How the NCWorks Veterans Portal is Helping Returning Service Members Find Employment 

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On Tuesday, November 16, from 1-2 PM EST, join us for the latest installment of Pathways to Employment, featuring the North Carolina Department of Commerce's veterans employment services program.

North Carolina is home to nearly 800,000 veterans and several major military installations. When the state sought to implement a specialized job assistance portal designed to help returning veteran find jobs, they partnered with Geographic Solutions.

Collaboration between several teams within the NC Department of Commerce yielded the NCWorks Veterans Portal, a collection of employment resources for veterans, transitioning service members, and eligible spouses.

Session Speakers 

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Diane McNally

IT Project Manager

NC Department of Commerce

Division of Workforce Solutions

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Chris Silvers

Employment Analyst

NC Department of Commerce

Division of Workforce Solutions

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Gabi Gonzalez-Santiago

Assistant Director

Veterans Employment Services

NC Department of Commerce

Replay: How Texans are Skilling Up

To Gain Employment in High-Demand Industries

In April of 2020, unemployment levels reached historic heights in the state of Texas. As a result, there was an increased need for a range of services to support businesses and workers, including the unemployed. The Texas Workforce Commission partnered with Metrix Learning to offer online skills gain and certification services.

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Replay: The CDLE Uses Labor Market Data

To Support Colorado's Economic Recovery

During our July episode of Pathways to Employment, we heard from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment's (CDLE) Economist, Monicque Aragon, about using labor market information to bolster the state's economic recovery.

In 2006, the CDLE partnered with Geographic Solutions to launch the Colorado Labor Market Information (COLMI) Gateway, the official online source for estimating and measuring:

  • Non-farm payroll jobs
  • Labor force
  • Total unemployment
  • Number of unemployed
  • Unemployment rate
  • Occupation wages and employment
  • Industry wages and employment

Shortly before the pandemic, the CDLE created a method to disseminate economic data by hosting the information on the COLMI Gateway. They used a simple email subscription list for agencies, media outlets, and more to receive the data. Initially garnering 200 signups, the list has now swelled into the thousands as the pandemic persists.

Learn more about how Monicque and her team at the CDLE is using the COLMI Gateway on the state's path to economic recovery by watching the webinar recap video and viewing a PDF version of the presentation.

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Replay: The Jobs First Employment Services Program

Helps Connecticut with Reemployment

Our May Pathways to Employment webinar highlighted the Connecticut Department of Labor's (CTDOL) work administering the Jobs First Employment Services (JFES) program.

The program provides employment services to time-limited recipients of Temporary Family Assistance, and helps parents gain skills to obtain employment and become independent of cash assistance. Team members at the CTDOL partner with Connecticut's Department of Social Services and the five state workforce development boards. 

The CTDOL team also partners with Workforce Alliance, and the Refugee Resettlement Agency with an embedded JFES case manager to provide refugee assistance.

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Watch the JFES Success Stories video by clicking here.

Replay Pathways to Employment with Maria Smith

Thriving in a Changing World

Our April Pathways to Employment webinar featured Maria Smith, CEO and Founder of Bounce, and former keynote speaker at the 2019 Workforce Technology Conference.

Her presentation focused on how to bounce back and thrive after major challenges, and how to cope with stress in positive ways. She discussed working in strengths, the stages of change, building resilience in others, and the two distinct systems that impact our decision-making process.

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Bounce Soft Skills:

Job Coach Quiz:

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Webinar Rewind: Pathways to Employment with New Mexico

Find out How New Mexico Developed a Virtual Career-Planning Platform

In the third installment of our Pathways to Employment webinar series, Economist Michelle Doran and Youth Engagement Coordinator Rebecca Sisneros discussed the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions' (NMDWS) journey to develop the Career Solutions Portal, a virtual career planning platform.

The Career Solutions Portal specifically targets youth within the state of New Mexico. NMDWS approached Geographic Solutions to work on this project based on a foundation that was started with two existing systems: Labor Analysis Statistics and Economic Research (LASER), and the New Mexico Workforce Connection. Today, the Career Solutions Portal serves approximately 89 school districts and 338,220 students.

But, these resources aren't limited to young people. 

Adults seeking change or facing barriers are able to use these tools when they need help moving forward or creating their unique pathway to success. The Career Solutions Portal has also inspired statewide curriculum and a facilitators' guide. Through a series of lessons, the guide outlines success strategies and encourages career exploration.

Check out the webinar video to hear Michelle and Rebecca discuss the Career Solutions Portal. 

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Replay February's Pathways to Employment webinar

To find out how North Carolina used Innovative Avenues for Service Delivery

In our second Pathways to Employment webinar, the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Guilford County (Greensboro) teams described how they implemented many of Geographic Solutions' staff efficiency and no-touch service delivery tools prior to and during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

As many agencies were instructed to work from home, staff members in North Carolina successfully navigated the challenges that many agencies faced across the nation: signing and uploading documents remotely and securely, using live chat to serve an influx of individuals, and effectively capturing digital signatures, just to name a few. Hear how they met the challenge of providing remote service delivery, while maintaining high levels of business continuity

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How Tulare Keeps Recidivism Rates Low

In the kickoff to our Pathways to Employment webinar series, the Tulare County team described how they maintain their area's recidivism rate with the RESET program and custom portal. With Tulare County's Employment Connection, Probation Department, and Workforce Investment Boards working as a team, the group facilitates the process of employing justice-involved individuals after release from jail or prison.

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