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Workforce Investment Works (Part Two) and GAO Report on Federal Workforce Training Investments.

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Mon Feb 21 2011

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The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) is telling the story of the workforce investment system and would like you to share! NAWB recently launched a national communications campaign designed to collectively build a business case to policy makers and other stakeholders through thousands of workforce success stories submitted to their site, from each state and local area. As the story repository grows, the site will be searchable by zip codes to allow policy makers and stakeholders to drill down into the site and obtain workforce success stories pertinent to their state and local areas.

Beyond filling the site with success stories in the first phase of the project, NAWB has plans in the coming year to engage CBS as a full partner, create customize videos for workforce investment boards (WIBs), expand sections of the site to highlight individual WIBs across the country, integrate social media to have conversations about workforce, and launch an all-out educational campaign with all policy makers.

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Here is a 5-minute video about the campaign:

http://www.fullcapacitymarketing.com/media/presentations/WIWCampaign/player.html

If you have a success story to share, either personally through the One Stop or Career Center system or your organization has had successes interacting with the workforce system, please share your story! Here is a link for more information: http://www.workforceinvestmentworks.com

The General Accounting Office (GAO) puts out a report about Federal Worker Training Investments:

Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi (R), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee (HELP), highlighted this recent GAO report on his web site. The GAO report highlights the 47 worker training and employment programs and the $18 billion a year in investment. The report does highlight duplication and opportunities to stream line these programs.

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This report has also been highlighted in several recent news reports:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2011-02-09-1Ajobtraining09\_ST\_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip

The GAO Report, "Multiple Employment and Training Programs: Providing Information on Co-Locating Services and Consolidating Administrative Structures Could Promote Efficiencies" is available here:

http://help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/GAO%20Report%20Multiple%20Employment%20and%20Training%20Programs%20Released%20020920111.pdf

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