Vermont Department of Labor Seeks Public Comment On WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act)

The Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) has scheduled meetings around the state to seek public comment and engage stakeholders in the dialogue about the changes to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  The meetings will be facilitated by Vermont Department of Labor regional managers, and key questions will be presented and discussed in order to solicit ideas and feedback for the State’s WIOA Unified Plan.

“Under the federal guidelines, a Unified Plan will be filed by the Department of Labor, Agency of Education – Adult Education, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. However, there are many partner organizations that are keenly interested in the enhanced collaboration required under the new WIOA, including education and training providers, business owners, economic development organizations, state and federal agencies, advocacy organizations, and Vermont citizens who may be interested in pursuing available services. The meetings will give people an opportunity to discuss their ideas to enhance the opportunities and services under WIOA”, said Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan.

The draft plan document will also be available by February on-line for public comment until March 30, 2016 at the Vermont Department of Labor’s website, http://labor.vermont.gov/.  The VDOL staff are also available to discuss specific questions with partner organizations.  The meeting dates are as follows:

February 4, 2016:
Morrisville: 5:00-6:30pm @ VDOL Office, 194 Harrell Street, Morrisville

February 8, 2016:
Springfield:  5:00-6:30pm @ Howard Dean Educational Ctr., 307 South St., Springfield
Burlington: 6:00-7:30pm @ Hampton Inn, Rt. 7, Colchester
Rutland:  4:30-6:00pm @ Holiday Inn, Route 7, Rutland

February 9, 2016:
Barre:  5:30-7:00pm @ Labor Hall, Granite St., Barre
Newport: 5:00-6:30pm @Emory Hebard State Office Bldg., Room 250, 100 Main St., Newport
St. Albans: 6:00-7:30pm @ State Office Building, 27 Federal St., Room 423, St. Albans
Middlebury:  12:00-1:30pm @Addison Co. Economic Development Corp., 1590 Route 7 So., Middlebury

February 10, 2016
Bennington:  5:00-6:30pm @ CCV Community Room, 324 Main St., Bennington

February 11, 2016
Brattleboro:  5:00-6:30pm @ The River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro
White River Junction:  4:00-6:00pm @ State Office Building, 118 Prospect St., White River Junction
St. Johnsbury: 5:00-6:30pm @ NVRH, Room 126, Hospital Dr., St Johnsbury

Five Joint Public Hearings on the Governor’s Proposed FY 2017 State Budget – Monday, February 15th

The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations are seeking public input on the FY2017 proposed State budget and will hold five joint public hearings Monday, February 15, 2016, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at 5 locations across the State. For further information, please go to: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2017/Community-Based%20Joint%20Public%20Hearings%20on%20FY2017%20Budget%20-%20Site%20List.pdf .

The Committees will take testimony on the Governor’s FY 2017 State budget proposal at that time. Anyone interested in testifying should come to one of the hearings. Time limits on testimony may apply depending on volume of participants.

To view or print a copy of the proposed budget, go to the Department of Finance and Management’s website at: http://finance.vermont.gov/state_budget/rec.

For more information about the format of these events, or to submit written testimony, call Theresa Utton-Jerman or Rebecca Buck, Joint Fiscal Office, 802-828-5767 or toll-free 1-800-322-5616; or e-mail: tutton@leg.state.vt.us or rbuck@leg.state.vt.us. Requests for interpreters should be made to the office by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2016.

Webinar Training for Homeless Shelter/Service Providers: ADA & Fair Housing

The Office of Economic Opportunity is pleased to host 2 companion training webinars for homeless shelters and transitional programs on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Housing.  Please register in advance separately for each by using the links below. Webinars will be recorded and archived for later viewing.  We strongly encourage you to participate live to benefit from the Q&A with our expert presenters.  Participants will benefit from viewing both these webinars, in order.  Please feel free to forward information about the webinars broadly.

Thank you for your commitment to serve Vermont’s most vulnerable families and individuals.  We hope that these trainings will assist you in achieving your mission.

Understanding ADA & Reasonable Accommodation
Friday, February 12, 10 AM – 11 AM

Register now!
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3022886589812830210
You want to make sure that your homeless shelter or housing program is serving people with disabilities well and you know that you need to provide “reasonable accommodation” — but what does that actually mean in practice? Barb Prine of the Vermont Legal Aid Disability Law Project will provide a basic overview of what the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) means for your clients and your organization.

Fair Housing & Homeless Shelters – What You Need to Know
Thursday, March 10, 1 PM – 2 PM
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https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7636471465945553922
If your organization provides emergency shelter or transitional housing for people who are homeless, then this webinar training is for you. Ellen Maxon, from the Vermont Human Rights Commission, will help explain how fair housing laws impact your work and helps to make sure those seeking shelter receive fair access.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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