EXEMPTIONS OVERVIEW, HIGHLIGHTING MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY UNFIT WITH HOMELESSNESS
Assessing exemptions is a necessary part of our work which allows us to help only those who are able and ready to work. New federal expectations for states to specifically incorporate exemptions appreciating mental or physical limitations that may or may not influence homelessness is important. An April 2017 webinar was conducted using the following PowerPoint for counties to reference in implementing the exemption, while clarifying or reminding EF staff of the other program exemptions. The actual webinar link is included under the below PowerPoint.
Understanding SNAP E&T’s New”ish” 2017 Exemptions ….PowerPoint Only
Webinar conducted on 4/7/2017 …aired with PowerPoint [be sure to allow for any add ons that support Adobe Connect, and if you are having problems opening the webinar consider a different browser such as Chrome, Internet Explorer (E), or Firefox]
Understanding SNAP E&T’s New”ish” 2017 Exemptions with notes ….PowerPoint Slides with Presenter Notes
SOFT SKILLS TRAINING
Soft Skills are proven to be a great resource in building job seeking skills and job retention.
During the FFY 2016 we piloted a resource made available through an agreement with WIN Learning. A variety of resources were provided for counties to use during the facilitating of soft skills instruction including curriculum, videos and activities.
At the end of that pilot period, a PowerPoint drafted by two counties piloting the information was made available and will remain accessible through the below links. All other resources that were posted on the site during that time are not available now that the pilot period has ended. Suggested ways to use the PowerPoint include:
- As an activity in Support Groups
- As materials integrated into Competencies instruction
- As specialized training provided to creatively enhance services
There is an example of a certificate below that you may reference to modify with county specific information once a participant has completed coursework. A webinar was conducted on April 25, 2016 that is also archived below to assist in understanding the materials.
*Note: Special thanks to Chaffee and Arapahoe Counties for drafting a presentation using these soft skills resources. We suggest you reference this information should you decide to develop your own soft skills training and facilitation materials, or simply just use the PowerPoint. Best Practices will continue to be identified and will inform how counties may want to pull the soft skills information together from many sources.
Following are links that bring you to a PowerPoint and a Certificate designed through the pilot:
AZTEC PARTICIPANT LIFE SKILLS TRAINING
Aztec Learning System is a resource that may be used on-line or may be requested in the form of disc from the State to get hard copy work assignments to satisfy Employment First’s employability activity: “The software prepares students for higher levels of education, improves job performance, provides alternative means of education for adults and non-traditional students, and ultimately helps people realize their potential and meet their educational goals. The Aztec Learning System uses LIFE SKILLS scenarios to generate an individual Education Plan designed to focus on each student’s needs.”
For online use, each county is to identify up to two County Representative Contacts as administrators assigned to allow participants to access instruction. Updating or informing who the County Representative Contact is done by email to Lindley Brooks at lindley.brooks
Following are steps and considerations to access this resource:
- County Representative Contacts responsible to assign and manage permissions to the participants are required to review an instructional webinar outlining how this learning tool is to work and gain a thorough understanding on how to connect and monitor users through this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4652617905993166593
- Once the selected County Representative Contact is named and emailed to lindley.brooks
@state.co.us , permission will be granted and access allowed to log and manage participant usage in the system as outlined in the webinar.
- There are up to 100 licenses available at any one time for participants to do their work. The time the participant is on the online task is released to another user once the participant has signed off after they have finished their work.
- Ensure an HTML5-compatible browser is used before accessing the site. The link to the site is: https://learn.aztecsoftware.com Following is a partial list of compatible browsers:
- Internet Explorer 10 and higher
- Mozilla Firefox 7 and higher
- Google Chrome 14 and higher
- Safari 5 and higher
- Opera 11 and higher
- Mobile Safari 3.2 and higher
- Opera Mobile 5 and higher
- Android 2.1 and higher
- Reports on participant usage may be monitored as described in the webinar
- It is recommended to deactivate users when they have completed the Aztec requirement they have agreed to, rather than delete them since it is easier to reactivate them should they move to another county or require more Aztec work.