Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210




One Stop


November 7, 1995




June 30, 1996

for Regional Management
SUBJECT : Announcing the Joint Employment and Training Technology Conference (JETT*CON)

  1. Purpose. To announce a Joint Employment and Training Technology Conference (JETT*CON) January 9 - 11, 1996, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

  2. Background. The public employment and training system is poised for a period of significant change in funding and organization. The new sorting of responsibilities between and among the federal, State and local partners contained in both the current House and Senate legislation creates challenges and promising opportunities.

    ETA views technology as an indispensable component in helping our delivery system organizations to address the effects of these challenges, to exploit latent opportunities, and to accelerate the nation's movement to a world class public employment and training system. Both the President and the Vice President have stressed that technology will play a key role to both improve the education and training opportunities of all Americans and reduce the cost of government. With the reality of reduced budgets, all levels of government are being called on to deliver high-quality, easily-accessible services at a lower cost to the taxpayer, to position those services closer to the customer, and to retain the flexibility to respond to dynamic conditions in our labor markets.

  3. Conference Objective. With the potential of new employment and training legislation in the very near future, this particular conference provides an excellent learning opportunity for those engaged in critical workforce development activities. Specifically, JETT*CON provides ETA's State and local partners the opportunity --

    In addition, the commercial marketplace, and technology vendors in particular, will have the chance to gain a better understanding of and access to the emerging public workforce development marketplace.

    JETT*CON will provide a forum for ongoing discussion of our collaborative system-building efforts at all levels of government, with lively and provocative demonstrations on how today's and tomorrow's technology can be used in the delivery of public employment and training programs and services.

    In anticipation of block grants and program consolidation requirements, ETA has structured meetings and colloquia within the conference format to promote exchanges and networking between and among all system-building partners.

    JETT*CON provides a unique, integrated forum where all of ETA's system-building activities can conduct essential dialogues between organizations and experts, and share effective practices and experiences.

  4. Conference Overview. JETT*CON is a combination of three integrated, coordinated events: national conferences for three of ETA's system-building activities (i.e., One-Stop Career Centers, Enterprise/Pioneers, and America's Labor Market Information System), JETTCON technology workshops and the JETTCON exposition program. A one-page summary of the content of the concurrent national conferences is attached.

    JETT*CON's technology workshop and exposition program has been organized around integrated thematic tracks (see attached Registration Brochure for additional detail about these "tracks"). Several activities and events have been structured around each track, including:

    In addition to these activities, Capacity Building will convene a meeting of their Technical Panel of Experts, and the Enterprise will hold a meeting of its governing council. ETA's electronic replacement of the outdated Dictionary of Occupational Titles, O*NET, will be showcased.

    The conference is being co-sponsored by several of ETA's national partner organizations (i.e., the American Association of Community Colleges, American Society for Training and Development, Human Resources Development Institute (AFL-CIO), and National Alliance of Business).

  5. Attendance. This conference is designed for leaders, policy makers, and practitioners of States and local governments engaged in planning for or implementing One-Stop Career Centers and local learning laboratories, developing labor market information delivery systems, engaging in system-building activities, and establishing or expanding programs of continuous improvement and quality services to benefit their customers. JETT*CON can accommodate about 1000 participants. This projection is based in part on the core JETT*CON educational component -- the workshops -- which need to remain limited in size in order to maintain the integrity of the learning experience and in part on the availability of breakout rooms (available for concurrent conference activities) and sleeping rooms.

  6. Housing Information. Hotel space is being held until December 12, 1995. A limited number of guest rooms are available at the government rate ($114). Please contact each hotel directly for reservations (hotel contact information is contained in the registration brochure). Be sure to mention JETT*CON to secure the government rate.

  7. Action. Please share this information with appropriate staff who may be interested in attending JETT*CON. A copy of this directive is also being sent directly to each SDA/SSA.

  8. Inquiries. If you have any questions about the conference program or general logistics, please contact your Regional Office or the JETT*CON support staff at 800-564-4220. As our conference program further develops in November and December 1995, important updates will also be available through the Internet (http://www.doleta.gov/media/jettcon).

  9. Attachments.

    1. JETT*CON Registration Brochure

    2. National Conference Draft Agendas


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