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The following terms are frequently used by the U.S. Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Bergen County government offices, and the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission (SETC). We are indebted to the SETC Website for defining many of the acronyms on this list.
|ABAWD||Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents|
|ABE||Adult Basic Education|
|ACSES||Automated Child Support Enforcement System|
|ACT||In Department of Labor parlance, “The ACT” is short for the “Workforce Investment Act” of 1998.|
|ADA||Americans with Disabilities Act|
|ADV||Alternatives to Domestic Violence|
|AFDC||Aid to Families with Dependent Children|
|AFL-CIO||American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations|
|AJB||America’s Job Bank|
|ALC||Adult Learning Center|
|ALP||Acceptable Level of Performance|
|AOSOS||America’s One-Stop Operating System|
|APWA||American Public Welfare Association|
The ARRA was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is a response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression. It includes measures to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.The Bergen One-Stop has been working diligently to provide services funded by ARRA to dislocated workers and at-risk youth. To date, nearly 500 unemployed workers have received $4,000 grants to be retrained in demand occupations. In the summer of 2009, the One-Stop sponsored a program called “YouthWorks!” which placed over 300 youth into public entity work sites around the county.
|ASPA||American Society of Public Administration|
|ATB||America’s Talent Bank|
|AWEP||Alternative Work Experience Program|
|BAT||Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training|
|BCCAP||Bergen County Community Action Partnership|
|BCEDC||Bergen County Economic Development Corporation|
|BCTS||Bergen County Technical Schools|
|BEIP||Business Employment Incentive Program (Grant)|
|BLS||Bureau of Labor Statistics (US Department of Labor)|
|BOSCC||Bergen One-Stop Career Center|
|BRAG||Business Relocation Assistance Grant|
A division within the One-Stop Career Center that reaches out to local businesses to assist with their Human Resource needs. The BRC also helps companies recruit qualified workers, train employees, access industry and labor market data, as well as find information about new business development, loan programs, and labor laws.
|BSDA||Basic Skills for Deaf Adults|
|BSR||Business Services Representatives|
|BSS||County Board of Social Services|
|CAA||Community Action Agencies|
|CAP||Corrective Action Plan/Client Assistance Program|
|CBO||Community Based Organization|
|CBVI||Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired|
|CCDBG||Child Care and Development Block Grant|
|CCPED||Community Care Program for the Elderly and Disabled|
|CEAS||Comprehensive Emergency Assistance System|
|CEI||Calculated Earned Income|
|CEO||Chief Elected Official (see also L-CEO)|
|CES||Current Employment Statistics|
U. S. federal law enacted to train workers and to provide them jobs in the public service. The program offered work to those with low incomes and the long-term unemployed as well as summer jobs to low income high school students. Full time jobs were provided for a period of 12 to 24 months in public agencies or private not for profit organizations.The intent was to impart a marketable skill that would allow participants to move to an unsubsidized job. It was an extension of the Works Progress Administration program from the 1930s. The Act was intended to decentralize control of federally controlled job training programs, giving more power to the individual state governments. Nine years later, it was replaced by the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) of 1982 during the Reagan administration. In 1998, the JTPA was replaced by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) during the Clinton administration.
|CEUs||Continuing Education Units|
|CIANJ||Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey|
|CIDS||Career Information Delivery System|
|CIP||Classification of Instructional Programs|
|CMU||Case Manager Unit|
|COEI||Center for Occupational Employment Information|
|COLA||Cost of Living Adjustment|
NJ State Training Providers are required to submit student enrollment and exit information. This data collection serves as the basis of program evaluation, so that the State may periodically assess the quality of program offerings and provide information for consumer choice. The analysis of both vendor and student information establishes benchmarks and performance standards that are used to classify schools and/or programs based on outcomes and create a Consumer Report Card for those seeking quality training programs.
|CSA||Community Service Agreement|
|CSP||Child Support and Paternity|
|CT||Classroom Training/Customized Training|
|CTO||Chief Technology Officer|
|CWA||County Welfare Agencies and also Communication Workers of America|
|CWEP||Community Work Experience|
|DAV||Department of Veterans’ Affairs|
|DCA||Department of Community Affairs|
|DCF||Department of Children and Families|
|DFD||Division of Family Development|
|DHS||Department of Human Services|
|DHSS||Department of Health and Senior Services|
|DIT||Division of Information Technology|
The law defines disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (work) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s), which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months.
You may be a dislocated workerif you lost your job and one or more of these things is true about you:
|DIT||Division of Information Technology|
|DMVA||Department of Military and Veteran Affairs|
|DOE||Department of Education|
|DOL||Former Department of Labor (Renamed Department of Labor and Workforce Development July 1, 2004—the acronym is now LWD)|
|DOLETA||US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration|
|DOLMA||Department of Labor Management Association|
|DOT||Department of Transportation|
|DVA||Department of Veterans’ Affairs|
|DVOP||Disabled Veterans Outreach Program|
The New Jersey DVRS provides services that enable individuals with disabilities to find jobs or keep their existing jobs. The DVRS is staffed by experienced rehabilitation counselors who provide valuable services to people who, as a result of physical, learning, mental, or emotional difficulties, need assistance obtaining or maintaining employment.
|DYFS||Division of Youth and Family Services|
|E&T||Employment & Training|
|EBT||Electronic Benefits Transfer|
Offered through the Bergen One-Stop, E-Connect is an e-learning job training program that offers participants the ability to access over 2,500 online courses from various career fields. Many courses are certified for college credit and/or Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
|EDA||Employment Directed Activity|
|EDP||Employability Development Plan|
|EEDA||Education and Employment-Directed Activity|
|EEI||Early Employment Initiative|
|EEO||Equal Employment Opportunity|
SETC’s content standards for adult education that define the core knowledge and skills adults need to carry out their roles as parents, citizens, and workers effectively.
|EIC||Earned Income Credit|
|ERS||Employment Resource Specialist|
The Employment Services (ES) Division of the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development helps clients find suitable position through one-on-one counseling, resume preparation, and job search. Clients meet with interviewers and counselors to learn about career prospects and training opportunities, develop resumes, or refine interview skills. or specialized programs.
|ESL||English as a Second Language|
provides funds and administers grant programs that offer training and employment assistance to people with disabilities. Information on ETA’s disability-related grant programs can be found at disAbility Online.ETA also is responsible for enforcing parts of the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program, which aims to provide greater access for people with disabilities to training services, vocational rehabilitation services, and other support services they need to obtain, regain, or maintain employment.Disability-related grant programs also are provided by the Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). ODEP administers a grant program to support the New Freedom Initiative, which seeks to help integrate Americans with disabilities into the workforce.
Inclusion of a training provider on the New Jersey ETPL is not an entitlement for a prospective student to receive funding from a local WIB or One-Stop Career Center nor a requirement that the WIB or One-Stop make any referrals to the provider. All potential providers must satisfy specific eligibility criteria established by both the State Employment and Training Commission (SETC) and the local WIB to be eligible to receive students paid for with public funds. The selection of an appropriate provider is a mutual decision made by the counselor and the prospective student.
Assists qualified unemployed individuals in becoming self-employed and starting a business in New Jersey. The program is offered through the Bergen County One-Stop Career Center.
|FBCO||Faith-Based and Community-Based Organizations|
|FDP||Family Development Program|
|FEIN||Federal Employer Identification Number (IRS)|
|FSB||Federal Supplemental Benefits|
|FSC||Federal Supplemental Compensation|
|FSE&T||Food Stamp Employment and Training|
|FSP||Food Stamp Program|
|FUTA||Federal Unemployment Tax Act|
New Jersey is one of only a few states that provide cash benefits and support services to individuals and couples with no dependent children, through our General Assistance program.
|GAAS||General Assistance Automated System|
|GAEP||General Assistance Employability Program|
|GAPB||General Assistance Procedural Bulletin|
|GAPI||General Assistance Program Instruction|
|GED||General Educational Development|
|GIS||Geographic Information System|
Founded in 1975 as a private, not-for-profit organization, the Garden State Employment and Training Association, Inc. has functioned as a forum for New Jersey’s workforce development professionals to share their expertise and to promote professional development. The mission of the Association is “to provide leadership, and promote quality and excellence for the advancement of New Jersey’s workforce development system and its customers and professionals.”The Garden State Employment and Training Association, more commonly referred to as GSETA, was formed in response to a statewide need to coordinate the development and implementation of state, regional, and national workforce policies. By serving as a clearinghouse on workforce matters and issues, GSETA provides effective leadership through the expertise of its collective membership and other affiliated organizations.
|HAS||Homeless Shelter Allowance|
|HBCUs||Historical Black College & Universities|
|HEA||Home Energy Assistance|
|HESAA||New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority|
|HSAC||Human Services Advisory Council|
|HSPT||High School Proficiency Test|
|HUA||Heating Utility Allowance|
|HUD||Department of Housing and Urban Development|
|IAPES||International Association of Professionals in Employment Security|
|ICESA||Interstate Conference of Employment Security Agencies|
|IDA||Individual Development Account|
|IEP||Individual Employability Plans|
|IEVS||Income Eligibility Verification System|
|IMAS||Income Maintenance Administrative Supervisor|
|IMT||Income Maintenance Technician|
|Incumbent Worker||An existing employee|
|INS||Immigration and Naturalization Service|
|IPV||Intentional Program Violation|
|IRP||Individual Responsibility Plan|
|ITA||Individual Training Account|
|ITG||Individual Training Grant|
|IVR||Interactive Voice Response|
A pilot program for dropout prevention of high school juniors and seniors, funded by the NJ Dept. of Labor & Workforce Development and the NJ Dept. of Education.
|JOBS||Job Opportunities and Basic Skills|
A service of the NJ Department of Labor, this new website uses unique OnRamp software to match job seekers with job skills, not just on the basis of their last job title. With almost 10,000 New Jersey employers registered to list jobs and search our resumes for new employees and roughly 100,000 job listings in New Jersey alone, Jobs4Jersey.com represents an exciting and powerful new tool to “fast forward” any job search.
Replaced in 1998 by the Workforce Investment Act during the Clinton Administration.
|Presently, we have no acronyms for the letter K.|
|L-CEO and LEOs||Local-Chief Elected Official; Local Elected Officials|
|LMA||Labor Market Analyst/Analysis|
|LMI||Labor Market Information|
|LOS||Level of Service|
|LPA||Labor Planning and Analysis|
|LRR||Legally Responsible Relative|
|LTCIP||Long Term Chronically Impaired Program|
Formerly the Department of Labor (DOL), but renamed Department of Labor and Workforce Development in July 1, 2004. The acronym is now LWD.
|MARC||Multi-Access Resource Center|
|MBA||Maximum Benefit Amount (Unemployment Insurance)|
|MCA||Maximum Coupon Allotment|
|MDO||Medicaid District Office|
|MOU||Memorandum of Understanding|
|MSA||Metropolitan Statistical Area|
|MSAI||Mandatory Substance Abuse Initiative|
|MSFW||Migrant & Seasonal Farm Workers|
|MWA||Municipal Welfare Agency|
|MWD||Municipal Welfare Department|
|NAB||National Alliance of Business|
|NAD||National Association of Deaf|
|NAFTA||North America Free Trade Agreement|
|NAGLO||National Association of Government Labor Officials|
|NAP||National Apprenticeship Program|
|NAWB||National Association of Workforce Investment Boards|
|NCADD||National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence|
|NGA||National Governors’ Association|
|NGO||Notice of Grant Opportunity|
|NJAC||New Jersey Administrative Code|
|NJALL||New Jersey Association of Lifelong Learning|
|NJBIA||New Jersey Business & Industry Association|
An Internet-based delivery system for accurate, comprehensive, current, and relevant occupational, post-secondary school and financial aid information. NJCAN contains the latest national, New Jersey, and local labor market data and projections. NJCAN is designed to support lifelong career exploration, career planning and decision-making through easy to use, straightforward search and sorting utilities, and an online portfolio for saving information from all system components.
|NJCK||New Jersey Cares for Kids|
|NJDVRS||New Jersey Division of Veterans|
|NJEDA||New Jersey Economic Development Authority|
|NJN||New Jersey Network|
|NJPLACE||NJ Pathways Leading Apprentices to a College Education|
|NJSBDC||NJ Small Business Development Centers|
|NJSES||New Jersey State Employment Service|
|NJSFSP||New Jersey State Food Stamp Program|
|NJSILC||New Jersey Statewide Independent Living Council|
|NJTC||New Jersey Technology Council|
|NJYC||New Jersey Youth Corps|
|NLRB||National Labor Relations Board|
|NMWP||National Migrant Worker Program|
|NNJDN||Northern New Jersey Disabilities Network|
|NOICC||National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee|
Official name for a document specifying the allocation of funds by the NJ Department of Labor, including dollar amount and duration.
|NPAFS||Non-Public Assistance Food Stamps|
|NRA||National Rehabilitation Association|
NRS students are enrolled in WIA-funded adult education programs. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Reporting System is the accountability system for the federally funded, state administered adult education program. It addresses the accountability requirements of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Title II of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA-P.L. 105-220).
|NSSB||National Skills Standard Board|
|NWRC||National Work Readiness Council|
|OAA||Old Age Assistance|
|OAL||Office of Administrative Law|
|OCSE||Office of Child Support Enforcement|
|OCT||Office of Customized Training|
ODEP administers a grant program to support the New Freedom Initiative, which seeks to help integrate Americans with disabilities into the workforce.
|OIT||Office of Information Technology|
|OLS||Office of Legislative Services|
|OMB||Office of Management and Budget|
|One-Stop Delivery System||
The One-Stop Delivery System in the U.S. provides universal access to an integrated array of labor exchange services so that workers, job seekers, and businesses can find the services they need in “one stop” and frequently under one roof in easy-to-find locations.
New Jersey’s state-of-the-art job-matching tool (based on Burning Glass software) that creates a unique profile for each job-seeker and looks for career opportunities they might otherwise not have considered.
|OSCC||One-Stop Career Center|
|OSCS||One-Stop Career System|
|OSHA||Occupational Safety and Health Administration|
|OSOS||One-Stop Operating System|
|OSPIP||One-Stop Process Improvement Project|
|PAAD||Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled|
|PAM||Public Assistance Manual|
|PHA||Public Housing Authority|
|PIC||Private Industry Council|
|PIN||Personal Identification Number|
|PLS||Parent Locator Service|
|PNA||Personal Needs Allowance|
|RFP||Request for Proposal|
|RIF||Reduction in Force|
Sessions are held several times a week in the Bergen One-Stop Career Center.
|RSA||Rehabilitation Service Administration|
|SAT||Specific Aptitude Test|
|SBA||Small Business Administration|
|SBR||Supplemental Budget Request|
|SBYSP||School Based Youth Services Program|
SCALES is a bipartisan body created within the State Employment and Training Commission by Public Law 1999, c. 107, to facilitate state and local policy development, planning and oversight in consultation with stakeholders in the area of adult literacy education.
|SCANS||Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills|
|SCSEP||State Senior Employment Services Coordination Plan|
|SDA||Service Delivery Area: Bergen County is the SDA for WIA funding|
|SEA||Self-Employment Assistance Program|
|SES||Senior Executive Service|
|SESA||State Employment Security Agency|
|SETC||State Employment and Training Commission|
|SFY||State Fiscal Year (July – June)|
|SIC||Standard Industrial Classification|
|SNAP||Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)|
|SQSP||State Quality Service Plan|
|SRC||State Rehabilitation Council|
|SSA||Social Security Act/Administration|
|SSDI||Social Security Disability Insurance|
|SSI||Supplemental Security Income|
|SSN||Social Security Number|
|SUA||Supplemental Unemployment Assistance|
|SUB||Supplemental Unemployment Benefits|
|TACE||Technical Assistance and Continuing Education|
|TANF||Temporary Assistance for Needy Families|
|TDI||Temporary Disability Insurance (Unemployment Insurance)|
|TEGL||Training and Employment Guidance Letter|
|TJTC||Targeted Jobs Tax Credit|
|TRA||Trade Readjustment Act|
|TWES||Tax Web Enabled System|
|UCFE||Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees|
|UCX||Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemen|
|UEZ||Urban Enterprise Zone|
|ULA||United Labor Agency|
|USDOL||United States Department of Labor|
|USES||United States Employment Service|
|USP||Strategic Five-Year Unified State Plan for New|
|VR&C||Vocational Rehabilitation and Counseling|
|VRS||Vocational Rehabilitation Services|
|WAA||Worker Adjustment Assistance|
The Wagner-Peyser Act of 1933 established a nationwide system of public employment offices known as the Employment Service. The Act was amended in 1998 to make the Employment Service part of the One-Stop services delivery system.
|WBR||Weekly Benefit Rate|
|WDP||Workforce Development Partnership Program|
|WE||Worker Experience (IS – In School; OS – Out- of- School)|
|WFLL||Workforce Learning Link (see also WLL)|
The State’s welfare program is known as WFNJ. To receive assistance, clients have to work, actively look for work, or participate in an approved work activity. The first activity of this job training is a mandatory 30-day in-service program at the One-Stop where clients prepare their resumes and learn workplace readiness skills. Bergen County Technical School administers this training program.After initial training, clients are then placed in the next mandatory job activity, which includes occupational training, community work experience training, or basic skills instruction. Those in need of intensive job readiness services are placed in contracted programs with local providers. Through an RFP process, Bergen County Technical School sponsors intensive programs with a number of community-based providers.
Legislation passed in 1998 that authorized 550+ local business-led Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Territories to oversee and coordinate services through a network of 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers.Its main goal was to house a number of workforce providers under one central location, and to have businesses take a vested interest in the local delivery of workforce initiatives. This federal legislation created Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) to oversee policy on workforce development, and One-Stop Career Centers to implement initiatives for potential workers and employers in one convenient location. Bergen County Technical Schools worked closely with LWD to open the new comprehensive Center in Spring 2006.In addition to the specific activities under the purview of the grant, WIA serves as the lead agency of the One-Stop and oversees the interaction of the independent providers and agencies within the consortium.
|WIB||Workforce Investment Board|
|WIG||Work Incentive Grant|
|WLL or WFLL||
This programprovides adult learners instruction in reading, writing, and math; communication; financial literacy; job search; employability and life skills. WLL training programs are available at One-Stop Career Centers and community-based sites throughout the state.The program is designed to deliver workforce training programs and services directly to welfare registrants, dislocated workers, and other job seekers. Using digital television technology, streaming video, computer software, the Internet and print materials, the Workforce Learning Link provides interactive training services that allow participants to address individual employment-related issues at their own pace.
|WNJ||Workforce New Jersey|
|WNJPIN||Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network|
|WorkFirst New Jersey||See WFNJ|
Workforce 55+ is a federally funded program that offers economically disadvantaged seniors, 55 years of age and older, jobs and training. The program is authorized under Title V of the Older Americans Act, and administered by the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The aim of WorkForce 55+ is to help seniors return to the workplace through an exciting program in which they earn while they learn. WorkForce 55+ participants receive the counseling, assessment, and training necessary to enable them to be placed in unsubsidized employment.
|Workforce Learning Link||See WLL|
The WorkPAYS2 program is designed to get TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients into the workforce. The program reimburses employers 100% of a new employee’s wages for the first three months of employment and 50% of a new employee’s wages for an additional three months to offset the costs of hiring a new employee. The total contract period can be for six months.
Provides individual training grants of up to $4,000 to dislocated and displaced workers. While in training you can still collect your unemployment insurance and may be eligible for additional benefits while in training.
|WRC||National Work Readiness Credential|
|Presently, we have no acronyms for the letter X.|
|YIC||Youth Investment Council|
The YTTW program provides funding to consortia of employers, organized labor, and schools to implement school-to-registered-apprenticeship transition programs. YTTW offers both structured on-the-job training and relevant classroom instruction. The program targets high school juniors and seniors and is funded by the State of New Jersey through the Workforce Development Partnership Act.
|Presently, we have no acronyms for the letter Z.|