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Date: Thu Feb 17 2005 - 06:25:05 EST

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Hi folks, there is an interesting discussion happening on the Workplace
regarding new requirements for assessment within workforce programming.
I thought that some of you might be able to comment further on their
questions, or that perhaps these questions and issues are pertinent to
you as well.  Feel free to reply here, and I will alert the Workplace
List, or join their discussion at the address I posted above.
(ps:  read the 3 posts from the bottom up)
>The Board is wanting to revamp the system.  They think
>it is a good idea to test every single person who
>works in the workforce center, even the ES clients.
>They want to do this on everyone who just comes in to
>use the computers.  They think that doing a work
>assessment skill on people looking for jobs will give
>them a better chance of finding a job.  I don't work
>for the Board.
>I feel as if something like this is implemented that
>we will have less people coming to the center.  Some
>people like to be assessed, but some people want to
>just come in and use the computers to do job search.
>However, I think they are going to make it a
>requirment of their RFP.
>I was told by my boss to do research on all different
>kinds of assessments.  Of course, I do what I am told
>to do, but I just feel that it can cause people not to
>want to come into the center.
>What do you think?
>--- Varshna Narumanchi-Jackson <>
> > Assessment varies greatly from state to state, but I believe that it

> > is considered an intensive service under WIA.
> > Self-administered vocational
> > interest assessments are freely available. There are
> > a number of
> > computer-based assessments that a jobseeker has
> > access to without
> > necessarily being enrolled in WIA.  This may be
> > dependent, I think, on a
> > workforce center contractor's skill and experience
> > with selecting and making
> > these assessments available.
> >
> > Several states have moved/are moving towards a 'work readiness' 
> > credential that is a basic skills assessment. Unless the job
> > description requires an
> > assessment of a skill that is tied to a job function
> > (e.g., typing test for
> > administrative positions), I wonder what kind of
> > assessment you might think
> > is appropriate.
> >
> > Thanks, Varshna.
> > Austin, TX
> >
> > on 2/15/05 10:10 AM, bwmjwiaco at
> > wrote:
> >
> > > I was wondering if anyone has ever considered
> > > assessing Workforce clients for their skill level
> > > before ever giving them any job referrals?
> > >
> > > I am talking about the everyday person who just
> > walks
> > > in the center to get help finding a job.
> > >
> > >

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