[nfbmi-talk] Training

Fred Wurtzel f.wurtzel at att.net
Wed Dec 15 00:21:55 UTC 2010



On Thursday, the MCB Commissioners decided to move ahead on training for new
and existing staff.  According to a news release, Michigan received money
for MCB to do this as follows:


$5.6 Million in Grants Awarded to Help Boost Job Prospects for People with


October 1, 2010






Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576 ,


press at ed.gov




The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it will award more
than $5.6 million in grants to support the professional development of state
vocational rehabilitation staff who provide services that lead to employment
of persons with disabilities.


"These funds are aimed at helping Americans with disabilities find
employment," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Improving the
job skills of persons with disabilities is an investment in their future -
and in the country's economic future."


. Michigan Commission for the Blind -- Department of Energy, Labor and
Economic Growth, Rehabilitation Services -- $18,883.


This is not a lot of money, but it removes 1 obstacle to moving ahead on
beginning to develop a quality training program for new and existing staff.
Our joint NFBM/MCBVI recommendation is for a small 4 person core group to
coordinate and lead this effort.  We call on the MCB to complete the
planning by June.  We absolutely believe this can be accomplished.


Warmest Regards,



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