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Wednesday, June 29
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Concurrent Breakout Session: What’s New! - Latest info from both USDOL VETS and the National Veterans’ Training Institute (NVTI)

Cabin John / Arlington


What’s Happening In the VETS/JVSG/VA VR&E Space?

To support the transition of more Veterans into Apprenticeship programs, the USDOL Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Office of Apprenticeship (OA), and VA Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) teamed up with the explicit goal of increasing the number of Veterans with service-connected disabilities participating in Registered Apprenticeship programs. Participants will get an update on the project since it was rolled out nationally on October 1, 2021, learn how to continue to increase engagement with apprenticeship resources, and learn how Veterans Affairs education benefits can be used to support registered apprentices. As VR&E staff share caseloads across the nation, this has had an impact on how VR&E participants are referred to DVOPs for employment services. Hear about the initiatives taking place to ensure common practices are used among the VR&E and DVOP staff for effective communication. These practices include an updated Memorandum of Understanding and related Technical Assistance Guide, a new standardized referral form and monthly progress report, and the development of cross-training for VR&E and DVOP staff to better understand each other’s roles and responsibilities. We will also briefly touch on the Participant Individual Record Layout (PIRL) and the new elements being added to capture VR&E-related data beginning PY22.


Wendy Harrison*, Tennessee Director for Veterans’ Employment and Training (DVET), USDOL Veterans’ Employment & Training Service

Tim Johnston*, Supervisor of Employment Services, Veterans Benefits Administration, Veteran Readiness and Employment (VA)

Aleshia Miller*, Virginia Assistant Director for Veterans’ Employment and Training (ADVET), USDOL Veterans’ Employment & Training Service


What’s New at NVTI?

Representatives from Management Concepts, who operate the National Veterans Training Institute (NVTI), have developed a new JVSG Career Roadmap certificate program, as well as new courses, podcasts and microlearnings to better equip state-funded staff to serve Veterans, Transitioning Service Members, and military spouses. NVTI is also returning some training to the classroom setting. Come to this session to find out what courses you should be signing yourself and your staff up to attend as well as to get a refresher on traveling to NVTI!


Alexandra (Ali) Bergeron, NVTI Coordinator, Management Concepts

Dr. Hannah Toney, Director in Custom Learning Solutions, Management Concepts

Brandon Webb*, NVTI Program Lead, US Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment & Training Service

*Indicates individual is a Veteran, NG/Reservist, currently serving, or a military spouse.