|October 8, 2008|
Strengthening the Family in the 21st Century Initiatives
Better Jobs! Better Earnings! Better Living!
The WANTO program was designed to increase the participation of women in apprenticeships and nontraditional occupations (NTOs) by providing grants to community-based organizations (CBOs) for the delivery of technical assistance to employers and labor unions. These grants helped employers and labor unions to recruit, train, and retain women in apprenticeship and nontraditional occupations. Under a Department of Labor Inter-agency Agreement, WANTO was jointly administered by the Women's Bureau and the Employment and Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship (OA). Funds for the technical assistance grants, which began in 1994, were authorized under the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Act of 1992, Pub. L. 102-530, 29 USC § 2501, et seq.
Contact: Suzanne Burnette, Women's Bureau's National Office ( Washington, DC), (202) 693-6710; and/or Franchella Kendall, ETA's Office of Apprenticeship ( Washington, DC), (202) 693-3813).
Group E-Mentoring in Nursing (GEM-Nursing) was a multi-regional (I, II, III, IV, V, VII, and VIII) demonstration project of the Women's Bureau in partnership with the University of Michigan School of Nursing. This initiative was designed to increase awareness of the benefits of a career in nursing. A dynamic Web site, featuring valuable information on the nursing profession, educational programs, and links to financial aid resources, was a key component of the project. Also popular was an online mentoring component for young men and women aged 15 to 21 interested in considering nursing as a career. Volunteer nurse mentors from a variety of nursing fields provided guidance and support to young people by answering questions and sharing career experiences. A “How-to” manual is available on the GEM-Nursing Web site that provides guidance and helpful information to state and local organizations interested in starting a GEM-Nursing or similar program. Please visit the GEM-Nursing Web site at www.gem-nursing.org.
Women with Disabilities Entrepreneurship Project
Contact : Cindy Henning, Region IV ( North Carolina), (828) 505-1547.
Girls E-Mentoring In Science, Engineering & Technology (GEM-SET)
The On-Line Learning Demonstration Project was a collaborative effort between the Women's Bureau, DOL's Employment and Training Administration, and the New Jersey Department of Labor. The program provided online learning for single mothers with school-aged children in five New Jersey counties. Through this demonstration project, the Women's Bureau examined the feasibility of participants earning computer certification or an Associates degree through online courses compared with traditional educational settings and methods. The offered courses were designed to prepare the participants for high skilled jobs in their local communities. For additional information, please visit the Women's Bureau's web site at: www.dol.gov/wb/programs/distance.htm
Employer-Driven Older Women Workers
The Ground Zero Initiative: Building a Pipeline of Women for the Skilled Trades in Metropolitan New York (Construction Trades Prep)
This program consisted of a series of financial education conferences held across the country for Hispanic women who faced unique challenges regarding financial security. Las Mujeres y el Dinero (Women and Money) programs empowered Latinas to learn more about financial security and their role in planning for a strong financial future. Eleven separate financial literacy programs were held in 10 states across the nation. The kickoff event was held in Phoenix, Arizona on October 23, 2003. Visit the Las Mujeres y el Dinero Web site at: http://www.dol.gov/wb/hisp.htm .
The primary objective of this initiative was to assist women in overcoming personal financial management challenges and help them to complete plans of action that address their specific needs. Women’s Bureau Regions V, VII, IX, and X developed projects that addressed specific topics related to the Wi$e Up curriculum (see Wi$e Up under Current Projects).
Contact: Karen Furia, National Office ( Washington, DC), (202) 693-6710.