New York State Assembly
Workforce Development News
Request for Applications: New York State Displaced Healthcare Workers
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) on Nov. 29, 2006 announced
a Request for Applications (RFA) to solicit applications from eligible
organizations (e.g., non-profit entities, healthcare facility trade associations,
area health education centers, healthcare worker unions, and labor management
committees ) to provide job counseling, placement and short-term training for
healthcare workers affected by consolidations, closures, conversions and
restructuring of healthcare resulting from the recommendations of the
Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century.
The RFA is part of the Displaced Healthcare Workers Program.
DOH will select one organization per region (Western Region, Central Region,
Northern Region, Hudson Valley Region, New York City Region, & Long
Island Region) to coordinate the placement of healthcare workers displaced by
consolidation in the industry. These entities will be responsible for managing
the placement of displaced workers into other jobs, subcontracting, as
necessary with other training organizations, and providing workers with a full
range of future employment options.
The primary objective of the RFA is to select regional coordinating organizations
to manage the job counseling, placement and short-term training for affected
workers, beyond what the current system can quickly and efficiently provide.
There will be up to $15 million available for eligible organizations to assist
displaced healthcare workers to secure the job counseling, placement and
training they need to be re-absorbed into the healthcare system and if
possible into comparable jobs outside of health if necessary. The program
will expand upon the job counseling, placement and training services currently
operated by the Department of Labor (DOL).
Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm on February 15, 2007.
For Additional Information About the Displaced Healthcare Workers Program Contact:
NYS Department of Health
Corning Tower Building, Room 1084
Albany, NY 12237-0053
(518) 473 - 4700
Or Click here
Assemblywoman Christensen Hosts a Roundtable on Micro-Businesses
at South Side Innovation Center
On November 20, Assemblywoman Joan Christensen,
Chair of the Legislative Commission on Skills Development & Career
Education, together with Assembly member Joan Millman,
Chair of the Commission on Government Administration,
Assembly member William Magee, Chair of the Agriculture
Committee, and Assembly member David Koon, Chair of
the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources hosted a roundtable on
upstate micro-businesses. The roundtable was co-sponsored by
Assembly member Mark Weprin, Chair of the Small Business
Committee, Assembly member Barbara Lifton, Chair of the
Task Force on Women's Issues, and Assembly member Jose Rivera,
Chair of the Task Force on Food, Farm, and Nutrition.
Micro-businesses, generally defined as business enterprises with five or fewer
employees, are a critical component of economic development. Micro-businesses
generate jobs, often in communities with high unemployment, and provide a route
to economic self-sufficiency for diverse populations. Extensive studies have
demonstrated that micro-enterprises can play pivotal a role in the revitalization
of local economies. In today's economic environment, there is a segment of the
population for whom self-employment is necessary, and in some cases, the best
source of employment and income. By assisting individuals to build businesses
and assets, micro-enterprises can open wealth and ownership opportunities to
individuals who have been excluded from our economy.
The Assembly roundtable brought together experts from micro-business development
organizations, micro-loan programs, community development funding institutions,
libraries and business owners to discuss strategies for improving the State's outreach
Key points raised by roundtable participants were:
The welfare of the State is enhanced by a healthy entrepreneurial business
environment. The State should therefore increase funding for
micro-business/entrepreneurship programs which provide vital services to
entrepreneurs seeking to start or expand a business.
EAP Centers provide instruction, training, technical assistance and support
services to individuals who have recently started their own business or are
interested in starting a business. EAP centers are located throughout the
State, but are not available in many areas.
The current State system governing micro-businesses regulations and
programs services are fragmented and confusing. To simplify the process
the following recommendations were suggested:
Establish a One-Stop Information Center that is easily accessible
(via internet) to micro-businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to start
their own business.
Reduce and simplify overly burdensome regulatory policies and develop
plain language descriptions of State regulations.
Develop better bench marks to measure success of micro-business
Establish more effective linkages between employment and training
One-Stop Centers (located throughout the State) and micro-business
While for some individuals a micro-business plays a key role in providing
household income, for others it an important complement to wage
US Department of Labor Awarded $125 Million in Community-Based Job Training
This past December, the U. S. Department of Labor (US DOL) awarded a second
round of job training grants to 72 community colleges that will support workforce
development projects in 34 states. The primary purpose of Community-Based Job
Training Grants is to build the capacity of community colleges to train workers in
the skills required to succeed in high growth, high demand industries. Two New
York institutions, CUNY Kingsborough Community College and Suffolk County
Community College were awarded grants.
In general grant recipients will use the funds for the following activities:
Increasing the capacity of community colleges to provide training in a local
high growth, high demand industry through activities such as the development
of training curricula with local industry, hiring qualified faculty, arranging
on-the-job experiences with industry, and using up-to-date equipment to
train workers; and
Training new and experienced workers in identified high growth, high demand
industries, with the aim of employing and/or increasing the retention and
earnings of trained workers, while meeting the skill needs of businesses
within targeted industries.
CUNY Kingsborough received an award of $1.6 million
which will be utilized for training activities in the hospitality industry. Key
partners of the project are: (1) New York City Department of Small Business
Services; (2) Workforce1 Career Center (One-Stop); (3) CUNY on the
Concourse (One-Stop); (4) New Hotel Association; (5) Cruise Lines
International Association; (6) The City University of New York; and (7) the
Kingsborough Department of Collaborative Programs.
CUNY Kingsborough Community College will provide capacity building and
training activities which include:
The creation of the Employer Advisory Group to set recruitment
targets before each training cycle as well as review curriculum, and
expand the employers/stakeholder network.
Building management structure by hiring key staff to manage: (1) strategic
partner linkages to maximize the sharing of resources; (2) development
of curriculum; (3) training software and promotional materials; (4)
internships and job placement; (5) coordination of student services
and data management; and, (6) program evaluation.
Development of a targeted training program that combines job-specific
content with development of soft skills and customer service skills.
Development of the VE Cyber Training Hotel - a virtual hotel
based on real market data.
Projected outcomes for the project are as follows:
520 persons to be trained using VE Cyber Training Hotels.
80% of jobseekers will complete a 10-week program.
75% of jobseekers will be placed in employment at the end
75% of those employed will retain their employment.
Suffolk County Community College received a grant of
$2.4 million. The funds will be used to support integrated
training projects in shortage areas such as: (1) automation and control
systems; (2) mechanics; and (3) electronics and computer programming.
Additionally, funds will be used to support:
Incorporation of manufacturing training models that focus on basic
skills such as math and writing;
Development of five training modules and an industry
internship system for incumbent workers;
The establishment of a career ladder progression for all manufacturing
workers in the form of six-month and one-year certificates, and ultimately
the re-establishment of a 2 year A.A.S. degree in advanced manufacturing
Key partners include: (1) Suffolk County Department of Labor; (2) Oyster Bay
Consortium Workforce Investment Board (WIB); (3) Town of Hempstead WIB;
(4) Workforce NY Employment Centers (One-Stops); (5) The Long Island
Works Coalition; (6) Nassau and Queensborough Community Colleges and
Stony Brook and Farmingdale State Universities; (7) ADDAPT; (8) LIFT; and
(9) Festo Corporation; (10) AFCO Systems Inc.
Projected outcomes for the project are as follows:
300 incumbent manufacturing workers will be trained with at
least 80% receiving industry certification.
100 dislocated workers, high school and non-traditional colleges
students will be trained with at least 75% receiving industry-validated
At least 80% of firms will express satisfaction in worker skills
resulting from training.
To Get More Information on Community-Based Job Training Grants, Please
President Signs Tax Bill into Law That Includes Provision to
Extend the Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Congress recently adopted the "Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006"
(H.R. 6111) which renews a number of tax cuts and tax credit programs.
The legislation was signed into law on December 7, 2006. The bill contains
provisions (section 105) to extend the Work Opportunity Tax Credit
WOTC provides an incentive for employers to hire, train, and retain job
seekers. The credit can reduce an employer's federal income tax liability
by as much as $2,400 per qualified new worker. Additionally, H.R. 6111
does the following:
Extends the WOTC Program until Jan. 1, 2008. The program had
expired on Dec. 31, 2005;
Extends the WOTC to retroactively cover wages paid for individuals
who began work after Dec. 31, 2005;
Eliminates the WOTC's family income requirement for individuals
seeking to re-integrate back into society, but are having difficulty
due to their past criminal record:
Under current law, eligibility for WOTC is limited to individuals
with felony records who have an annual family income of 70%
or less than the Bureau of Labor Statistics lower living standard.
Under H.R. 6111, this requirement will be removed.
Raises the WOTC age eligibility ceiling;
Currently, the WOTC Program restricts people from certain types
of households from participating in the WOTC program based on
This legislation would raise the age eligibility ceiling from 24 to 39
years of age for members of food stamp households.
U.S. Department of Labor's Employment & Training Administration
Office Provides Grant to New York State to Aid in Recovery from Storm
On December 21, 2006 the U.S. Labor Department's office of Employment
& Training Administration office (ETA) announced a $1.3 million grant
for the State to create approximately 150 temporary jobs to assist with
clean-up and recovery efforts following damage caused by severe storm
and flooding that occurred during the month of October 2006. On
Oct. 24, 2006 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
declared the counties of Erie, Genesee, Niagara and Orleans
as eligible for its public assistance program.
Funds will be used to support temporary jobs which will be targeted for
workers dislocated as a result of the snowstorms and flooding. The funds
can also be used to hire other dislocated workers and the long-term
unemployed. Jobs will include clearing debris from public and non-profit
owned property, and funds may be used to perform work on the homes of
economically disadvantaged individuals who qualify for the federally funded
In addition to the creation of temporary jobs, the grant may also be used
for workforce development services for participants who need assistance
to return to employment. The grant was awarded to the New York
Department of Labor.
For More Information on This and Other U.S. Labor Department
Employment & Training Programs, Please
The New York Board of Regents has Established New Policies to Protect
Students at New For-Profit Proprietary Colleges
Past investigations examining the practices of for-profit institutions
(traditionally referred to as proprietary colleges) uncovered that
some institutions were primarily focused on making a profit rather than
providing quality educational programs
(e.g., poor academic practices and in some cases fraud in admissions
policies in order to increase enrollment and thereby increase profit).
In an effort to address this problem, the Board of Regents adopted new
rules (December 2006) that will protect students who enroll in
for-profit proprietary colleges in New York State.
Under the newly adopted rules, new for-profit proprietary colleges will
not be given permanent authority to grant degrees until the Regents
and the State Education Department (SED) are certain that a proprietary
college is meeting it's educational mission as well as providing quality
educational services to it's students. SED has established a provisional
period of up to five years during which the Department will closely monitor
all new proprietary colleges. If the Regents determine that a proprietary
college has not met the standards for operating a college in New York,
the college will not be granted permanent authority to operate.
In the past, for-profit proprietary colleges were granted permanent authority
without a probationary review period. That meant that if the Regents
determined that a college was not meeting the standards, they had to
initiate a lengthy process to revoke that school's degree-granting authority.
For Additional Information About the Newly Adopted Rules
Jonathan Burman or Tom Dunn at (518) 474-1201