Full course description
Pre-Recorded Webinar: This session addresses the importance of program alignment in American Job Centers, the guidance for this in WIOA and how the process in American Job Center Certification can strengthen programmatic access for individuals the workforce system serves. The importance in the use of expertise available through the diverse partnership that makes up the AJC, and the value of staff training across all AJC programs is also discussed. Successful approaches by collaborative systems in other states will be shared.
Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe the responsibility of programs operating with the American Job Center system with regard to programmatic accessibility, as addressed in Section 188 of WIOA, and with regard to the process of certifying American Job Centers.
- Recognize opportunities made available within this responsibility to strengthen program partnerships in service delivery.
- Discuss the value of this focus in increasing the range for workforce system service expertise that is available to job seekers with disabilities.
Presenter: Laura Gleneck, Co-Presenter: Brian Ingram
Laura Gleneck is NDI’s Division Director, Employment Projects. In her role as Division Director, Laura serves as the lead director of employment project staff. Laura also serves as the co-Project Director for the ODEP-funded WIOA Policy Development Center/LEAD. For the past nineteen years, she has served as the Project Manager for Training and Technical Assistance activities to help states implement U.S. Department of Labor funded Work Incentive Grants, then the Disability Program Navigator (DPN) initiative and currently serves in this role under the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). Laura serves as the lead coordinator/supervisor of the key technical assistance staff focused on supporting disability and workforce state grantees, manages material development, coordinates all training and technical assistance directing capacity building efforts on WIOA from a disability perspective, and works closely with the national DOL Program Office.
Brian Ingram is NDI’s Training and Technical Assistance Manager. Brian is a nationally recognized SME on the Integrated Resource Team approach and working with partners in and outside of the public workforce system. He has over 25 years professional experience in the fields of disability and employment, focusing on issues of access to Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) services for customers with disabilities and other challenges to employment, with both Departments of Labor and Education funded services and projects at local, regional, state and national levels. Brian served as both a Navigator and DPN Project Lead under the Oregon DPN project. He has strong TA experience with Career Pathways and Programmatic Access.