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Workshop Help for VR Is Two-Way Street

This article was first published in the January 2017 MASWM newsletter. You may download the entire newsletter PDF.
Workshop managers and leaders of MASWM recently collected important  information for Missouri’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). The effort involved critical planning by VR for new training needed to help workshops meet new federal regulations..

Last summer, VR faced a big hurdle in determining how it could best help Missouri workshops meet new regulations that are part of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). As part of those efforts, VR needed to conduct training activities throughout the state. A major hurdle quickly became apparent: where trainers and workshop staff could hold training for both small and large groups. And, which of these locations have adequate resources for the training, including internet connections and other requirements? How many would be in attendance? When would these facilities be available?

These and other questions would need answers quickly in order to proceed with the training, which by law needs to be under way—yesterday! In order to meet WIOA requirements, there was no time to lose.

Within a three-day period in August, MASWM conducted and delivered a statewide survey that included responses from every MASWM workshop in the state. VR officials acknowledged the impressive results at the October MASWM meeting.

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