and notify unsuccessful proposers with an invitation to file a grievance or complaint.

      A non-competitive process was utilized in those instances when only one proposal was received for the local area.

      For WIA Title I Adult and Dislocated Worker programs, NoRTEC has designated the One Stop Operators that have been providing these programs and services for the past number of years, and were designated by the NoRTEC WIB and Governing Board (CEO), in accordance with Section 121(e) of the ACT, as the operators of a One Stop delivery system in place prior to August 7,1998. (See item V.B. above for more information relating to the designation of the One Stop Operators.)

    3. What entity will serve as the local grant recipient and be responsible for disbursing grant funds as determined by the Chief Elected Official? [WIA Section 117(d)(3)(B)(i)(I)(II)(III) and 118(b)(8)]

      The Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium (NoRTEC) will act as grant recipient, fiscal agent and administrative entity for the nine county workforce investment area. NoRTEC may negotiate with, apply for, contract for and receive monies from federal, state, county, city and special district governments and other public and private entities and agencies to carry out its purpose, and shall disburse and account for funds so received.

    4. What criteria will the local board use in awarding grants for youth activities, including criteria used by the Governor and local boards to identify effective and ineffective youth activities and providers? [WIA Section 112(b)(18)(B), State Planning Guidance III B.1.f.]

      The following criteria will be used in awarding grants for youth activities:

      • Capacity to conduct skills and needs assessments and interpret these results to develop individual service strategies
      • Ability to provide follow-up services for 12 months
      • Coordination and cooperation with local educational programs within program design
      • Past performance working with WIA youth target populations
      • Past performance operating education, training, and employment programs for youth
      • Financial resources of the organization
      • Demonstration of sound fiscal responsibility
      • Cooperation and coordination with other youth programs in the local areas, intermediary organizations linked to the job market and employers, and employers themselves
      • Program design that incorporates the ten program elements outlined in Section 129(c) of the Workforce Investment Act
      • Connection with the local One Stop Career Center
      • Locations that comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act

      Effective and Ineffective service providers will be identified by the following criteria:

      • Ability to meet performance levels negotiated with NoRTEC
      • Ability to include parents in determining customer satisfaction with services for 14-18 year old youths
      • Ability to involve family members in determining service needs
      • Ability to provide appropriate outreach services to dropouts and out-of-school youth
      • Ability to provide successful adult mentoring programs for youth
      • Ability to provide appropriate case management to ensure success of youth and track program outcomes
      • Ability to provide appropriate guidance and counseling
      • Ability to provide accommodations for special-needs populations
      • Ability to assist youth to obtain the skills they need to become self-sufficient
      • Ability to maintain fiscal responsibility and provide youth services at a reasonable cost

    5. What is your local areas definition regarding the sixth youth eligibility criterion, ("an individual who requires additional assistance to complete an educational program, or to secure and hold employment"). [WIA Section 101(13)(C)(vi)]


      Requires additional assistance to complete an educational program shall be defined as an individual (a) who is attending an alternative school/education program; or (b) who is credit deficient; or (c) whose educational achievement is below expected levels; or (d) who has past or current attendance and/or discipline problems; or (e) who has unstable living conditions; or (f) who is on academic probation.

      Requires additional assistance to secure and hold employment shall be defined as an individual who (a) has never held a job; or (b) has been fired from a job within the 12 months prior to application; or (c) has never held a full-time job (30+ hours per week) for more than 13 consecutive weeks.

    6. What process will be used to allow public review and comment for specific peformance outcomes and measures when these have been negotiated?

      The performance measures and outcomes will be routine NoRTEC WIB/GB agenda items (as they are now), and will be posted on the publicly accessible NoRTEC and NCEN Web sites with on-line public comment encouraged.

   VIII.   ASSURANCES

    1. The Local Workforce Investment Board and its staff assure that it will establish, in accordance with section 184 of the Workforce Investment Act, fiscal control and fund accounting procedures necessary to ensure the proper disbursement of, and accounting for, funds provided to the Local Workforce Investment Board through the allotments made under sections 127 and 132. [WIA, Section 112(b)(11)]

    2. The Local Workforce Investment Board assures that it will comply with WIA, Section 184(a)(6), which requires the Governor to, every two years, certify to the Secretary that it has:

      1. Implemented the uniform administrative requirements referred to in WIA, Section 184(a)(3);
      2. Annually monitored local areas to ensure compliance with the uniform administrative requirements as required under WIA, Section 184(a)(4); and
      3. Taken appropriate action to secure compliance pursuant to WIA, Section 184(a)(5).

    3. The Local Workforce Investment Board assures that compliance with the confidentiality requirements of WIA, Section 136(f)(3).

    4. The Local Workforce Investment Board assures that no funds received under the Workforce Investment Act will be used to assist, promote, or deter union organizing. [WIA, Section 181(b)(7)]

    5. The Local Workforce Investment Board assures that the board will comply with the nondiscrimination provisions of WIA, Section 188, including an assurance that Methods of Administration have been developed and implemented.

    6. The Local Workforce Investment Board assures that the board will collect and maintain data necessary to show compliance with the nondiscrimination provisions of WIA, Section 188.

    7. The Local Workforce Investment Board assures that there will be compliance with grant procedures of WIA, Section 189(c).

    8. The Local Workforce Investment Board certifies that veterans' services provided with Wagner-Peyser Act funds will be in compliance with 38 U.S.C. Chapter 41 and 20 CFR part 1001.

    9. The Local Workforce Investment Board certifies that Wagner-Peyser Act-funded labor exchange activities will be provided by merit-based public employees. [State Planning Guidance VI. 13.]

    10. The Local Workforce Investment Board assures that it will comply with the current regulations, 20 CFR part 651.111, to develop and submit affirmative action plans for migrant and seasonal farm worker Significant Offices in the local workforce area which are determined by the Department of Labor, to be in the highest 20% of MSFW activity nationally.

    11. The Local Workforce Investment Board has developed this Plan in consultation with local elected officials, local workforce boards, the business community, labor organizations and other partners. [WIA Section 118(a)]

    12. The Local Workforce Investment Board assures that it will comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 USC 794) and the American's with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 USC 12101 et seq).

    13. The Local Workforce Investment Board assures that funds will be spent in accordance with the Workforce Investment Act, written Department of Labor guidance, and other applicable Federal and State laws and regulations.

    14. The Local Workforce Investment Board assures that veterans workforce investment programs funded under WIA, Section 168 will be carried out in accordance with that Section.

    15. The Local Workforce Investment Board assures it will comply with future State Workforce Investment Board policies and guidelines, legislative mandates, or other special provisions as may be required under Federal law or policy, including the Workforce Investment Act or State Legislation.

     IX.   PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION DESIGNEE AND PLAN SIGNATURES
......... This plan represents the Northern Rural Training & Employment Consortium's (NoRTEC's) Workforce Investment Board's efforts to maximize and coordinate resources available under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998.
  This plan is submitted for the period of July 1, 2000, through June 30, 2005, in accordance with the provisions of the Workforce Investment Act.

 
  Workforce Investment Board   Governing Board (Chief Elected Official)
 

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  Judith E. Madden, Chair   Jack Reese, Chair
  March 24, 2000   March 24, 2000