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Workforce Investment (WIA) Vocational Services

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Services Provided to the Workforce Investment Act/One Stop

Initial Assessment

Career Assessment Systems provides this pre-enrollment activity of initial assessment to determine whether interested individuals are eligible for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services. WIA services will be directly linked to the pre-enrollment activity of initial assessment. Initial assessment will utilize objective measurement criteria that will yield objective information related to skill levels and aptitude abilities, which provide an impartial determination as to compatibility, relative supportive services and needed contact participation activities within the One Stop System. A key component of the initial assessment will be the empowerment of both disadvantaged adults and displaced workers and in/out of school youth. The initial assessment will take place at a One Stop location, location or any suitable public or private location within the participantís community that has private meeting room availability (public library, YMCA, YWCA, Community Center, etc.

The initial assessment will consist of an intake interview process that includes demographic information, income sources, transportation capabilities, medical/physical dynamics, educational/training chronology, and work history. The initial assessment will include one interest survey that is criteria referenced and meets CARF/Labor Department standards. It identifies specific interest correlated to the Labor Departments 12 Guide to Occupational Exploration (GOE) Cluster areas. This will be followed by a comprehensive aptitude based assessment, which utilizes the Valpar 3000 computerized assessment system, Career Abilities Placement Survey (CAPS), Talent Assessment Program Aptitude Battery (TAP) and the Purdue Peg Board. This aptitude based objective assessment measures 11 aptitudes twice utilizing visual, auditory and kinesthetic modalities and providing task acquisition for learning prior to assessment. This dual aptitude based objective assessment system also generates grade levels in respect to General Educational development (GED), which are defined and meet Labor Department standards. The information extrapolation phase of the objective assessment will be utilized in developing a recommendation for impartial determination relative to WIA participation in training, education and employment opportunities that create successful competitive employment outcomes.

Objective Assessment

It is anticipated that the majority of participants will need core plus intensive services. Individuals needing intensive services will complete an objective assessment. The objective assessment is a process that identifies service needs, goals, interests, academic levels, abilities, aptitudes, supportive service needs, and measures barriers and strengths. It includes a review of basic and occupational skills, prior work experience, the potential for employment, and developmental needs.

Career Assessment Systems provides this intensive service activity of Objective Assessment to determine participant/consumer skill levels, assessment needs and establish recommendations for formal training/needs strategy which will be utilized by the case managers and participant/consumer to develop a viable Individual Service Strategy (ISS/Individual Employment Plan (IEP). A key component of objective assessment will be empowerment of both the disadvantaged adult or displaced worker. The objective assessment will take place at a One Stop location, or any suitable public or private location within the participantís community that has private meeting room availability (public library, YMCA, YWCA, Community Center). The objective assessment will include an intake interview process, which will identify the reason for participation from the orientation provider/one stop delivery system. The intake interview process will include demographic information, income sources, transportation capabilities, medical/physical dynamics, educational/training chronology, and work history. The objective assessment will include two(2) interest surveys that are criteria referenced and meet CARF/Labor Department standards. They identify specific interest correlated to the Labor Departments 12 Guide to Occupational Exploration (GOE) Cluster areas. This will be followed by the Cites Learning styles inventory, which measures five (5) cognitive areas of learning, two (2) social areas of learning, and two (2) expression or response areas. This will be followed by a comprehensive aptitude based assessment, which utilizes the Valpar 3000 computerized assessment system, Career Abilities Placement Survey (CAPS), Talent Assessment Program Aptitude Battery (TAP) and the Purdue Peg Board. This aptitude based objective assessment measures eleven (11) aptitudes twice utilizing visual, auditory and kinesthetic modalities and providing task acquisition for learning prior to assessment. This dual aptitude based objective assessment system also generates grade levels in respect to General Educational development (GED), which are defined and meet Labor Department standards. A norm based vocational behavior scale will be completed utilizing objective observations, case history information and a thorough participant/consumer interview process. A physical/mental/medical limitation analysis, which is identified as physical capacities, environmental conditions and temperaments as defined by the Labor Department will be made a comprehensive part of the objective assessment. A transferability of work skills analysis is generated from a successful work history, which is correlated directly to Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) and is derived from interview of work history. The information extrapolation phase of the objective assessment will be utilized in generating labor market information that is relevant to the immediate geographical area. Labor market information will include DOTís, Standard Occupational Classifications (SOC), O-Net data base and /Census Data base which includes wage information by metropolitan area. After occupations and wage information are identified through the databases above, recommendations will be generated creating linkage to the One Stop where authorized intensive services in the form of ISS/IEP are developed successfully. Recommendations will also include training, educational and employment opportunities that create successful competitive employment outcomes.

Individual Career Planning/Counseling

Career Assessment Systems will provide this intensive service activity of individual career planning/counseling to assist disadvantaged adults and dislocated workers, in or out of school youth in overcoming substantial change in vocation due to displacement from work or economic disadvantage. This is done by thorough and intense consultation utilizing the objective assessment to empower the participant to overcome identified barriers and access the One Stop System to establish a foundation in training, education and employment opportunities that will possibly become a systemic part of the Individual Service Strategy (ISS/Individual Employment Plan (IEP).

Individual Service Strategy

The Case Manager will partner with participants requiring intensive services to complete the Individual Service Strategy (ISS). The ISS is a plan that identifies the employment goals and prescribes the appropriate services for the participant. The ISS will be based on the results of the Objective Assessment and will clearly describe the mutually agreed to goals, objectives and interventions of the participant. The Case Manager will then link the participant with the services.

Vocational Counseling

Career Assessment Systems will provide this intensive service activity of vocational counseling to assist disadvantaged adults and dislocated workers, in and out of school youth in overcoming substantial change in vocation due to displacement from work or economic disadvantage. This is done by thorough and intense consultation utilizing the objective assessment to empower the participant to overcome identified barriers and access the One Stop System to establish a foundation in training, education and employment opportunities that will become a systemic part of the Individual Service Strategy (ISS/Individual Employment Plan (IEP). This intense counseling service will initiate participant empowerment through understanding of interest, academic achievement, learning style, vocational behavior skills, aptitude strengths, physical demands, environmental conditions and temperaments inherent to work. This intense counseling is established to prepare the disadvantaged adults and dislocated workers to move into the intense Job Search Skills Class.

WIA Boards/One Stops being served by CAS

Portage County

Trumbull County

CAS staff Credentials and a sample report will be provided when you e-mail us at: CVE7@juno.com.

 


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