|On May 24, 2017 the AACOG Board of Directors took action to authorize the Executive Director to apply for and accept funding in the projected amount of $450,000 from the Texas Workforce Investment Council for a Wagner-Peyser Employment Readiness program for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). On August 24, 2017, AACOG received notice that the application for Wagner-Peyser 7(b) funding - the SPIRIT - Job Readiness for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities project - was recommended for funding.
The Wagner Peyser 7(b) program is administered through the Texas Workforce Investment Council at the Office of the Governor. This grant program seeks applications that support innovation in workforce development.
AACOG plans to partner with the Alamo Colleges, The Academy at Morgan's Wonderland, and existing ALA Vendors, area employers and community partners to provide an innovative Employment Readiness program designed for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). This program will provide twelve (12) weeks of structured work readiness, skills training, community volunteering and work experience designed to prepare individuals with IDD for available employment opportunities in the Alamo Region. Successful participants in the program will receive Certificate-level training through the Alamo Colleges, Job Readiness training, as well as paid and un-paid work experience with area employers and non-profit entities, with the goal of attaining appropriate employment in the community.
On September 12, 2017, the IDD Service Advisory Committee created special vendor service rates for the SPIRIT project. An additional blended rate is being requested to better facilitate project implementation.