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Workforce Investment Act Native American Program: ETA Announces Pilot Study on Credential, Degree and Certificate Attainment
Sep 9, 2013

The Employment and Training Administration has published Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 5-13.

This TEGL advises WIA Section 166 Indian and Native American (INA) grantees of a pilot study on credentials received by participants of the Native American Employment and Training program and to provide guidance on how to define a credential.

The pilot study will be for one year, from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. All grantees will be included in the pilot study, however, no additional information will be required from grantees as the data will be obtained from the Standard Participant Information Record (SPIR) file that grantees already submit every quarter.

Upon completion of the study, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) – in consultation with the Secretary of Labor’s (Secretary) Native American Employment and Training Council (NAETC) – will establish a “credential goal” for the Native American, Section 166 program. The purpose of the credential goal will be to promote increases in training that lead to the attainment of industry recognized credentials and employment. The credential goal will be in addition to the existing three performance measures for the Native American program (entered employment, employment retention and average earnings).