Department of Labor announces Summer Employment Opportunity Grants

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) has announced the recipients of the 2010 Summer Employment Opportunity (SEO) grant funds. These funds will be used to provide academic and occupational summer experiences to eligible youth ages 14-21, with an emphasis on serving youth over 16 who are not in school.While the 2010 program was smaller than 2009 because ARRA funding is no longer available, the department had $125,000 to award for this important program. Applications totaled almost seven times that much money, indicating how great the need is. Applicants responded to a Request for Proposal, describing their programs in detail. The applications were reviewed and scored by a multi-agency committee and awards were made based on those scores, populations to be served, geographic mix, cost per participant, occupations involved and their connection to real jobs, and the past performance of the applicant.The following projects were awarded funds and will begin recruiting participants soon:Laraway SchoolLaraway’s program is designed to serve the neediest youth, primarily those at risk of dropping out, youth in foster care, court involved youth, and youth of incarcerated parents. Participants come from all over Vermont, with the majority currently residing in Lamoille, Washington, and Orleans Counties. They will receive literacy and math instruction as well as occupational and post-secondary opportunities. Each will identify one of the following areas of interest: Conservation and Recreation Management, Agriculture, or Health and Human Services and will complete a community project or service.Linking Learning to Life, Inc. (LLL)The TIPS program, Training Interns and Partnering for Success, created by LLL, has been adapted to partner with the Vermont Lake Monsters to place high risk Chittenden County youth in summer employment at Centennial Field in Burlington. A second work site at Gutterson Field House was added last year. In addition to paid work experience, the program will include career exploration, soft skill training, resume writing, and interview techniques.Smokey House CenterFor 36 years, Smokey House has been providing work-based learning opportunities to disadvantaged youth in the Rutland and Bennington area. Participants will work in small crews 4 days a week during the summer learning basic academic, occupational, and work readiness skills by engaging in natural resource management work projects, utilizing their farm and forest lands.The Tutorial Center, Inc.The Tutorial Center, in collaboration with the University of Vermont Extension (UVM), will run summer job training programs in Bennington, Brattleboro, and Manchester. The Summer Work and Learn program offers at-risk youth a paid work opportunity in educational gardens and farmers’ markets, building transferable skills by growing and preparing healthy food, managing tasks as a team, and providing customer service. The 2010 programs will include more leadership opportunities for youth, who will train volunteers at schools and community gardens, and will increase opportunities for applied academics by making the gardens available to teachers.Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC)VYCC will run two Career Development Crews, with 10 members each, one based in Richmond and one in Rutland. The crews will be non-residential, and will receive technical skills training relevant to environmental conservation, such as trail construction, design, and project management. Also included will be general job readiness skills in the areas of communication, problem solving, planning, and evaluation. Basic academic skills will be enhanced through VYCC’s WoRD (Writing, Reading, and Discussion) program-group discussions based on relevant articles.All youth who participate will be paid Vermont minimum wage ($8.06/hr) by the Vermont Department of Labor. For more information about the Summer Employment Opportunity or to find out about the referral process please call your local VDOL office http://labor.vermont.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=285(link is external)Source: VDOL. 4.1.2010-30-last_img read more

State Highlights Bill Proposed To Draw New Doctors To Rural Nebraska LA

first_img Los Angeles Times: L.A. County Supervisors Vote To Move Toward Merging Health Agencies State officials have proposed several changes in the Medicaid waivers that define the state’s approach to helping frail elders and people with disabilities live in community-based settings rather than in nursing homes. The proposed changes, now posted on the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services website, were filed with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Dec. 31. (Ranney, 1/13) Medical residents who work in under-served parts of Nebraska could receive up to $120,000 in loan repayments under a new bill in the Legislature. Sen. Kathy Campbell of Lincoln proposed a loan reimbursement program Tuesday for areas designated as having a shortage of health care professionals. The bill would largely apply to rural areas which lack doctors. (1/13) USA Today/The Indianapolis Star: Ind. Bill Would Ban Abortions For Fetal Disability, Gender Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to move toward consolidating three departments dealing with different aspects of public health. But they did so over the objections of mental health advocates who worry that those services will get buried in a larger health agency. The move, proposed by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, would integrate the departments of public health—responsible for controlling disease outbreaks, managing substance abuse programs and conducting health inspections—and mental health with the Department of Health Services, which runs county hospitals and clinics. (Sewell, 1/13) The Sacramento Bee: California State Audit Blasts Parental Fee Program For Disabled Child Care State Highlights: Bill Proposed To Draw New Doctors To Rural Nebraska; L.A. County Plan Advances To Merge Health Agencies A selection of health policy stories from Nebraska, California, Colorado, Mississippi, North Carolina, Kansas, Montana, Georgia, Indiana and New York. An Indiana lawmaker has introduced a bill to prohibit abortions if the provider knows the procedure is being sought because of the fetus’s gender or due to a genetic mental or physical disability such as Down syndrome. The bill filed by Republican state Sen. Travis Holdman would make it a felony for providers to perform abortions in those instances. (Wang, 1/13) In the upcoming legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly must pass a new Medicaid plan, one that utilizes accountable care organizations, Department of Health and Human Services Sec. Aldona Wos said Tuesday. Speaking at Community Care of North Carolina’s Innovation Forum held at the McKimmon Center on the NC State University campus, Wos called on attendees to champion ACOs as the health care solution that would preserve doctors’ ability to treat patients. (Hoban, 1/14) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The governor, a Democrat, nominated his acting health commissioner, Dr. Howard A. Zucker, to take over formally at the Health Department. Dr. Zucker stepped into the spotlight late last year after he concluded that hydraulic fracturing, a controversial form of extracting natural gas from deep underground known commonly as fracking, could not be conducted safely in the state. (Craig, 1/13) North Carolina Health News: Wos Says ACOs Must Be Legislative Session Priority The Denver Post: Colorado Hospitals Hit By Medicare Penalty For High Readmission Rates The Indianapolis Star: Transgender Inmate’s Suit Puts Light On Prison Health Care center_img Madison County [Miss.] economic development officials had to cope for years with the sting of losing in 2008 a $450 million Department of Homeland Security research lab for which Flora was among a group of finalist cities. Tim Coursey, executive director of the county Economic Development Authority, said the experience of competing for that facility — Manhattan, Kansas, was ultimately chosen — convinced him Madison County had the technology and the know-how to support a top-notch research facility. He said such a place is taking shape in Canton. (Ayres, 1/14) The Clarion-Ledger: Madison County Hopes to Create Medical Hub The New York Times: Another Round Of Appointments For Cuomo’s Second Term Georgia Health News: Cigarette Tax, Med Cannabis, Autism Grab Attention The Associated Press: Attorney General Approves $74.8M Missoula Hospital Sale The Kansas Health Institute News Service: KDADS Files Medicaid Waiver Proposal Health care topics getting visibility in the first week of the General Assembly include proposals on autism, facility regulatory rules, Medicaid payments, and raising the state cigarette tax. (Miller, 1/13) [Montana] Attorney General Tim Fox has approved the sale of Community Medical Center in Missoula to a joint business venture between Billings Clinic and a Tennessee company. Fox said Monday that his Office of Consumer Protection still must sign off on the way $74.8 million received from the sale will be distributed. Because Community Medical Center is a nonprofit, the proceeds from its sale to a for-profit group must go to a foundation with a health-focused mission that serves the same area as the hospital. (1/13) The Associated Press: Proposal Seeks To Draw Medical Residents To Rural Nebraska Christa Allen wasn’t your typical inmate. Back in 2002 — four years before she was sentenced to time in the Rockville Correctional Facility — Allen had undergone a male-to-female gender-reassignment surgery. Shortly after she entered Rockville, Allen explained her medical situation to prison officials and doctors. Specifically, she informed them that the doctor who had performed the surgery had prescribed her a female hormone as well as a vaginal stent. (Guerra, 1/13) More than half of Colorado hospitals receiving Medicare payments will lose a portion of those reimbursements this year as penalty for having relatively high rates of readmissions. Hospital readmissions deemed avoidable — unplanned and occurring within 30 days of discharge — happen 2 million times a year at a cost estimated by the government of $26 billion a year. (Draper, 1/14) The state is “woefully inefficient and inconsistent” in its oversight of parental fees for 24-hour, out-of-home care for disabled children in California, leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars unbilled and charging some parents with similar incomes more or less than others, the state auditor said Tuesday. (Siders, 1/13) last_img read more