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Monday, 26 March, 2012

NDI Training and Technical Assistance Staff Members Help Maine DEI Project Increase Access

NDI training and technical assistance liaisons Jamie Robinson and Brian Ingram visited the Maine Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) project on March 21st to strategize ways to increase access to Workforce Investment Act (WIA)/One-Stop Career Center programs. Robinson and Ingram led a discussion and visual exercise around mapping customer flow, including eligibility requirements, job readiness standards and where customers with multiple resource needs may fall through the cracks. To help the Maine DEI project, they learned about a promising practice to increase WIA enrollment implemented in Oregon under the Disability Program Navigator (DPN) initiative through career mapping workshops and resource planning meetings and discussed case scenarios (challenges and success stories). Next steps for the Maine DEI project include moving forward with learning more about past and current levels of enrollments and putting goals in place to help increase access.

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