OCTAE Connection - Issue 198 - May 29, 2014

OCTAE Newsletter

                                 May 29, 2014

Department of Housing and Urban Development Seeks Comment on Second Round of Promise Zones Initiative Selection Process

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced a solicitation of comment “on the proposed selection process, criteria, and submissions for the second round of the Promise Zone initiative. The selection process under consideration is that any community meeting the qualifying criteria set forth in the Second Round Application Guide would be eligible to apply for Promise Zone designation.”   

HUD is seeking comments on the Promise Zone selection process detailed in the “Second Round Urban Promise Zone Application Guide.” The agency welcomes comments from the first round of Promise Zone recipients in order to gain from their experiences, as well those from other interested parties and the general public. Entities providing and coordinating services for adult learners may wish to consider submitting their comments. 

The Promise Zone designation enables the federal government to “partner with high-poverty communities nationwide to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing, and improve public safety.” According to the solicitation, federal staff will be placed in all of the designated communities, to help local leaders navigate the range of available federal assistance. This degree of engagement will help communities maximize their available funding. In addition, organizations contributing to Promise Zone strategies will receive preference for certain competitive federal programs as permissible, as well as technical support. Businesses that are involved will be eligible for tax incentives. 

Comments are due on June 16, 2014. Please view the full solicitation for complete information on the RFP, including instructions on submitting comments. 

For more information on the Promise Zone initiative, please visit HUD’s website.

Informational Webinar Supporting Career Pathways Initiative

Please join OCTAE’s new three-year Career Pathways project for the informational webinar, “Moving Pathways Forward: Supporting Career Pathways Integration,” about the project and OCTAE’s services for the field. The webinar will provide an overview of the Career Pathways initiative, describe the technical assistance available to enable states to build and advance their career pathways systems, and share more about the project’s virtual technical assistance benefits and offerings. State-level adult education staff and interested career pathways stakeholders are invited to join project staff at the webinar for a Q & A session and to participate in a follow-up discussion online to learn more about the project and its services.

Fourteen states have now been selected to participate in the initiative: Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. These states will receive customized, intensive technical assistance through direct coaching, as well as access to the resources, tools, and guidance that will help them identify and address their specific career pathways needs. 

According to Johan Uvin, acting assistant secretary for career, technical, and adult education, “We are very excited about the launch of this new technical assistance initiative. It will be an integral part of the ongoing interagency effort to expand career pathways state systems development, and support efforts to better align education and workforce development services with job-driven demand principles.” 

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT.  To register, please click on or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e9ab67s80a354ef4. If you are having trouble accessing the link, please try a different browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Questions related to registration may be sent directly to: cpexchange@kratoslearning.com.

Request for Proposals—National Governors’ Association Policy Academy

The National Governors’ Association (NGA) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from states and territories interested in participating in an NGA Policy Academy on aligning the education and training pipeline to the needs of the economy.  This initiative aims to increase the number of persons with a postsecondary degree or a relevant workforce certification, allow more individuals and their families to reach the middle class or higher, enable companies to reap the benefits of a better prepared workforce, and enable individual states and the entire nation to enjoy a robust economy. 

Through participation in the NGA Policy Academy, up to eight states selected for full participation will receive funding, technical assistance, and the benefits of learning from each other, while up to four additional states will be selected for more limited participation.  The focus will be on helping participating states make progress on four “integrated components”:  (1) articulating and implementing a strong vision that connects their education and training systems with the demands of the economy by enabling more students to achieve the “new minimum” of a postsecondary degree or a certificate with labor market value (2) informing policy, tracking progress, and measuring success by more effectively integrating and using education and workforce data (3) enhancing results through effective industry-education partnerships, and (4) attaining an integrated vision by altering the  use of resources and incentives. 

Applicants are required to address these four key components in order for their state or territory to participate in the policy academy.  Each component contains two mandatory elements, which applicants must address unless they have already done so.  The mandatory elements establish the foundation upon which the applicant should build a plan to align its education and training systems with the state’s economic needs. 

The period of performance is from August 2014 through June 2016.  Selections will be made in early August 2014.  

Proposals are due on July 2, 2014.   

For additional information, please contact Garrett Groves at 202-624-5253 or ggroves@nga.org or Iris Palmer at 202-624-5312 or ipalmer@nga.org 

Webinars on Gaining Credit for Military Experience

The National College Credit Recommendation Service and NOCTI will cohost two webinars to discuss the process used to review assessments to recommend college credit for military experience and how individuals can earn these credits.  

The first webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 9 at 2 p.m. EDT, and the second on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. EDT

To register, please visit http://www.noctibusiness.com/WebinarRegistration.cfm