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Strengthening the Employment and Training Components of WorkFirst NJ Forum Agenda

Monday, August 28, 2017

AGENDA

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. ~ Event Registration

 

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. ~ Welcome: What Does it Take to Improve Outcomes for WFNJ Recipients?

Carl Van Horn, Director and Distinguished Professor, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University

Aaron Fichtner, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Elizabeth Connolly, Acting Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Human Services

 

9:15 - 10:45 a.m. ~ Strategies to Motivate and Engage TANF/GA/SNAP Employment and Training Recipients in Core Activities and Employment

Discussion Areas: What strategies are being used in other states and New Jersey to better motivate and engage TANF/GA/SNAP ET recipients to participate in work activities and move to employment? How have these strategies changed over time? What strategies are working well and producing the intended results?

Andrea Hetling, Associate Professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University (moderator)

Dena Jardine, Associate Director, Larimer County (Colorado) Workforce Center (panelist)

Michelle Belitz, Planning and Evaluation Analyst Ramsey County (Minnesota) (panelist)                            

 

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. ~ Networking Break

 

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ~ Promising Approaches to Better Align Work Activities with Recipient Needs/Skills and Local Employment Needs/Demands

Discussion Areas: How have recipients’ skills/needs changed over time and what new approaches are needed to better align recipients’ skills with employer needs/demands? What new strategies or reform efforts are taking place nationally for better serving individuals’ employment opportunities while increasing TANF participation and employment rates?

Kathy Krepcio, Executive Director and Senior Researcher, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University (moderator)

LaDonna Pavetti, Vice President for Family Income Support, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (panelist)

Sarah Hass, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Career Services, NYC Human Resources Administration (panelist)

 

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. ~ Lunch and Networking Break

 

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. ~ Developing Sound Data and Information Systems to Support Better Engagement and Employment Outcomes

Discussion Areas: What types of data would help service providers/managers/policymakers facilitate better engagement and employment outcomes for TANF/GA/SNAP Employment and Training recipients? How have states and local areas used data to better manage “to work” activities and engagement and pinpoint problems that may be contributing to poor outcomes?

Andrea Hetling, Associate Professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University (moderator)

Heather Hahn, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute (panelist)

Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli, Assistant Research Director, Family Welfare Research and Training Group (panelist)

 

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. ~ Wrap Up, Next Steps, and Adjourn

Kathy Krepcio, Executive Director and Senior Researcher, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University

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