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Grants used to align workforce data for San Antonio jobs

Monday, July 6th, 2015

A new batch of grant money is going to improve workforce strategies for San Antonio jobs, among other jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor and workforce agencies nationwide are working together in the Workforce Data Quality Initiative. In support of this initiative, the department is announcing $10 million for the program’s fifth round to help nine states build or expand their longitudinal databases that link workforce and education data.

Grantees must use these longitudinal databases to conduct research and analysis aimed at determining the effectiveness of workforce and education programs.

They will also develop tools to inform customers better about the benefits of the federally funded workforce system. Information gathered through this initiative will develop tools to inform consumer choice about the benefits of the publicly funded workforce system.

Two new states — Alaska and Tennessee — will receive first-time grants in the WDQI program, while seven states — Arkansas, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington — will use the additional funding to expand work already initiated on their databases.

Grantees will be expected to achieve multiple goals during the three-year grant period. These goals include:

Developing or improving state workforce longitudinal data systems with individual-level information;
Enabling workforce data to be matched with education data to create longitudinal data systems;
Improving the quality and breadth of the data in the workforce data systems;
Using longitudinal data to provide useful information about program operations;
Analyzing the performance of education and employment training programs; and
Providing user-friendly information to consumers, in the form of scorecards or integrated digital platforms, to help them select the training and education programs that best suit their needs.