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Friday, June 30, 2017

EXCEL Employment Workshop Hosted by the U.S Department of Labor

Date(s): June 30, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM  EST - 2:30 PM  EST

ECNV, 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305. Arlington VA, 22201

EXCEL Employment Group Presents...

Registered Apprenticeships; Hosted by the U.S Department of Labor

When: June 30, 1-2:30 p.m.
Where: ECNV, 2300 Clarendon Blvd, suite 305, Arlington, VA 22201
RSVP to or call 703-673-4497. Please notify us regarding any accommodation needs.

A Registered Apprenticeship is one of the best methods of securing meaningful employment. The Registered Apprenticeship system provides the opportunity for workers seeking high-skilled, high- paying jobs and for employers seeking to build a qualified workforce.

During this employment workshop, Carolyn Jones and Ricky Godbolt, from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship and Office of Disability Employment Policy will be providing an in-depth overview of Registered Apprenticeships.

In this workshop, we will convey the basics of the registered apprenticeship system, including:
•          What is a registered apprenticeship program?
•          How is it different from apprenticeship programs that are not registered?
•          For what kinds of occupations are there apprenticeship programs?  In what industries?
•          How can one leverage an apprenticeship into meaningful employment?
•          How are apprentices paid?  How much are they paid?
•          How do apprentices get on-the-job training?
•          How do apprentices get classroom instruction that is related to their on-the-job training?
•          What are the advantages of becoming an apprentice in a registered program?
•          How does one become an apprentice in a registered program?
•          How can an apprentice be sure that he or she will receive truly high-quality training that gives him or her transferable and in-demand skills that can earn him or her a living wage?
•          Are there any prohibitions on apprenticeship programs discriminating against people with disabilities?

Carolyn Jones serves as a senior policy advisor on the Youth Policy Team in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. She provides expert policy and program analysis and recommendations in support of competitive employment for youth and young adults with disabilities.
Carolyn’s prior experience includes serving as Division Chief of the City of Alexandria’s One-Stop Workforce Development Center. The center had a primary focus on the integration of workforce systems, capacity building, and seamless service delivery to further enrich and promote employment opportunities. It facilitated collaboration and program alignment for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), public benefits systems (SNAP, Medicaid, Childcare), and other related City employment initiatives.  

Carolyn served as the Assistant Commissioner at the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities in Chicago from 2004 to 2011. She contributed to the development of Chicago’s 2016 Olympic and Paralympic bid, administered the Reasonable Accommodation Appeals Process for City employees, and directed administration of Youth Employment Initiatives for youth with disabilities. She also managed the certification process for Business Enterprises Owned and Operated by People with Disabilities, and provided technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Carolyn started her career in the disability field in 2002 as Program Director at Thresholds Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centers in Chicago. She was responsible for developing and executing sustainable employment placement and retention strategies for adults with mental health disabilities.
Carolyn possesses an MBA in human resource management and a BA in administrative studies from Roosevelt University.  She also holds certifications in workforce development, diversity and inclusion, and veteran employment and recruitment. 


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