In June 2010, the Heldrich Center evaluated the site mapping, nomenclature, and content of the employment section of the Disability.gov Web site. Disability.gov has over a quarter of a million visitors every month who seek information about topics such as employment, housing, benefits, civil rights, and education. The Heldrich Center provided observations and recommendations for reorganizing the employment specific section of the site to make it more user-friendly and effective for Disability.gov users, including job seekers, workforce professionals, and employers.
The Heldrich Center is working with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies to provide technical assistance and subject matter expertise to three states (Minnesota, New York, and Idaho) who are recipients of demonstration funding to pilot a social media component as part of a larger initiative to provide stronger and more integrated reemployment services to Unemployment Insurance claimants through the workforce system.
Under a contract with BCT Partners, through funding from the U.S Department of Labor, the Heldrich Center provides technical assistance to support the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) efforts to expand the capacity of the public workforce investment system to serve persons with disabilities who are Social Security Insurance and Disability beneficiaries and promote their employment in jobs leading to economic self-sufficiency.
The Heldrich Center is under contract with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to provide technical assistance and staff development at four DEI sites located in Passaic, Bergen, Burlington, and Cumberland/Salem counties and to evaluate the process and effectiveness of the state’s technical assistance and staff intervention efforts.
The Talent Network projects are designed to improve connections among employers, job seekers, and education and workforce providers to ensure the delivery of a skilled workforce for key industries. As part of this work, the Heldrich Center worked with several New Jersey community colleges to use labor market information and other industry intelligence to better inform students about career prospects and to improve the alignment of degree and course content with industry skill needs.
The Heldrich Center is working with the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University on a study of the effectiveness of One-Stop Career Centers co-located on community college campuses in North Carolina. Because the co-located One-Stop Career Centers have been established relatively recently (late 1990s) and not all community colleges have them, some students have had greater exposure to the program for reasons exogenous to students’ own characteristics and choices.
The Heldrich Center developed a number of print and online career awareness tools that education and workforce providers can use to educate students about careers in the public transportation industry. These tools include a visual “map” of job groups and key occupations in the industry and a comprehensive guide to public transportation occupations. These tools will be disseminated broadly to postsecondary institutions and other stakeholders in order to help career guidance personnel to inform students about careers.
The Heldrich Center is conducting an evaluation of Platform to Employment, a recently launched initiative of The WorkPlace, the workforce investment board for Southwest Connecticut. Through Platform to Employment—recently featured on CBS 60 Minutes as a potential national model—The WorkPlace is offering assistance to long-term unemployed individuals, especially those who have exhausted extended unemployment insurance benefits, to help them prepare for returning to work.
This Heldrich Center study examines the recent increase in demand for petroleum engineers and the response by students leading to a dramatic increase in numbers of graduates. Specifically, it examines the following issues: program dynamics of colleges in expanding size and number of programs; both demand (by industry) and supply (by colleges) of engineers for the petroleum industry; and the recent surge in industry demand, the mix of engineering fields employed, changes in content, and the response in supply (colleges, retraining, influx from other fields, immigration, etc.).