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HPOG Blog: OFA Issues a “Dear Colleague” Letter Describing Job-Driven Training Resources

Published: June 11, 2015
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This blog post was published in the original HPOG Blog on February 4, 2015.

The Office of Family Assistance's Director, Nisha Patel, recently released a "Dear Colleague" letter encouraging states and grantees to adopt the elements of the Job-Driven Training Checklist. As programs across the country start to think about the different ways they can design programs to align with the checklist, we thought it would be helpful to share examples from HPOG grantees.

Below are the seven elements of the Job-Driven Training Checklist, along with links to previous blog posts that illustrate how HPOG programs have embodied that element of the checklist.

ENGAGING EMPLOYERS. Work up front with employers to determine local hiring needs and design training programs that are responsive to those needs

Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board: Get Ready. Get Trained. Get to Work.

EARN AND LEARN. Offer work-based learning opportunities with employers – on-the-job training, internships, pre-apprenticeships, and registered apprenticeships – as training paths to employment.

Eastern Gateway Community College: Learn and Earn Programs Result in Positive Returns

SMART CHOICES. Make better use of data to drive accountability, inform program type and content, and offer user-friendly information for job seekers to choose programs and pathways that work for them.

Buffalo and Erie Workforce Development Consortium: Data-Driven Tools Align Training With Market Demands

MEASURING MATTERS. Measure and evaluate employment and earnings outcomes.

Northern New Jersey Health Professions Consortium: Scorecards and Measurements of Employment Earning Outcomes

STEPPING STONES. Promote a seamless progression from one educational stepping stone to another and across work-based training and education so individuals' efforts result in progress.

College of Menominee Nation: Progression from One Educational Program to Another

OPENING DOORS. Break down barriers to accessing job-driven training and hiring for any American who is willing to work, including access to supportive services and relevant guidance.

Schenectady County Community College: Breaking Down Barriers to Access Job Training and Career Pathways

REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS. Coordinate with American Job Centers, local employers, education and training providers, economic development agencies, and other public and private entities to make the most of limited resources.

San Diego Workforce Partnership's Collective Impact

Visit the checklist to learn more about making your program more job-driven. You can find a full text of the "Dear Colleague" letter and links to other resources in the HPOG Resource Library.

Last Reviewed: May 20, 2019