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Welcome to the first issue of the H-1B Ready to Work (RTW) quarterly e-newsletter!  Our goal is to keep you informed of new resources, important deadlines, and opportunities to engage with fellow RTW grantees.
Each issue will also include “Ready for the Spotlight,” an article highlighting the success or promising practice of one RTW grantee.  This issue features the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, whose successful efforts to get the ready-to-work back to work are receiving local media coverage.
We hope you find this e-newsletter valuable.  It is for YOU!  If you have any resources or success stories to share, please send them to

Ready for the Spotlight: The New Jersey Council of County Colleges

The efforts of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ (NJCCC) Ready to Work (RTW) program are already making an impact and receiving media attention.  As one of the program coordinators for the Ready to Work (RTW) program, John Fugazzie is working to connect with and support employers who are ready to hire the state’s unemployed workers.  Hired in December 2014 after 18 months of unemployment and years of advocating for the unemployed as founder of the job search support and networking group Neighbors-helping-Neighbors (NhN), also a RTW program partner, Fugazzie's success story and the positive impact of NJCCC’s RTW program are just now receiving media attention.  NJTV News recently featured the story of engineer Bob MacPhee, a NJCCC RTW participant who completed training in advanced manufacturing and was hired by a local metal fabrication company, HK Metalcraft Manufacturing.
As an original NhN member that spent years seeking employment, MacPhee was underemployed and working briefly at an insurance company when the NJCCC RTW program helped him land a job he truly enjoys.  A true team effort, Dan Lim, another NJCCC RTW program coordinator, made initial contact with the employer and worked with Fugazzie to organize MacPhee’s Employment Development Plan.
MacPhee’s success is among the first of many to come for NJCCC’s RTW program, which will provide counseling and on-the-job training in information technology, advanced manufacturing and life sciences to nearly 1,000 LTU New Jersey residents.  The grantee has already registered 664 candidates as of this month who are receiving various services including assessment, occupational training, real-time job leads and job placement.  In a unique partnership, New Jersey Department of Labor is contributing $2 million to the RTW program to assist the unemployed in other key industries. Since the program rollout in the past four months, NJCCC has assisted 144 long-term unemployed find full-time employment, of whom 47 are placed under the grant’s on-the-job training program in positions ranging from entry level machine operators to database administrators. The RTW-NJ Grant is led by Sivaraman Anbarasan, Executive Director of the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce & Economic Development of NJCCC.    

Ready for Performance

Performance Reporting TA Resources: From Prezis (presentations created using Prezi, a cloud-based presentation software and storytelling tool) and pre-recorded webinars to tip sheets and resources briefs, there are many resources available online to make performance reporting a little easier.  Here are just a few of them:

Ready to Convene

Ready to Meet Up

RTW Conference
Washington, D.C.
October 14-15, 2015

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration is excited to announce the H-1B Ready to Work grantee conference, which will take place Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Building in Washington, DC.  Grantees are invited to bring up to two grant representatives to the conference, one of which should be a program manager or other person responsible for overall project management of the grant.  Please start planning now to attend!

The goals of the conference will be: to deliver programmatic technical assistance to support grantee efforts in recruiting, serving, training, and finding employment for long-term unemployed workers; to deliver training on important grants and fiscal management policies and procedures; to deliver training on participant data collection and ETA reporting requirements; and to support peer-to-peer knowledge exchange to share promising practices for long-term unemployed workers.

For more information, visit the RTW Community of Practice today!

Ready for Action

Upcoming Events

Save the dates for the next H-1B RTW LTU Subject Matter Expert Series Webinar and Follow-up Roundtable Discussion!

Ofer Sharone, Mitsubishi Career Development Professor and an Assistant Professor of Work and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management, will lead this SME webinar and follow-up discussion on helping the nation’s professional workers find meaningful employment.  Professor Sharone's research focuses on career transitions, job searching and unemployment, and examines the interplay between varied institutions on the one hand, and workers’ practices and experiences on the other.  His current research focuses on the long-term unemployed.
Webinar: September 25, 2015, at 2 p.m. ET
The webinar will address the unique challenges faced by highly skilled and experienced, long-term unemployed and underemployed American workers.  Professor Sharone will discuss the discrimination LTU’s and unemployed workers face in the hiring process, the obstacles they encounter in networking—which is critical to their success—and provide strategies on how to acknowledge and overcome these obstacles. 
Roundtable Discussion: September 30, 2015,
at 2 p.m.ET
The Roundtable Discussion will provide an opportunity for grantees to dive deeper into the topics presented in the webinar. Grantees can share their experiences in these areas and ask Professor Sharone follow-up questions.

For more information, visit the RTW Community of Practice today!

In Case You Missed It . . .

It can be difficult to keep track of all the exciting resources available to RTW grantees, but don’t worry.  Every issue of the RTW e-newsletter will feature recaps and links to a few of them.  Visit the H-1B Community of Practice today for even more great information!
  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) Series Webinar on Mental Health: Long-term unemployed and underemployed individuals face growing mental health challenges.  This webinar describes the signs of mental health challenges and provides concrete strategies for integrating mental health interventions into the RTW grant program.

August 2015

Ready for You
H-1B RTW Grants FAQ #1
This document provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding key policy guidance that H-1B RTW grantees are required to follow.  It should be viewed as a supplement to other technical assistance materials that have been and will be disseminated to H-1B RTW grantees.
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