January 24, 2013 | Issue 43  
ANNOUNCEMENTS

“Let’s Go To Work California!” Awardees Who Will Document Innovative Practices for Integrated Competitive Employment"
The California Employment Consortium for Youth and Young Adults with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities (CECY) lead by the Tarjan Center at the University of California Los Angeles awarded seven grants as part of the “Let’s Go To Work California!” Initiative. Selected programs are located in diverse communities across California. Awardees will shed light on specific barriers to employment and describe new solutions that can be utilized by programs across the state. These solutions include: using hybrid funding streams to overcome forced tracking, obtaining industry certificates to become more competitive in the job market, creating collaborations to increase job development capacity after funding cuts, and more.
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EMPLOYMENT-  VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Making Careers Happen Virtual Conference
Date: February 27th – March 1st, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

The Making Careers Happen virtual conference will be held across three consecutive days from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time using WebEx - a highly accessible web conferencing tool. A Google Hangout will run from 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time, providing an opportunity for participants to discuss content with the presenters.
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EMPLOYMENT- FIGURES AND FACTS

SELN Accomplishments and Trends  
States are in very different places and managing through strong political and economic realities. But many have focused efforts to address systems issues and make changes to improve integrated employment outcomes. It is important to start, be strategic, and stay true to a clear, focused goal. More and more individual’s everyday are ready to work in the community and make competitive wages.
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