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  Workforce3 One
 March 2007 Vol 2. No 2

Dear Workforce3 One Community:
Welcome to this month's edition of Driven by Demand, Workforce3 One's news and information update. This month, we are featuring solutions developed by High-Growth Job Training Initiative (HGJTI) Grantees. These and other solutions for addressing the workforce development needs of the 14 high-growth industries that are targeted by the HGJTI are available on the Workforce3 One web space for you to implement and adapt for your region. Check out the new Grantee Solutions section of Workforce3 One to access dozens of new and exciting products and tools from HGJTI Grantees.

In this edition:

 Inside Workforce3 One: Solutions for Innovation

High-Growth Industry: Advanced Manufacturing

  • A "How To" Guide for Conducting a Regional Skills Gap Analysis: A Skills Gap Analysis can help communities ensure that manufacturing-related education and workforce training resources are aligned with the current and projected skill requirements of manufacturers in a particular region. This how-to guide outlines a 3-step Gap Analysis process developed by the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute (NAM/MI), with the expertise of Key Links, Inc. of Portland, OR, which was piloted in the Kansas City region by the Alliance for Innovation in Manufacturing-Kansas City.
  • Lean Certification Body of Knowledge: "Lean manufacturing" is a systematic approach to continuously improving manufacturing processes and eliminating waste. The Lean Enterprise Certification Program creates a path for individuals to acquire critical skills and a portable credential through completion of a nationally recognized, industry-led lean certification program. These certification criteria were developed by HGJTI grantee 360vu Research and Education Foundation in partnership with 150 small- and medium-sized companies, as well as Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers nationwide.

High Growth Industry: Retail

  • Implementation Guide: An In-Depth Guide to Developing and Implementing a Skills Center: Retail Skills Centers are one-stop industry career centers that provide employers in the retail and other service industries and new and current employees a dedicated resource for meeting their workforce needs. Skill Centers are organized and supported by partnerships including HGJTI grantee the NRF Foundation, shopping center developers, employers, local, state and federal workforce agencies, schools and colleges, and community-based organizations. This guide provides information on how to implement and operate a Skills Center in your community.

High Growth Industry: Automotive

  • Upgrading the Nations Automotive Programs: This project, developed by grantee Gateway Technical College, in partnership with Snap-on Incorporated, seeks to increase the number of industry-certified schools and the capacity of automotive training programs.

High Growth Industry: Health Care

 Planning for Transformation: A Guide for 2007 and 2008

Planning for Transformation: A Guide for 2007 and 2008: States are currently engaged in a process of modifying their Strategic State Plans for Title I of the Workforce Investment Act and the Wagner-Peyser Act. This planning period presents an opportunity for states to refresh their State Strategic Plans to reflect changes in the economy and new directions for the workforce investment system. In this Webinar, ETA administrators review the national strategic direction and discuss ways that states can address the new priorities and incorporate new regional economic development strategies in their State Plans.

 Save the Date: Workforce Innovations 2007!

July will be here sooner than you can say "workforce investment!" Plan now to attend Workforce Innovations 2007: Beyond Boundaries. The conference will be held July 17-19, 2007 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Missouri. This year, we'll explore ways in which key partners, including business, economic development, education and workforce systems, can collaborate and innovate to break down boundaries and create a competitive advantage. Early Bird registration rates are in effect until May 31, only!

 Paricipate and Learn: Webinars

New recorded webinars are posted as they happen! Check the Workforce3 One web space for dates and times of upcoming live webinars.

 Share the Awareness

The reality of a demand-driven Workforce Investment System can only be achieved when strategies and ideas permeate the entire system. Share this newsletter by forwarding to a colleague and spread the knowledge!

 End Notes