Provides a summary of the findings from site visits with eight of 152 sites that implemented programming funded by The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
"The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided funding for skills training in green jobs and healthcare jobs via four Solicitations for Grant Applications (SGA): Healthcare and Other High Growth and Emerging Industries (HHG); Pathways Out of Poverty (POP); State Energy Sector Partnerships and Training (SESP); and Energy Training Partnerships (ETP). In early 2010, 152 grantees were awarded an average of $4 million to $5 million for two- or three-year grants. This interim report presents a descriptive analysis of eight of the 152 sites that implemented these grants, based on in-person site visits. The eight sites were selected purposively and are not representative of the overall grant program. Detailed summaries of the findings obtained from each of the eight site visits are presented in the Appendix" (p.1). (Abstractor: Author)
Major Findings & Recommendations
"A number of lessons learned also were described by interviewees during the site visits:
- Labor market information (LMI) is useful to the extent that it is perceived by grantee staff as reliable, relevant, and up to date;
- Aligning programs with state or Federal energy policies or programs that do not come to fruition may make it more difficult to reach targets for program outcomes; and
- Weaker than expected demand for labor in the training program occupations may reduce job placement rates among program graduates" (p.1). (Abstractor: Author)