President Obama ed the WIOA following swift passage and overwhelming bipartisan support for the bill in both the U. House of Representatives and the Senate. The U. SCSEP is the only grant program deed specifically to serve low-income older workers, age fifty-five 55 and older, by providing job training through community-based organizations and government agencies.
The goals of the program are to provide community service and to promote self-sufficiency by placing individuals in unsubsidized employment. Service priority is given to individuals meeting one or more of the following criteria:. The OAA and federal regulations require the governor of each state to develop a strategic four-year State Plan in collaboration with the national SCSEP grantees, the aging network, and workforce entities operating within their state.
Robert E. The four-year strategy must specifically address the following:. This system is intended to be customer-focused and to help individuals access the tools they need to manage their careers. The system is also intended to help companies find the skilled workers they need to manage, compete, and succeed in business.
It addresses senior employment in Objective 1. As of the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, changes were made to the performance indicators. This reauthorization changes the follow up on three of the current Core Performance Measures and adds a new Core Measure. Changes are in the following Core Measures:. Strategies for achieving these adjustments will be that both the National and State will continue to follow up with enrollees upon their exit but will follow up quarterly to actively capture information as required by the Core Measures. Follow up dates will be updated, and emphasis will be put more in the beginning of the program to ensure that enrollees, host agencies and employers are aware of the culture.
Both State and National Grantees will continue to ensure that enrollees are fully equipped with the necessary tools i.
Grantees will continue to adhere to the performance measures that are set forth by the WIOA and will continue to meet the performance goals by the continuance of excellent rapport with Workforce, host agencies and potential employers. The Bureau collaborates and partners with countless agencies, both public and private, in preparing the State Plan.
State Plan development is a constant work in progress through a senior and employment and training statewide network.
Preparation began after submitting the State Plan Modification in November As a result of these associations, we have worked together to improve the lives of seniors in our State. Discussions regarding employment and training are held during monthly and quarterly meetings. The Grantee actively seeks continued job training opportunities leading to employment available in the local job market.
In administering the WV WIOA, the centers are operated locally, providing job seekers a one-stop location for employment-related services. A copy of their participation can be viewed in Appendix B. In an effort to generate ideas for developing the SCSEP State Plan, attendance at monthly, quarterly and periodic meetings with the following stakeholders are beneficial:. The Bureau will also post the plan on their website and face book for review and comment. In the eleven 11 counties covered by the Bureau, there are 25, eligible individuals age fifty-five 55 and older who meet the eligibility criteria.
There will be an increase in three 3 of the eleven counties; decrease in five 5 ; and there will not be a change in three 3 counties. Experience Works will see a decrease in ten 10 overall Authorized Positions from one hundred and fourteen to one hundred and four in PY There will be an increase in three 3 of their eleven 11 counties; decrease in five 5 ; and three 3 will remain the same.
National Council on Aging will see an increase in Authorized Positions from two hundred and seventy-seven to two hundred and eighty-seven in PY There will be an increase in thirteen 13 of their thirty seven 37 counties; decrease in ten 10 ; and fourteen 14 will remain the same.
There were no discussions held with the national sponsors regarding equitable distribution within the State. The USDOL determined the equitable distribution based upon the large reduction in funding from Program Year and, the new census information impacted the distribution of authorized positions within each state. The Bureau moves positions as the slot allocation changes in accordance with equitable distribution. If an area is over-served, it is brought into equitable distribution with attrition.
Therefore, no enrollee currently in the program is terminated, but once the enrollee is placed, the position is not filled in that area. When requested by the National Grantees, we recommend where those positions should be moved. Also, in there was a decrease in the overall SCSEP funding for both State and National Grantees and due to this budget change the amount of authorized and modified positions changed due to available funding. How we will obtain this goal is by continuing partnership with the local WorkForce and will begin interchanging information amongst National and State Grantees to fulfill the equitable distribution of all urban and rural counties that are under enrolled.
The State has 1, community zip codes with being deated as rural. This figure equals In those instances where the RUCA did not contain a zip code, the State utilized Bureau of Census population figures to determine rural and urban status. With the bulk of the State being classified as rural, targeting this population is an ongoing program responsibility.
The West Virginia State Health Profile provides a detailed discussion of commonly used definitions of rural and includes maps showing rural and urban comparisons. The WV BoSS sole Sub-grantee must contend with a lack of personal and private transportation for eligible individuals living in the eight 8 deated rural counties. Ratio of eligible individuals in each service area to the total eligible population in the State:. Data from the U. Relative distribution of eligible individuals who reside in rural and urban areas:. Experience Works was awarded slots primarily in rural areas and therefore has the highest percentage of service to rural areas.
Due to the high prevalence of West Virginians living in rural areas, access to transportation services is limited. Most MPOs are part of a city, county or area regional planning council.
According to the overall 25, eligible participants in the eleven 11 counties ased to the Bureau, only 15, have access to transportation in urban areas. The change in reporting census data has changed from to due to the elimination of the long form connected to the decennial census.
Unfortunately, the only information captured by the U. According to the West Virginia Development Office, the ACS has been operating for approximately two 2 years and may provide more specific data in the future. Disability data was collected inbut it will be several years before the data will be distributed. The minority population may be seen in Appendix F1.
It is impossible to determine eligible individuals with limited English proficiency using the U. Census, since the primary focus was on obtaining data on sex, age, and population. A review of Appendix F3 indicates the closest determination of limited English proficiency would be individuals sixty-five 65 years and over. Greatest Social Need GSN - The need caused by non-economic factors, which include: Physical and mental disabilities; language barriers; and cultural, social, or geographical isolation, including isolation caused by racial or ethnic status, which restricts the ability of an individual to perform normal daily tasks or threatens the capacity of the individual to live independently.
This is the latest data for the subject matter. Department of Health and Human Services as income level at or below the poverty line.
A means test is not to be used to determine greatest economic need. Refer to the current year poverty guidelines issued every January. In terms of targeting the priority population subgroups, both the Bureau and the Sub-grantee have years of experience and practice targeting the most in-need populations. Since the inception of the OAA, both the Bureau and the fifty-five 55 County Aging Programs have been required to target specific populations by demographic imperatives based on their representation.
Although data and research documents are limited for the fifty-five and older population, the Bureau has maintained the and percentages of people who are at least sixty years of age and older who are:. Onlyspeak English only.
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The Bureau continues to seek minority representation in all of its available programs. The four Area Agencies on Aging, as well as the fifty-five County Aging Directors are encouraged to extend outreach efforts to the minority communities.
While the statewide minority population represents approximately 3. The following chart provides an overview of the counties under each respective Grantee:. The board is required to be composed of representatives of its counties and areas. As such, this relationship with its board allows the Sub-grantee the ability to access diverse groups that can increase enrollment.
Due to the wide variety of programs and activities that are conducted by other units of the Sub-grantee, the SCSEP directors have an intrinsic resource that can serve as both a program marketer and educator.
Locally, the Sub-grantee works closely with a variety of programs and groups to educate and encourage recruitment. In addition to position openings being listed at the one-stop centers, the Sub-grantee:.
In regard to recruitment, the role of the Bureau is three-fold:. The State unemployment rate for recorded an average unemployment rate of 5. Counties with unemployment rates below 5.
Several counties reported extremely high unemployment rates. The Bureau of Senior Services Senior Community Services Program operates in eleven of the fifty-five counties that are located in five of the seven regions. These include outdated or non-existent work histories such that individuals are unable to obtain employment; limited education; low reading levels; lack of basic computer literacy; and general lack of communication skills including customer service skills.
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Frequently participants have multiple needs ranging from housing and transportation to other health needs that must be addressed prior to or while enrolled in the program. Health problems prevent some individuals from engaging in occupations for which they were trained earlier in life. Many are interested in part-time employment to supplement social security income. Within each of these regions the top five types of business fields are related to coal mining, lumber, natural gas production, chemicals and petroleum development.
The remaining major industries are agriculture in nature with a primary focus on livestock, poultry, produce, and dairy farming. Excluding support work, all of these industries primarily target a long term employed workforce capable of maintaining high levels of physical activity with extensive hours of employment. While the agricultural industries may appeal to a select few of potential SCSEP trainees, WDA projections through the year demonstrate many other lines of work that do not require multiple degrees or excessive hours of employment.