Assessment of Local Skill Shortages Phase II Workgroup


Town of Hempstead

Workforce Investment Board

Assessment of Local Skill Shortages Phase II Workgroup


Meeting Minutes

HempsteadWorks Career Center

August 13, 2003


Members Present


Donald Capozzo, National Council On The Aging, Inc.

Richard E. Dibble, Ph.D., New York Institute of Technology, Chairperson

Henry Graber, Graber and Company

Ana-Maria Hurtado, First Deputy Commissioner, Department of Occupational

                                                                                Resources (DOOR)

Gary Huth, New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), Division of

                    Research and Statistics

Rosanne Maraia, NYSDOL, Division of Employment Services (DoES)


Others Present


Eugenia Ghartey, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey

Todd Goldfarb, Second Deputy Commissioner, DOOR

Edward Kenny, DOOR

Joann Lukas Von Stein, DOOR


The meeting was convened at 3:10 P.M. by Dr. Dibble.  He announced that he had been appointed to chair the workgroup by Ann Steinger, WIB Vice Chairperson.  The attendees were welcomed and asked to introduce themselves.  The minutes of the meeting of March 20, 2003 were reviewed and accepted.


I.            Assessment of Local Skills Shortages Phase II Grant Update


Edward Kenny explained and distributed material to inform the group of the progress in implementing the grant to date. The material included a PowerPoint presentation and a timeline report.  He indicated that progress of the grant was delayed initially by obtaining documentation from the participants to be trained.  As a result, tuition reimbursement would be applied to the semester beginning in September of 2003.  Currently, the authority to expend grant funds, except to support the final benchmark, is limited to December 31, 2003.  Training costs beyond that date will be paid with Workforce Investment Act Title I-B Formula Funds, if necessary.  The delay in obtaining enrollment documentation could also negatively impact upon our ability to meet the performance benchmarks of the grant within the performance period; however, as the grant progresses, we will continue to negotiate performance evaluation with NYSDOL.


A PowerPoint presentation provided by Mr. Kenny described the customized training program being developed with Winthrop University Hospital and Hofstra University.  This project is being conducted in accordance with our commitment under the ALSS Phase II Grant to expand the WIB’s efforts to address skills shortages in the health care industry.  The Winthrop project, funded under Formula Funds, will provide Leadership Training to Winthrop’s management personnel to help them to retain and recruit skilled workers.  The group endorsed the project.


II.            Strategic Planning for Human Capital Advantage


The events leading to the release of the Request for Applications (RFA) pertaining this agenda item were summarized by Mr. Kenny.  Notes from the summit meeting entitled “Taking Your Local WIB to the Next Level,” facilitated by Ed Barlow, Futurist, Creating the Future, Inc., were distributed.  Also distributed was the “Tompkins County State of the Workforce Report.”  The group discussed potential activities to be conducted under the RFP, including:  conducting a community scan, resource mapping, career ladder mapping, skills shortages research, writing and publishing a state of the workforce report, convening a state of the workforce summit and crafting a marketing message.


Mr. Huth suggested that rather than convening a summit, the money might be better spent by creating a “traveling road show,” through which the WIB could engage business and business organizations with targeted presentations.  The presentations could incorporate various video, audio and/or PowerPoint.  We could create a dynamic presentation format that could evolve based upon customer need and economic conditions.


The group agreed that the WIB staff will develop a draft response to the RFA, that they would review the draft once it was complete and then reconvene to discuss it.


VI.            Adjournment


The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 P.M.