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Maher & Maher Makes a Difference for Kids with LTEN and the Pajama Program

This year I was so pleased to return to the annual Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network (LTEN) Annual Conference at the Gaylord National Harbor in Maryland. The conference is the nation’s largest and is dedicated to life sciences trainers & educators. I’ve been attending the conference almost annually since the early years when it was referred to as NSPST and it has been interesting to see how it has evolved over time. This year’s conference was a rewarding experience providing the networking, benchmarking, and learning experience I had hoped. And, I was pleased to see so many in attendance.

Each year the LTEN choses a philanthropy to support at the conference. This year was no different. The organization of choice was the Pajama Program out of the Maryland and DC area.  The mission… Read more →

Apprenticeship Works: US DOL Announces $50 Million Investment in State Apprenticeship Strategies

More and more businesses, workforce development organizations, and educational institutions across the country are turning to apprenticeship as a proven model for work-based learning. This customized and flexible workforce solution trains workers to the exact skill needs of business – and provides wages during training so that workers can “earn while they learn.”

The U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL) is making a historic investment in apprenticeship. After announcing Accelerator Grants to 52 states and territories in early June, US DOL just recently announced a new $50 million ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion grant competition.

Maher & Maher has partnered with US DOL to launch a number of successful apprenticeship initiatives over the last decade in order to accelerate understanding and adoption of apprenticeship, such as:

A Quick-Start Toolkit providing a step-by-step guide for businesses to build apprenticeship programs   A comprehensive… Read more →

Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility: A Jobs for the Future Summit - Rick Maher to Moderate

A national summit focused on economic mobility is happening this week in New Orleans, and Maher President and CEO, Rick Maher is there!

The summit takes on the crisis in economic opportunity facing American society, and brings together employers, partners, civic leaders, and other “problem solvers” to share ways to better prepare a rising generation for tomorrow’s jobs. The unique gathering of national thought leaders tackles topics as diverse as working with immigrant populations and addressing transportation barriers.

“Our leadership team felt it was important for us to support JFF in this national summit,” said Mr. Maher. “The topic is such an important one at a pivotal moment in time for our country. As we tackle the challenge of growing economic inequality, our ability to pause and take time for a deep dive in understanding the issues… Read more →

Successful Launch of WorkforceGPS!

Maher & Maher applauds the successful April launch of the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration’s (ETA) new online technical assistance platform, WorkforceGPS! 

WorkforceGPS brings a fresh new entry point to policy guidance and technical assistance (TA) for the public workforce system that fosters peer sharing and learning, provides information and resources, and builds upon TA provided through ETA's national and regional offices. This vibrant new website was designed to create interactive communications with workforce and education leaders and practioners across the country, and build staff and system capacity in developing and implementing innovative approaches to workforce and economic development in the 21st Century.

On WorkforceGPS you will find:

A committed community of leaders, practitioners, experts and stakeholders; Resources and information, online learning opportunities, and space to connect and collaborate with your peers on topics that interest you; … Read more →

Advisory Committee Enters Final Phase

On July 20 - 21, 2016, The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) will have its ninth meeting in Washington, D.C. The Committee is entering the final phase of its mandate to submit a Final Interim Report on September 15, 2016 to the Secretary of Labor and Congress. According to Section 609 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by Section 461 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014.

The Committee shall study, and prepare findings, conclusions, and recommendations on: 

Ways to increase the employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other individuals with significant disabilities in competitive integrated employment; The use of the certificate program carried out under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 214(c)).

The Committee has made significant strides since its first meeting on January 22 - 23, 2015. A Draft Interim Report… Read more →

Are you BOLD enough to “Fail-Fast?” Customer Centered Design Holds a Key to WIOA Success

Three work sessions at the recent National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Conference in Orlando invited participants to innovate their way to improved service delivery integration, and to “fail fast” in the pursuit of better outcomes for both job seeker and employer customers. We were really energized by the enthusiasm of people from across the country as we explored ETA’s Customer Centered Design (CCD) initiative.

Customer Centered Design (CCD) is a way of exploring service delivery excellence using “design thinking” as the engine for innovation, and the Employment and Training Administration has been championing its acceptance across the Nation’s Workforce Development System aggressively. ETA’s Customer Centered Design Challenge, which we have supported as TA providers and coaches for the initiative, has seen 200 teams since last summer from across the U.S. form to re-imagine… Read more →

Oklahoma Strategic Board Training: Statewide Conference Boosts WIOA Implementation Success

I recently had the honor of working with close to 100 local workforce development board members from across the state of Oklahoma, and was so impressed with their positive energy and intentions!. State officials worked in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Dallas Regional Office to promote and sponsor the event. This highly collaborative event convened at Oklahoma State University brought together board members, including board chairs, business members and board staff and a robust representation of Local Elected Officials (LEOs),to explore the many important elements of the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and to train board members in their critical roles – among them to think and act more strategically in the years ahead.

We covered the essential elements of the new legislation, gave folks an overview of how the law would change the way they do business, and… Read more →

Maher Kicks Off Session at Atlanta’s 2016 Inter-Agency Regional Meeting

This month, Dr. Helen Parker from Maher & Maher kicked-off a plenary session on Designing Innovative & Engaging Services for Our Shared Customers at the City of Atlanta's 2016 Inter-Agency Regional Meeting. Nearly 200 participants representing a broad range of partner agencies and stakeholders from across the eight-state Atlanta Region gathered for a three-day event focused on Building Effective Partnerships: Utilizing Customer-Centered Approaches to Strengthen Employment Outcomes under WIOA.  Regional leadership from three federal agencies, DOL’s Employment and Training Administration, HHS’s Administration for Children and Families, and the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service were on hand to help set the tone for fostering robust partnerships in serving shared customers.

We’ve Lost an Extended Family Member

I am moved to share this message. Last week we said goodbye to an extended family member at Maher & Maher.

Luke Bautista, son of our long-time associate – Chris Bautista – suffered a tragic accident. A young man (age 15), Luke was described as fun, smart, a prankster (“actually a bit twisted” according to his Dad), always smiling and supportive of others. He sounds like a young man of many gifts who surely left us way too soon.

I got back from travel in time to attend Luke’s service. It was, as you might imagine, a solemn affair, but incredibly well-attended.  One could feel the support and love flowing from those in attendance for Luke’s Mom, Dad and older brother (and best-friend), CJ. I was so pleased to see so many of Chris’ Maher colleagues in attendance,… Read more →

Sector Strategies Virtual Institute

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) presents a tremendous opportunity to create and deepen partnerships that will advance the prosperity of regions.  The foundation for this work is strong industry sector partnerships that bring together employers, education and training entities, workforce agencies, community organizations and other stakeholders to align training with the skills needed for an industry to expand and compete in the global economy.

To support this work, the Employment and Training Administration's 2nd Annual Sector Strategies Virtual Institute kicked off May 16th, offering a multitude of learning and peer-to-peer knowledge building opportunities to those just beginning to build industry sector partnerships, as well as those further along in sectors work.

The event opened with a highly engaging Plenary featuring Deputy Assistant Secretary Eric Seleznow who welcomed workforce development leaders from across the country as they discussed the advancements they&rsquo… Read more →

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