Applications for the $100 million TechHire Partnership grant program, funded by the Department of Labor, are due in less than two months (March 11). To help those interested in applying get a sense for how to incorporate labor market data, we hosted two webinars covering the same topics—the latest one this week.
Emsi’s Doug Heckman and John Hawkins provided background on the grant, went through the particular types of data required in the funding announcement, and gave an example of one way to go about a data analysis for your grant application. (We covered pertinent details after the grant was announced here.)
You can view a recording of the webinar below and access the slides here. Scroll down for further grant-related resources.
In the Q&A session after both webinars, we received a huge number of questions on H1-B occupations, what constitutes an IT job, best practices from our clients, and more. Here are further links touching on these topics.
Identifying H1-B Occupations and Industries
- The DOL Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has a clickable map with state-level profiles showing the top five H1-B occupations.
- The US Citizenship and Immigration Services Office has a report listing H1-B petitions approved by detailed occupation in FY 2011-12 (see Table 9A).
- If you know of further resources, please comment below.
Defining IT Occupations
- For the full list of the 14 occupations we used in our webinar data example, see the table at the end of our post on mapping where IT jobs are projected to grow the next five years. We included the 13 computer occupations in the Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) system, plus computer and information systems managers.
- You can also define tech jobs at the industry level, but since many industries employ database administrators, software engineers, etc., it’s best to look at IT at the occupational level.
We briefly touched on examples of our clients who have successfully won and implemented training grants. The following are the case studies we mentioned:
- Tompkins Cortland Community College: TC3 won $2.3 million in New York state grants to help start its innovative Farm to Bistro program. Read the full story.
- Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program: After at least 3,000 coal miners were put out of work, EKCEP won $5.2 million in DOL training grant funds. It used Emsi data to win the grant money and set up a plan to retrain the displaced workers. Read the full story.
- Iowa community colleges: Led by Hawkeye Community College, Iowa two-year schools were awarded $15 million in TAACCCT grant money to train for in-demand jobs and supply students with career and education information. Read more here.