Workplace Readiness
November 13, 2014

In our previous post, we discussed the new WIOA law and what that means for federal and youth programs. With the new law, federal programs now serve more youth with disabilities and must ensure they are prepared for the workforce. Youth programs have only served 20% of youth with disabilities, but now that number will jump to 70% with the new law.

Research shows that only 15% of worker success is determined by what they know, or hard skills. That means the other 85% of a worker’s success is determined by soft skills.

Because of the importance to soft skills are critical for them to maintain jobs we want to relieve any stress the new WIOA law with our Workplace Readiness Credential program.

The Conover Company has over 30 years of research and development in this area and have used this knowledge to create a Workplace Readiness Program to assist program participants in securing and succeeding in the workplace.


What is Workplace Readiness

The Workplace Readiness program bridges the gap between hard and soft skills by fostering important skills such as planning, attitude, and social skills. It will have three series within the program to complete. The first is called the Job Readiness Series.

The Job Readiness Series starts with our Job Readiness Map. The Job Readiness Map is an assessment that pinpoints the level of skills that each user has in eight categories. Once complete, there are skill-enhancements that are automatically assigned. There are eight skill-enhancements in the Job Readiness program. Each one takes an hour to two hours to complete. This program can be done from any computer or tablet and can be done at the User’s pace.


  1. Attitude

  2. Communication

  3. Planning and Organizing

  4. Critical Thinking

  5. Interpersonal/Social Skills

  6. Teamwork

  7. Media Rules


After completing the appropriate skill-enhancement, they will take a post-assessment to measure the skills gaines. User’s need to be prepared to fulfill that 85% of soft skills needed to succeed at a job.


Prepare Youth with Disabilities for the Workforce

With this new law, federal programs need to serve 50% more people with disabilities. With 50% more workload and no additional time, you need to be more efficient in providing services. Our technology can provide a great way to help these youth feel prepared for the workplace.

This Workplace Readiness program will help bridge the gap between hard and soft skills. Don’t wait until the deadline to expand your programs. Start planning and please contact the team at Conover today.


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
September 18, 2014

On July 22, 2014, President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law.  This is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in more than 15 years.

WIOA replaces the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and retains and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

You could read this 5 page PDF provided by the U.S. Department of Labor explaining The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to understand this new law and why it’s important. Or, you can read our summary.


What Is the WIOA?

WIOA will bring together the core federal programs outlined below to ensure that job seekers acquire skills and credentials that meet employers’ needs. Overall, the Act will strengthen the workforce while promoting communication between federal work programs.

Essentially, WIOA will help tens of millions of job seekers and workers to connect to good jobs and become the unifying force behind all these great current government programs.

Core programs of Federal investment:


  1. Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth formula programs

  2. Adult Education and Literacy program

  3. Wagner-Peyser Employment Service program

  4. all programs under the title I of the Rehabilitation Act


Other programs:

  1. Job Corps

  2. YouthBuild

  3. Indian and Native American programs

  4. Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker programs



What We Can Look Forward to With WIOA

The WIOA will require each state to align their Workforce Development Program and in unifying these programs creating accountability and transparency.

Because WIOA promotes communication between the different programs it will foster regional collaboration.

Furthermore, the Act will encourage and promote current government programs such as Job Corps, American Job Center System, Registered Apprenticeship, and others.

Youth and adults with disabilities will also notice improvements in the federal programs that help them with workforce training and transitioning to the workforce.

When We’ll Start to Notice Changes

The Act will begin to take effect on July 1, 2015


Are You Ready for WIOA?

This Act will increase access of services to those who will benefit from it.

Educators, instructors, and administrators of the public sector need to be prepared to improve and promote different training programs and administer different skill assessment tests. Do not wait until July 1, 2015 to make changes. Start planning now so you have a course of action.

Frequently asked questions about the Act can be found here. We also suggest reading Secretary of Labor Tom Perez’s blog post about the Act becoming law.


Please Contact Us about how we can help you get ready for WIOA


Personal Responsibility & Multi-Tiered System of Supports
April 23, 2014

The focus of this last blog in our series of twelve is on personal responsibility.  The Personal Responsibility Scale is the last scale in our Personal Responsibility Map, which is the core assessment in our Personal Responsibility—Achieving Academic and Career Goals program. It is the last scale in the assessment for a good reason. The Personal Responsibility Scale is actually a scale that encompasses all of the other eleven scales. When you combine the other eleven scales in the assessment, it equals personal responsibility.

Personal responsibility is the level of commitment or promise people are willing to make in setting clear goals and then taking full responsibility to achieve them.

Resiliency and Multi-Tiered System of Supports
April 8, 2014

Resiliency is the tenth in our twelve-part series on our Personal Responsibility Map®, which is a core assessment in our Personal Responsibility—Achieving Academic and Career Goals™  program.

Resiliency is the ability to work through activities and cause bottom-line results to happen. Resiliency to many is the ability to bounce back from setbacks and to achieve a stated goal. Simply stated, resiliency is being able to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Multi-Tiered System of Supports, or MTSS, is a term used to describe an evidence-based model of schooling that uses data-based problem solving to integrate academic and behavioral instructions and intervention (Florida’s MTSS Project). This definition brings together the worlds of academic instruction and behavioral intervention. In the MTSS model, helping students learn how to set and achieve goals is a core skill.

Personal Responsibility Map® and At-Risk High School Students
March 31, 2014

The focus of this blog is on the use of our Personal Responsibility Map® and skill intervention system in helping at-risk students to identify and develop key emotional intelligence skills for success in school and life.

Personal Responsibility—Achieving Academic and Career Goals™ is a research-based assessment and skill intervention system related to goal setting and achievement. A core assessment in our Personal Responsibility program is the Personal Responsibility Map. The twelve scales in the map can be broken down as follows: