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Incumbent Worker Demonstration Grants (SGA/DAA 99-002)


U. S. Department of Labor

Office of Public Affairs

Washington, D.C.

Employment and Training Administration

CONTACT: Peter Hamm
OFFICE: 202/219-6871

Tuesday, June 22, 1999


The U.S. Department of Labor is giving 12 states more than $11.2 million to upgrade the skills of workers employed in low-skill jobs or who have obsolete job skills. The demonstration projects were selected to show the benefits of life long learning.

"America's competitiveness and the prosperity of our people in today's changing economy depends increasingly on high-skill, high-wage jobs," Vice President Al Gore said. "Realizing our potential requires investing in education and learning for all of our workers throughout their lifetimes. These funds will help workers invest in themselves, turning the skills they learn today into the opportunities of tomorrow."

"These grants are for 'incumbent workers', workers who are in jobs but ready to move up," Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman said. "This training will help them manage the change as their careers develop."

The grants will support projects that further job retention, career development for employed workers and especially those workers most vulnerable to job loss, helping companies increase their ability to access and retain skilled workers and increase understanding of incumbent worker training by employers.

The new Workforce Investment Act authorizes governors to use a portion of their federal job training funds to increase the skills of workers who are already in promising careers. These grants will help provide models for what works at the local level that will be helpful to all the states as they make their transition to the Workforce Investment Act between now and July of 2000.


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June 1999

Grants for Training for Large Employers

1. The Boston Private Industry Council
Boston, Massachusetts

     Nancy Snyder - (617) 423-3755
A partnership of the Boston PIC, the Massachusetts Extended Care Federation, Benjamin Health Care, Partners HealthCare System, Inc. (which includes Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's Hospital), Bunker Hill Community College, Roxbury Community College, Quincy College, SEIU 285, and the Mayor's Office of Jobs and Community Services will establish a framework for upgrading the skills of entry-level workers in long-term care and acute care institutions in Boston. They will develop system-wide capacity that raises basic skills levels and facilitates enrollment into college-level coursework and advanced certification programs. Training will include English as a Second Language, GED preparation, literacy, math and science courses, as well as advanced occupation specific skills training.  

2. City of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky

     Pamela O. Anderson - (502) 574-2500


The Private Industry Council of Louisville/Jefferson County will establish a community-wide incumbent worker training system in the healthcare industry, particularly in inpatient hospitals and long-term care facilities. Partners include the three largest hospital/healthcare systems in the Louisville metropolitan area (University of Louisville, Jewish Hospital Healthcare Services, and Norton Healthcare), Greater Louisville, Inc. Chamber of Commerce, Louisville Medical Center Development Corporation, Jefferson Community College and Jefferson Technical College, and Career Resources, Inc. Project Advance will target entry-level individuals employed in the health care industry as dietary, housekeeping, nursing assistants and patient care aides to increase job retention and stimulate career advancement.  

3. Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education
Denver, Colorado

     Dr. Rick Voorhees - (303) 620-4000


Twelve colleges will provide incumbent worker training services and create state-level college training support systems which will enhance local company/employees services. Training will encompass basic skills enhancement; technical skills; and general workplace skills. Some companies will operate within collaborative consortiums, sharing curriculum and training strategies. A Training Solutions Center will create, modify, store and deliver-on-demand training modules. The curriculum library and design center will offer customized training materials, advanced delivery system solutions, and train-the-trainer opportunities.  

4. Community Services of Central MD, Inc.
Baltimore, Maryland

     Laura Chenven - (410) 332-1199 Ext. 102


A coalition of labor, hospital management and government will implement the Baltimore Regional Healthcare Training Partnership to develop training that will be mutually recognized by all participating hospitals. The training model will address basic skills as well as occupational training, including a core curriculum and customized modules to address the particular needs of each institution. Through coordination with new worker training provided through the region's One Stop Centers, the Partnership will be better able to develop cost effective training and avoid duplication of services.  

5. Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc.
Pascagoula, Mississippi

     Dr. Larry Crane - (228) 935-5102


The Gulf Coast Shipbuilding Partnership, a consortium of shipbuilders, unions, and workforce development providers, will address the workforce needs of incumbent workers who are engaged in hull fabrication, particularly journey level workers. Training will focus on shipfitters, welders, burners and chippers. The consortium includes Ingalls Shipbuilding, Halter Marine Group and Friede Goldman International, the Pascagoula Metal Trades Council (AFL-CIO), IAM CARES (the human resources arm of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers), Gulf Coast Business Services Corporation, the Mississippi Employment Security Commission, and Gulf Coast Community College.  

Grants for Training for Small and Medium-Sized Employers
6. Western Wisconsin Private Industry Council, Inc.
LaCrosse, Wisconsin

     Beth Sullivan - (608) 789-5610
This is a collaborative effort of partners of Western Wisconsin Job Centers - the Western Wisconsin PIC, Western Wisconsin Technical College, the West Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, Inc.; the Northwest Wisconsin Manufacturing Outreach Center; Chippewa Valley Technical College and the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. The project will train workers in manufacturing firms in 17 counties in Western and West Central Wisconsin which need to upgrade skills, processes or equipment in order to stay competitive and those desiring to develop more effective systems to retain at-risk or marginal employees. The local Job Centers will promote employer understanding of incumbent worker training as well as the available local resources to assist with ongoing training. Other concepts to be tested include marketing the return on investment for training, developing incumbent worker partnerships, and institutionalizing incumbent worker training.  
7. Central Community College
Grand Island, Nebraska

     Doug Pauley - (402) 562-1280


Using interactive multimedia technology, employers and collaborative partners of Central Community College will provide skill- and industry-specific training to workers in less densely populated areas of Nebraska. The project will target a broad spectrum of employees -- entry level, intermediate and experienced workers -- in small and medium-sized public and private companies. Employment is largely agriculture-related, with rapid changes in technology, equipment and production processes. Training topic areas include Information Technology, Computer Software, Industrial Technology, Quality, Safety, Human Relations and Basic Skills. The project supports the philosophy that multiple employers and service agencies can join together to identify common training needs and build an infrastructure which will serve incumbent workers statewide for many years to come.  

8. New York City Technical College
Brooklyn, New York

     Patrick Yanez - (7l8) 260-4971


The NY Banking Training Partnership, led by NYC Technical College of the City University of New York, will provide training courses such as customer service, diction for non-native staff, computer training, and stress management, particularly in small and remote banks with limited staff development capabilities. Two on-line certificate programs will be offered to enhance workers' employability within and outside the banking industry. The Customer Service Certificate Program and the Business and Finance Certificate Program will refine competencies and knowledge that the incumbent workers can utilize in their current positions, and to advance within the banking industry, while the banks will have access to a pool of skilled workers.  

9. Dakota County Technical College
Rosemount, Minnesota

     Steve Wagner - (651) 423-8777


This project will train incumbent workers in small and medium sized manufacturing firms in Dakota County, Minnesota, targeting workers with low skills, obsolete skills, basic skills deficiences and new employees in the workforce. Emphasis will be placed on core skill standards training for the manufacturing industry, and on promoting the sustainability and replication of future training. This will be done by identifying career pathways in manufacturing occupations, identifying current definitions for manufacturing, technical and workplace skills, and integrating academic, technical and workplace skills leading to a business and industry recognized certificate for core skill standards.  

10. The WorkPlace, Inc.
Bridgeport, Connecticut

     Joseph Carbone - (203) 576-7030


The FlexBuild project will develop a customized, industry-specific curriculum to help workers in small manufacturing firms develop the personal skills needed to achieve the flexibility needed to meet the occupational challenges of new technology and production methods. The projects will serve immigrants, native born minorities and others who have barriers to learning, low skills or obsolete skills that seriously limit advancement in the company or places their continued employment in jeopardy. The WorkPlace, Southwestern Connecticut's Regional Workforce Development Board, will partner will Literacy Volunteers of America - Southeastern Fairfield County, Inc., the Connecticut State Technology Extension Program, Norwalk Community-Technical College, and Connecticut Works to provide basic literacy and occupational skills training to incumbent workers at companies in Southwest Connecticut.  

11. St. Cloud Technical College
St. Cloud, Minnesota

     Ken Maddux - (302) 654-5974


The Partnership for Success: Incumbent Worker Demonstration Program for small or medium sized firms is a collaborative effort involving Minnesota's community support service industry, technical/community colleges, workforce development system and the University of Minnesota. The project will upgrade the skills and increase the retention of human service workers who support people with disabilities in community settings. It will also provide advanced training to workers to move toward career positions as coordinators or supervisors. Workers will complete a competency and credit-based training program based on the National Skill Standards for Community Support Workers - the Community Supports Program - offered through the state technical-community college system.  

12. University of Southern Maine
Portland, Maine

     Nancy Martz - (207) 780-5572


This project will serve incumbent workers in small to mid-sized manufacturing firms in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine. It will upgrade skills and prepare the workforce for economic and technological changes affecting traditional manufacturing industries in the region. A program of essential work skills that includes basic competencies in math, oral and written communication and computer skills will be provided for workers at participating business sites. Services will be designed and coordinated by the Center for Workplace Learning (University of Southern Maine) and Lewiston Adult Education, in collaboration with the CareerCenter (JTPA) Central Maine Technical College and the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce. The project will link training to existing educational programs in the community, provide learning coaches for training support and capacity-building, and produce program design, curriculum and evaluation tools that have broad applicability.  

13. CAMP, Inc.
Cleveland, Ohio

     Stephen L. Gage - (216) 432-5301


This project will demonstrate a model for building linkages between Ohio's employers and the State's One Stop Workforce Development system through active involvement of the Edison Technology Centers and their affiliated Manufacturing Extension Centers. The statewide program will train at risk workers in the field of metalworking, welding, and plastics processing. Training will be tailored to the needs of the participating companies, and help manufacturers access and retain skilled workers through widespread adoption of skill standards. Edison Centers in Cincinnati/Dayton, Toledo, Cleveland, Akron and Columbus will participate in the project.