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A Guide to Model Job Training & Partnership Act (JTPA) Programs (1993)

All of the individual descriptions of the programs found in this booklet have been entered into the TTRC Programs Database.

Editor's Note: The following synopsis is based on materials extracted directly from the document. In September 1992, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) Education Foundation received a grant from the State Department of Education (SDE) to report on Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) programs in Connecticut. The purpose of this guide is to highlight model programs operating in each of Connecticut's nine JTPA service delivery areas (SDA) under the sponsorship of the nine respective private industry councils (PIC). The JTPA is the nation's major federally funded job training and work force development program. JTPA provides programs and services for economically disadvantaged adults, at-risk youth, dislocated workers, and displaced homemakers. Connecticut's Department of Labor administers the JTPA program at the state level. In order to address specific local job training needs, PICs provide policy guidance and program oversight in each of nine regional SDAs in Connecticut, in conjunction with local elected officials. JTPA resources provide the base upon which PIC-sponsored local programs and services operate. However, several factors combine to encourage the innovative coordination of the federal JTPA programs with other complementary efforts. First of all, the annual JTPA planning process requires evidence of local coordination. Members of PICs represent many constituencies and are involved in a variety of local training and employment activities. Secondly, coordination has been encouraged by the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission, which has established policy priorities to promote job training coordination. State agencies work through the Coordinated Education and Training Opportunities (CETO) program to enhance collaboration with local JTPA efforts. The information in this guide was gathered through interviews with representatives of PICs, local CETO coordinators, and officials from state government. Since JTPA is a program intended to promote local strategies to address particular local needs, respondents used their own criteria to define model program status. PICs have widely varying perspectives on their needs from region to region and a wide range of service providers. Because of these regional differences in needs and service providers, there is no "cookie- cutter" approach to program design for the efforts outlined in this guide. Each of these program initiatives is a model because it represents a successful effort to address a specific challenge with available resources. Connecticut's nine PICs have, over the years, collaborated effectively with local service providers and state agencies to develop coordinated strategies for job training and work force development. A broad range of program types is covered in this guide. Program participants include at-risk youth, public housing residents, teen parents, dislocated defense workers, public assistance recipients, school dropouts, and displaced homemakers. Services offered include such programs as basic education, family skills development, and technical skills acquisition. Collaborating partners include local school systems, community- based organizations, employers, and proprietary training providers.


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