WIA: Workforce Investment ActSTATE OF NEBRASKAProgram Year 2007, July 1, 2007 through June 30, 20082007 Annual Report

AcknowledgementsTMThis is a publication of the Nebraska Workforce Investment Board.550 South 16th Street Lincoln, NE 68509-4600 Telephone: (402) 471-9903 Fax: (402) 471-9917Published September 24th, 2008Dave Heineman, GovernorCatherine D. Lang, Commissioner of Labor, State WIA LiaisonLinda Kirk, EditorVicki Leech, Performance DataCynthia Nigh, Layout and DesignJonni Cline, Expenditure ReportsNebraska Workforce Investment Board, Compliance CommitteePepper Aasgaard, Dr. Doug Christensen, Bruce Cutright, Dr. Connie Eichhorn, Roger Glawatz,Daniel Mauk, Liz Mazzotta, Patrick McCormick, Dr. Pearl Van ZandtEqual Opportunity Employer/Program Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.TDD: 1.800.833.7352 Lincoln: 402.471.27862

Table of ContentsTMTables SectionVision and Goals. 4A. Customer Satisfaction Results. 23Nebraska Workforce Investment Board. 5B. Adult Program Results. 23Committee Structure. 6C. Outcomes for Adult Special Populations. 24Nebraska Workforce Investment Board Roster. 7D. Other Outcome Information for the Adult Program. 24Workforce Investment Act Chart . 8E. Dislocated Worker Program Results. 25Services and Products. 9F. Outcomes for Dislocated Worker Special Populations. 25Customer Base. 10G. Other Outcome Information for the DislocatedMajor Career Center Partners. 11Worker Program. 26Carl D. Perkins Act. 12H.1 Youth (14–21) Program Results. 26Nebraska Local Workforce Investment Areas. 13H.2 Older Youth (19–21) Results. 26Revenues. 14I. Outcomes for Older Youth Special Populations. 27Workforce Investment Act Financial Statement. 15J. Younger Youth (14–18) Results . 27Career Center Office Locations. 16K. Outcomes for Younger Youth Special Populations. 28Awards and Recognition. 17L. Other Reported Information. 28Successes. 18M. Participation Levels. 28Evaluations and Continuous Improvement. 19N. Cost of Program Activities. 29Analysis of Performance. 20O. Local Performance. 30Key Web Sites. 21Greater Nebraska Workforce Investment Area. 30Greater Omaha Tri County Workforce Investment Area. 31Greater Lincoln Workforce Investment Area. 32Nebraska Workforce Development is a Proud Member of America’s Workforce Network3

Vision and GoalsTMNebraska’s Vision.Our vision for the years ahead must be about preparing Nebraska to compete in the 21stCentury, in an age of technological marvels, new educational challenges, internationalcompetition and entrepreneurial opportunity.Governor Dave HeinemanThe Governor’s Vision is expressed in four goals: Be a dynamic, demand-driven workforce development system focusing on highgrowth, high-demand industries within a regional development context; Continue to increase the integration of services to employers and job seekers bymultiple public and private partners; Recognize the need to meet the changing long and short-term needs of businesses andindividuals with a coordinated, efficient, and less bureaucratic delivery system; and Provide the knowledge, skills and resources for learning, earning, and living.“Nebraska’s Workforce Development System continues to move forward. DedicatedWorkforce Investment Boards and staff work hard to leverage resources withcommunity and education partners that provide opportunities for training, education,and job placement. As we look ahead, we will center our attention on an integratedapproach to expand trade, industry, and workforce development ensuring the futurevitality of our citizens and Nebraska’s economic environment.”Governor Dave Heineman4

Nebraska Workforce Investment Board Organized in December, 1999. 45 Members Majority of membership (23) comes from business and industry. The Chair is Gayle McClure (Dutton-Lainson Co. - Hastings, NE) The Vice-Chair is Jim Linderholm (HWS Consulting Group Inc., Lincoln, NE)The Board is a public body as defined by Nebraska law and is subject to both thePublic Records law and the Public Meeting law requirements.Dan Mauk, PresidentRiverfront Group Inc./NorfolkChamber of Commerce andNWIB member“As a businessman and Chamber of Commerce CEO, I see therole of the business community in the Workforce Investment Act(WIA) as increasingly more important. Fueled both by a mismatchof skill sets and the massive demographic shift of baby boomersexiting the workforce, serious labor shortages are emerging.To keep Nebraska’s economy growing, the WIA local and stateboards along with the Nebraska Departments of Labor, Education,and Economic Development must work together to addressthese forces of change. I consider the time I spend with both theNebraska and the Greater Nebraska Workforce Investment Boardsas well spent.”Dan Mauk, President Riverfront Group Inc./NorfolkChamber of Commerce and Nebraska Workforce Investment Board member5TM

Committee StructureTMSTANDING COMMITTEESExecutive CommitteeCompliance Committee Authority to act on behalfof the NWIB betweenscheduled meetings. Grant planning,administration and servicedelivery. Performance measures. Youth services andprograms. Adoption of continuousimprovement.Bruce Cutright, ChairVice President of HumanResources, Mary LanningMemorial Hospital, HastingsGayle McClure, ChairSr. Vice President, DuttonLainson Co., Hastings Allocations.SPECIAL COMMITTEESGoal #1Goal #2 Increase partnerships andopportunities to meet thetwenty-first century needsof our workforce customers(employers and labor force). Enhance external andinternal relationships of theNWIB to address workforceissues.Jolene Jefferies, ChairDirector of Employment;Union Pacific RailroadOmahaGoal #3 Define and energize NWIBroles and responsibilities.Dan Mauk, ChairPresident Riverfront GroupInc./Norfolk Chamber ofCommerceTom Whalen, ChairVice President of HumanResources and OrganizationalDevelopment, BlueCross BlueShield of Nebraska - Omaha6Goal #4 Develop diverse incomestreams to support adynamic, demand-drivenWorkforce DevelopmentSystem.

Nebraska Workforce Investment Board RosterBUSINESSGayle McClure, ChairJim Linderholm, Vice ChairPepper AasgaardMichael AbramsonMitch ArnoldTammie BurnsBruce CutrightKay EricksonMathew FleischerMichael GearyJ. Brent GilbertLarry HiersJolene JefferiesM. L. MartinLiz MazzottaPatrick McCormickMichelle OkonBetty PalmerWayne SasgesBecky StittSuzanne Mahel TyrrellJames WebsterTom WhalenGOVERNOR OF ngsAlbionColumbusOmahaOmahaSidneyOmahaNorth PlatteOmahaOmahaOmahaSpringviewGrand IslandScottsbluffLincolnOmahaOmahaGovernor Dave HeinemanLincolnLEGISLATURESen. Abbie CornettSen. Tony FultonBellevueLincolnKen MassMark McColleyOmahaOmahaLABORGOVERNOR DESIGNATEMayor Roger E. GlawatzPatricia “Sue” HartwellMichelle OlsonPaulo ReynosoClyde TyndallDr. Pearl Van ZandtSewardCreteOmahaNorth PlatteLincolnLincolnYOUTHDr. Connie EichhornRonald Johns7OmahaGeringTMSTATE AGENCYEconomic DevelopmentRichard BaierLincolnEducationDr. Douglas ChristensenLincolnHealth and Human ServicesChristine PetersonLincolnLaborFernando Lecuona IIIOmahaPost Secondary EducationMarshall HillLincolnUniversity of NebraskaPete KotsiopulosLincolnVeterans’ AffairsJohn HilgertLincolnCOMMUNITY BASEDORGANIZATIONDennis BaackDaniel MaukLincolnNorfolk

Workforce Investment ActTMGovernor Dave HeinemanNebraska Workforce Investment BoardGreater LincolnWorkforce Investment Area(Serves Lancaster & Saunders Counties)CEO: Mayor Chris BeutlerGreater OmahaTri County Workforce Investment Area(Serves Douglas, Washington & SarpyCounties)CEO: Mayor Mike FaheyLocal Workforce Investment BoardLocal Workforce Investment BoardLocal Youth CouncilLocal Youth CouncilWorkforce Investment Areas Are Responsible For: Local plan and budget Establish and certify One Stop Delivery System Provide Rapid Response services to laid off and dislocated workers Choose eligible service providers Establish performance accountability system Establish reporting and monitoring capabilities Develop and implement a continuous improvement planGreater NebraskaWorkforce Investment Area(Serves 88 rural county area)CEO: Local Elected Officials BoardRegion I – County Commissioner DonaldW Blausey, Chadron; County CommissionerCasper Brixius, Alliance; Mayor WendallGaston, SidneyRegion II – County Commissioner LindaBenjamin, Cozad; Mayor Dennis Berry,McCook; County Commissioner Joe Hewgley,North PlatteRegion III – Mayor Stanley Clouse, Kearney;County Supervisor Pamela Lancaster, GrandIsland; Mayor Hal Haeker, AlmaRegion IV – Mayor Jo Dee Adelung, NebraskaCity; Mayor Roger E. Glawatz, Seward;County Commissioner Joy Schroder, PalmyraRegion V –Mayor Don Edwards, Fremont;County Supervisor Ron Pfeifer, Lindsay;Mayor Lois Shelton, WayneLocal Workforce Investment BoardLocal Youth Council8

Services and ProductsTMCore ServicesIntensive ServicesYouth Services Eligibility Determination Comprehensive and Specialized Assessments Outreach, Intake, and Orientation to AvailableServices Development of an Individual Employment Plan Tutoring, Study Skills Training, and DropoutPrevention Strategies Initial Assessment Individual Counseling and Career Planning Job Search Case Management Placement Assistance Short-term Prevocational Services Career Counseling Labor Market Information Delivery Performance and Program Cost Information onEligible Providers of Training Services Local Area Performance Information Information on Filing Claims for UnemploymentCompensation Group Counseling Alternative Secondary School Services Summer Employment Opportunities Work Experiences, including Internships andJob Shadowing Occupational Skills TrainingTraining Services Leadership Development Opportunities Occupational Skills Training Adult Mentoring On-the-Job Training Follow-Up Services Combination of Workplace Training with RelatedInstructions Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Private Sector Training Assistance in Establishing Eligibility for otherprograms Skill Upgrade and Retraining Follow-Up Service Job Readiness Training Supportive Service Information Provided Adult Education and Literacy Activities Entrepreneurial Training English as a Second LanguageSupportive Services As defined in Local Plans, may includeservices such as transportation, child care,dependent care, housing, needs-relatedpayments that are necessary to enable anindividual to participate in authorizedactivities. Customized Training“I’m writing to let you know that finally I have found a new position. Thank you so much forfacilitating the Experience Unlimited noontime meetings on Thursdays. I learned so much fromthe handouts, presentations, and discussions as well as from the stories of the experience of otherattendees. Those meetings were my weekly anchor and inspiration and comfort. It is so hard to haveyour career cut off and be forced to navigate a new way to make a living while trying not to slipbackward financially. It’s a tense and frightening time, but you helped so much.”Customer of the One-Stop Career Center in Lincoln9

Customer BaseTM*Accessing ServicesThrough One-Stop System50,000Labor Force(June 030,000Employment(June t(June terNebraskaGreaterOmahaGreaterLincoln* Self-service customers may not always be incoln

Major Career Center PartnersTMPartners Working Together AdultEducation and Literacy AdultEmployment and Training Activities Community DislocatedServices Block GrantWorker Employment and Training Activities Employment Health JobServicesand Human Services—Employment FirstCorps Migrantand Seasonal Farmworker Programs Native AmericanPrograms PostSecondary Vocational Education TitleV of the Older Americans Act Trade Adjustment Assistance U.S.Department of Housing / Urban Develpment Employmentand Training Programs UnemploymentInsurance Veterans’ Programs VocationalRehabilitation Youth Activities11The picture above was taken on June 11, 2008 at a RegionalForum hosted by the Greater Lincoln Workforce InvestmentBoard, the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development,Southeast Community College, and Lincoln’s UrbanDevelopment Department. The event attracted 36 attendeesfrom a 12 county area and included representatives frombusiness, education, economic development and workforcedevelopment. The Forum provided an opportunity forinformation exchange regarding regional economicconditions. The featured speakers were Byron Zuidema,Region V Administrator, U.S. Department of Labor and Dr.Peter Creticos of The Institute for Work and the Economy.Topics included the importance of regionalism, WIREDprinciples, and the Midwest Regional Innovation Initiative,a 10 state planning grant being submitted on behalf of theGreat Lakes Employment & Training Administration.

Carl D. Perkins ActTMIn the next five years, what changes can beexpected in Perkins funded activities?The implementation of the NebraskaCareer Education model and the State Planfor Perkins IV requires emphasis in areasdesigned to result in program improvementand increased student achievement. Theseareas are: Student Achievement; Secondary/Postsecondary Alignment; Alignment toRegional Economies and High Skill, HighWage, and High Demand; Programs ofStudy, Curriculum Development; InnovativeDelivery Models and Equity of Access toInstruction; Professional Development; SpecialPopulations; and School Counseling andCareer Guidance.Has Nebraska met the Perkins goals/objectives to satisfy the funding sourcerequirements?Nebraska continues to meet or exceed ourestablished goals and objectives as defined inthe Perkins legislation and our State Plan.What feedback do we have on the actionstaken to coordinate the career developmentand management systems in the stateof Nebraska and how have they beenbeneficial to career education, WIA, and theparticipants?Nebraska Career Education remainscommitted to collaboration between all serviceproviders in the career development andmanagement system. Our frequent meetingswith Workforce Development, continuedinvolvement with FutureForce Nebraska,and work to implement the Nebraska CareerEducation Model have helped to create acommon language around career developmentand coordinate efforts.The Nebraska Career Connections websitecontinues to grow in its acceptance by schoolsand use by students. As more studentscontinue to take the assessments, the state hasthe ability to secure aggregate informationabout career interests of students. Thisinformation is essential as schools evaluatewhat programs to offer and how to connectto postsecondary education, WIA and otherservice providers.12What does Perkins do to encouragenontraditional workers in a variety ofoccupations across Nebraska?Nebraska continues to provide grants tolocal secondary schools and communitycolleges to encourage the efforts of recruitingand retaining nontraditional workers incareer and technical education programs.We are currently conducting a study ofthe effectiveness of our efforts as well asidentification of perceptions and barriers thatexist that might deter nontraditional studentsand special populations from enrolling andcompleting CTE programs.Comment: The Compliance Committeereviewed the information on coordinationwith the Federal Carl D. Perkins Career andTechnical Education Improvement Act of 2006(Perkins IV) and found it acceptable.

Nebraska Local Workforce Investment AreasKeya rownDixonDakotaBox ne(Sidney)DeuelPlatte(Columbus) ncoln(North CumingHitchcockRed WillowFurnas(McCook)Greater Lincoln Workforce Investment AreaGreater Omaha Workforce Investment eward(Seward) (Wilber)BurtDodge Washington(Fremont)NanceKeithPerkinsGreater NE WorkforceInvestment AreaRegion IRegion IIRegion IIIRegion IVRegion VWayne(Norfolk)BooneArthurPierceMadison tts Bluff(Scottsbluff)TMCassOtoe(Nebraska City)Johnson NemahaGageJefferson (Beatrice) PawneeRichardson(Falls City)

RevenuesTMProgram Year 2007WIA Title I FundingTotal 7,940,968Local Area FundingAdult 1,715,753Youth 2,758,238State Level FundingTotal 6,331,927Greater NebraskaArea 2,531,795Total 1,609,041Dislocated Workers 3,466,977StatewidePrograms 652,560Greater LincolnArea 820,110Greater OmahaArea 2,980,022StateAdministration 435,038Rapid Response 303,92214Incentive/TA/CapacityBuilding 217,521

WIA Financial StatementTMBalanceRemainingOperating ResultsAvailableTotal All Funds Sources 11,346,534 7,424,76565.4% 3,921,769Adult Program FundsCarry in Monies (no add) 2,513,960 692,967 1,796,993 692,96771.5%100% 716,967 0Dislocated Worker Program FundsCarry in Monies (no add) 1,027,337 668,285 633,939 668,28561.7%100% 393,398 0Youth Program FundsCarry in Monies (no add) 2,081,916 735,648 1,437,650 735,64869.1%100% 644,266 0Out-of-School YouthIn-School YouthExpendedPercent 1,606,847 566,451Local Administration FundsCarry in Monies (no add) 708,714 287,545 344,278 287,54548.6%100% 364,436 0Rapid Response FundsCarry in Monies (no add) 303,922 54,172 32,956 54,17210.8%100% 270,966 0Statewide Activity FundsCarry in Monies (no add) 1,305,119 966,949 195,397 544,93515.0%56.4% 1,109,722 422,01415Cost-EffectivenessC-E RatioOverall, All Program Strategies 2,693Adult Program 2,715Dislocated Worker Program 2,696Youth Program 2,667NOTE: The U.S. Department of Labor applied threedifferent rescissions to various WIA funds during FY2008 including: To the FY 2007 advance funds for the WIA Adult andDislocated Worker programs, a 1.0 percent across-theboard rescission. Nebraska’s rescission amount for theAdult program was 17,756. Nebraska’s rescissionamount for the Dislocated Worker program was 23,816. To the FY 2008 advance funds for the WIA Adult andDislocated Worker programs, a 1.747 percent acrossthe-board rescission. Nebraska’s rescission amount forthe Adult program was 31,019. Nebraska’s rescissionamount for the Dislocated Worker program was 46,635. To unexpended balances of formula funds appropriatedfor PY 2005 and PY 2006 including fund yearsources PY 2005, FY 2006, PY 2006, and FY 2007,a rescission applicable to the WIA Adult, DislocatedWorker, and Youth programs. This rescission reducedNebraska’s funds by 2,351,711.

Career Center Office LocationsTMCareer Centers serve as the cornerstone of the Workforce Investment system. These centers unify training,education, and employment programs into one customer-friendly system in each community.Includes Comprehensive and Affiliate SitesDenotes Certified Comprehensive Career CenterAlliance302 Box Butte AvenueAlliance, NE 69301-3342(308) 763-2935Fax: (308) 763-2936Beatrice5109 West Scott RoadSuite 413Beatrice, NE 68310-7059(402) 223-6060Fax: (402) 223-6088Chadron1033 E. 3rd St, Ste. 1Chadron, NE 69337-0930(308) 432-0537Fax: (308) 432-6004Certified Affiliate One Stop Career CenterChadronOmahaBlue Lion Centre *2421 North 24th StreetOmaha, NE 68110(402) 444-4700Fax: (402) 444-3755NorfolkAllianceScottsbluff5717 F StreetOmaha, NE 68117(402) 595-2348Fax: (402) 595-3051Columbus FremontSidneyNorth PlatteLexingtonHoldregeColumbus3020 18th St., Ste. #1Columbus, NE 68601-4254(402) 564-7160Fax: (402) 563-2715OmahaGrand IslandYorkKearneyHastingsLincolnNebraska CityBeatriceMcCookFalls CityScottsbluff1930 East 20th Place, Ste. 200Scottsbluff, NE69361-2708(308) 632-1420Fax: (308) 632-1414Sidney923 8th AvenueSidney, NE 69162-1418(308) 254-6937Fax: (308) 254-6916Falls City1705 Stone StreetFalls City, NE 68355(402) 245-4401Fax: (402) 245-4402Grand Island *1306 West 3rd StreetGrand Island, NE 68801(308) 385-6300Fax: (308) 385-6029Holdrege502 East Avenue, 2nd FloorHoldrege, NE 68949-0073(308) 995-5627Fax: (308) 995-5321Lexington1308 North AdamsLexington, NE 68850(308) 324-2064Fax: (308) 324-6320McCook220 West 1st StreetMcCook, NE 69001-3601(308) 345-8470Fax: (308) 345-8471York510 Lincoln AvenueYork, NE 68467-2997Norfolk105 East Norfolk Ave., Ste 100 (402) 362-5891Fax: (402) 362-5901Norfolk, NE 68701(402) 370-3430Fax: (402) 370-4431Fremont835 N. Broad Street,Suite 102Fremont, NE 68025-5136(402) 727-3250Fax: (402) 727-3264HastingsLandmark Center, Ste. 3382727 West 2nd StreetHastings, NE 68901-4684(402) 462-1867Fax: (402) 462-1896Kearney124 West 46th Street, Ste. 106Kearney, NE 68847-8348(308) 865-5404Fax: (308) 865-5407Lincoln *1010 "N" StreetLincoln, NE 68508(402) 471-2275Fax: (402) 471-9776 or(402) 441-6038Nebraska City905 Third CorsoNebraska City, NE 68410-0700(402) 873-3384Fax: (402) 873-3552North Platte306 East 6th, Ste. 140North Platte, NE 69101-4160(308) 535-8320Fax: (308) 535-808516

Awards and RecognitionTMGreater Omaha Board member Frank McGree with GoodwillIndustries received the P.J. Trevethan Award. Thisaward is presented to a Goodwill Industries CEO whohas made an outstanding contribution to the trainingof Goodwill Industries personnel. Tri-County Partnership was named one of threeregional winners of the 2008 GLETA Award forExcellence in Innovative Programs in a One-Stop at theHeartland Professional Development Conference in StLouis. This award recognizes their unique partnershipwith Metropolitan Community College to increase thebasic skill levels of youth clients through assessmentand instruction. Board member Eardie Williams has receivedtwo awards: An ACE Award from Gordmans forAchievement & Commitment to Excellence and asecond place Trophy in Toastmaster’s InternationalSpeech Contest.Statewide Central Community College and SoutheastCommunity College received a grant totaling 2.1 million for a health-care initiative involving40 Nebraska counties. To meet the increaseddemand for skilled labor in healthcare services,the Healthcare Synergy project will develop newoccupational and physical therapy assistant trainingprograms. Metropolitan Community College received a 1,879,612 Community-Based Job Training grantfor an information technology initiative designedto meet the increasing demand for informationtechnology workers, particularly in EasternNebraska.Greater Nebraska Western Nebraska Community College’s LicensedPractical Nursing program recently celebrated 50years of educating and training LPNs. Throughpartnerships with the local Workforce DevelopmentOffice, Donna Kuskie (Workforce Coordinator) hasbeen sponsoring on average four students per yearfor the past 6 years. Linda Kehn, Workforce Coordinator, was selected toreceive the 2008 Outstanding Student Award fromthe Division of Social Sciences at Western NebraskaCommunity College. The North Platte Career Center was awarded a 4,000 grant from Mid Nebraska CommunityFoundation to use in supplementing direct clientservices with WIA funds for the Region II area. Karin Lange, Regional Manager, received theWomen of Achievement Award given by theNorth Platte Telegraph. Katy Schulte, Lexington Office Career Center Staff,is the new President of the Dawson County Chamberof Commerce. Karen Rongish was named the NE Department ofLabor’s Employee of the Year for 2007. Kendrick Marshall, Norfolk Career Center Manager,helped establish a young professionals group in theNorfolk area. The group known as the Norfolk CLiC(Connecting Leaders in the Community) createsprofessional and social networking opportunitiesand also engages in community service. Dawson County, led by John Bell, Greater NebraskaWIB Youth Council Member, received the WorkforceDevelopment Award at the annual NebraskaCommunity Improvement Program AwardsCeremony in November 2007 for the AdvocatingBusiness Labor Education Program.17Greater Lincoln Houston Doan, Workforce Investment Board memberfrom the Lincoln Area Agency on Aging LIFE Officereceived the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for 2007. Hewas recognized along with a LIFE Office co-workerfor providing compassionate, humane, face-to-facecustomer service to elderly clients and their families.In addition to his work in enrolling older adults inMedicare D Prescription Drug Benefits, Doan runsOperation ABLE, an employment program for lowincome adults located at the Lincoln One Stop CareerCenter. The U.S. Department of Labor announced a 250,000Regional Innovation Grant to the Greater LincolnWorkforce Investment Board for a 12-county area ofsoutheast Nebraska to establish plans for promotingeconomic growth and addressing current and futuredislocation events. The City of Lincoln’s UrbanDevelopment Department applied for the grant onbehalf of the Greater Lincoln Workforce InvestmentBoard (Lancaster and Saunders counties) and theLincoln Area Development Partners (Fillmore,Gage, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson,Saline, Seward and York counties). The Lincoln AreaDevelopment Partners is a program under the LincolnPartnership for Economic Development (LPED).Other key partners are Southeast Community College,the Greater Nebraska Workforce Investment Board,Nebraska Workforce Development-Department ofLabor, FutureForce Nebraska, and “Dream it Do it.” In the past year, the city of Lincoln has received thefollowing recognition: “Entrepreneurial Hot Spot”(National Policy Research Council); A “5-Star BusinessOpportunity Metro” (Expansion ManagementMagazine); One of the “Hottest Midsize Cities”(Inc. Magazine); A “5 Star Quality of Life Metro”(Expansion Management Magazine).

SuccessesBryan’s Story“I came to the Nebraska Workforce Development Officerequesting any support that might help me to find ajob as a welder. Although I had successfully completeda 12 week basic welder course at the local CommunityCollege in 2007, I struggled to find a welding job. Thanksto the help and support of the Workforce Developmentstaff, I started participating with the WIA trainingprogram in 2008. Staff with the WIA program searchedfor an opportunity to provide me with on the jobtraining (OJT) as a welder. I started my training at BehlenManufacturing as a welder in January. I applied the skillsI learned from my previous training and started learningnew things. WIA has been very helpful understandingmy needs. Behlen Manufacturing also is providing mewith the appropriate welding training and I am veryglad to be part of the Behlen’s team.”Greater Nebraska Adult Program CustomerAshley’s StoryAbout a year ago, Ashley’s life drastically changed.The then 18-year-old from Blair had been attendingMetropolitan Community College, she had two jobs,owned her own house and made a sizable paycheck.Then, Ashley had her daughter Faith. Suddenly, lifebecame a lot harder. She could no longer afford the timeor money needed for jobs, school and a house. She had tomove back in with her parents, quit one of her jobs andaccept help from her family. “I saved every penny I madebut I was barely keeping my head above water,” Ashleysaid. She finally went to the Health and Human Servicesoffice, who gave her many options. One of them was forthe Goodwill Youth Partnership for Youth Development.The Partnership program helped Ashley get back on herfeet, paying for her tuition to school for an accelerateddegree in health care management. “It’s just amazingthat no one knows about this program really,” Ashley,now 19, said. “Any single mother who needs to get aneducation needs to be a part of this program.”Ashleywill graduate in May 2009.TMKaren’s StoryWhen Karen applied for services, she had been out of thelabor force for over a year since fleeing

Sen. Abbie Cornett Bellevue Sen. Tony Fulton Lincoln LABOR Ken Mass Omaha Mark McColley Omaha GOVERNOR DESIGNATE Mayor Roger E . Clyde Tyndall Lincoln Dr. Pearl Van Zandt Lincoln YOUTH Dr. Connie Eichhorn Omaha Ronald Johns Gering STATE AGENCY Economic Development Richard Baier Lincoln Education