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Welcome
Information Technology Workforce Program Design
Grant Program
Bidders’ Webinar
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Presenters
Rebekah Lashman, Commonwealth Corporation
Theresa Rowland, Commonwealth Corporation
October 14, 2014
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Today’s Webinar Will Cover…
• Overview of Request for Proposals
• Grant Application Package Attachments
• Answers about the RFP or Application
Package
If you encounter any technical issues during this session please contact
Angela Holley at 617-717-6911.
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Status
Attendee List
Presentation Area
Chat Box
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Key Dates
Activity
Date
Deadline for Written
Questions
October 28, 2014
Applications Due
November 12, 2014 at Noon
Applicants Notified of Status
December 2014
Estimated Contract
Start Date
January 2015
Contract End Date
April 2015
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Overview
Funding Availability: $250,000
Match Requirement: None
Duration of Contracts: 4 Months
Maximum Amount Per Grant: $25,000
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Eligible Lead Applicants
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Employers and employer associations
Local workforce investment boards
Labor organizations
Joint labor management partnerships
Community-based organizations
Institutions of higher education
Kindergarten through Gr. 12, inclusive, and vocational education
institutions
• One-stop career centers
• Local workforce development entities
• Private for-profit and non-profit organizations providing
education and workforce training
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Partners
• A minimum of two employers with operations in
Massachusetts and that employ Massachusetts
residents in the target occupations.
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Have projected vacancies in the target occupations
Willing to consider future graduates
Engage in program design process
Must sign the MOA
• Applicants are encouraged to identify additional
partners
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Program RFP
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Goals of the Grant Program
• Work collaboratively through industry
partnerships to:
– design training and employment programs to
prepare and place unemployed and
underemployed individuals in information
technology occupations; and
– build regional training capacity across the
Commonwealth for information technology
occupations.
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RFP
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Goals of the Grant Program
• Applicants may also focus their program design
efforts to include the following activities:
– improve employment in information technology
occupations for low-income individuals, women and
minorities;
– develop strong career awareness and advising programs for
kindergarten to grade 12, inclusive, postsecondary,
disconnected youth, underemployed workers and
unemployed adults;
– increase support for internship and apprentice training;
– boost industry-relevant instructor capacity for high school
and postsecondary programs.
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Information Technology Workforce
Training and Placement Grants
• Estimate that $3.35M may be available for
this purpose
• Grant Awards: not likely to exceed $350,000
• Grant Duration: up to two years in duration
• Applicants will not be required to have
applied for or received a Program Design
Grant to be eligible for Training and
Placement Grant funds
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RFP
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Target Population
• Design training and employment programs for
Massachusetts residents
– Strong preference: Unemployed
• Individual who is currently not employed
– May qualify: Underemployed
• Individual who is working in a low wage job
– Not intended for incumbent workers
• May include recent college graduates or career
changers working in other occupations or low wage
jobs
• More information about Workforce Training Fund in
RFP
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Target Occupations
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Computer Programmers (SOC 15-1131)
Software Developers, Applications (SOC 15-1132)
Software Developers, Systems Software (SOC 15-1133)
Computer User Support Specialists (SOC 15-1151)
Computer Systems Analysts (SOC 15-1121)
Information Security Analysts (SOC 15-1122)
Web Developers (SOC 15-1134)
Database Administrators (SOC 15-1141)
Network and Computer Systems Administrators (SOC 15-1142)
Computer Network Architects (SOC 15-1143)
Computer Network Support Specialists (SOC 15-1152)
Computer Hardware Engineers (SOC 17-2061)
Other –must provide description/definition of the occupation with SOC
Code and supporting evidence of demand by employers
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Allowable Costs
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Assessing the relevance, quantity and quality of existing training,
employment or education programs that serve as a source of
workforce supply
Developing a plan to improve or create programs to supply future
workers with required skills/competencies
Developing a plan to deliver the required training/education to
unemployed or underemployed workers
Developing a plan to successfully place training participants in
employment in the target occupations
Developing a plan to provide hands-on training and work experience,
including internships, in the target occupations to participants;
Development of curriculum
Other activities required to develop a plan to address the expressed
business need
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Application Package
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Part 1: Application Summary Form
Part 2: Application Narrative Form
Part 3: Work Plan Form
Part 4: Budget & Budget Narrative Forms
(Excel)
• Part 5: Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
• Part 6: Certificate of Good Standing
• Part 7: Certification
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Part 1: Application Summary Form
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Cover Page
• Summary Level Information
• Project Summary will be shared publicly for
all organizations awarded funding
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Part 2: Application Narrative Form
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Narrative Questions
• Do not exceed 10 pages
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Part 3: Work Plan Form
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All proposed program design activities
• Basis for mid-point check in and final report
• Sufficient detail to allow reviewers to assess
likelihood of completing proposed activities
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Part 4: Budget & Budget Narrative Forms
(EXCEL)
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Forms are in Excel File
• Detailed instructions on Part 4 in RFP
• Budgets will be used to evaluate applications
• Budget Form (4a)
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Summary Level
Budget Narrative (4b)
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Narrative explaining how funds will be used
Rate @ Unit calculations
Actual Costs vs. Cost Allocation
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Part 5: Memorandum of Agreement
• Draft provided
• Signed by all partners
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Part 6: Certificate of Good Standing
• Lead applicant
• C.O.G.S. must be less than 6 months old
• Certificate of Good Standing may be accessed
online
• Allow time for any delay in receiving C.O.G.S
• Submit as PDF file
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Part 7: Certification
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Must be signed by an authorized signatory
for the lead applicant
• Submit as PDF file
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Evaluation Process and Criteria
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Process
Threshold Screening
Compliance Screening
Scored based on 4 criteria
See Page 12 for list of criteria & point values
Commonwealth Corporation reserves the right
to consider other criteria in making
competitive awards.
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RFP
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Application Submission
o Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:00
noon
o Electronic copy sent to srs@commcorp.org
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Questions
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Thank You!
Information Technology Workforce Program Design
Grant Program
Bidders’ Webinar
Additional Questions
Additional questions will be accepted until October 28, 2014
Email all questions to trowland@commcorp.org
All Questions & Answers will be posted to www.commcorp.org
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