Guam Department of Labor Director David Dell’Isola has been selected and voted in to be a committee member of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies Veterans Affairs Committee.
Dell’Isola will represent Guam, the Marianas, Palau and American Samoa in addressing veterans’ issues and helping them become gainfully employed.
NASWA represents the workforce agencies of all 50 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. territories. Their mission overall is to enrich state workforce agencies in training, employing and providing business services to job seekers and employers.
The mission of the Veterans Affairs Committee is to advise state workforce administrators on issues related to workforce programs for veterans, primarily the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program, the Local Veterans Employment Representative program, Wagner-Peyser Act program and Priority of Service for Veterans for U.S. Department of Labor-funded employment and training programs.
The greatest benefit of committee membership for Guam is the ability to network with other state veteran program leaders and stay on top of future grant opportunities. Guam will now have the opportunity for the exchange of critical informatio and discussion of federal legislation, policy, funding allocation formulas, priority of service and other procedures affecting veterans, transitioning service members, military spouses and caregivers, and the chance to participate in pilot projects.
“I’m honored to be asked to serve and I’m proud to represent Guam and our sister islands in this distinguished committee. I take very seriously this opportunity to help our veterans, and especially our disabled veterans, find employment. As a member of this committee, we will have a stronger voice and will be on the front line of the issues our veterans face and what grant opportunities are available to help,” Dell’Isola said in a news release.
The Department receives more than $2.3 million in employment and training grant funds from the federal government. A priority of service must be given to our veterans. Becoming a member of the NASWA Veteran’s Affairs Committee aids us in reaching that goal. Of the grant funds $128,000 is allocated to providing individualized career services to veterans with significant barriers to employment, with the maximum emphasis directed toward serving veterans who are economically or educationally disadvantaged.
“In order to maintain our federal funds and provide optimum service, the Department is required to attend trainings and meetings to obtain the latest regulations and service requirements under the grant funds. I look forward to participating in upcoming committee meetings and hope to share good information to better operate our veteran programs at the American Job Center,” Dell’Isola said. “Guam also provides information and services to our sister islands who do not receive Wagner-Peyser and Jobs for Veterans Grant funds, inclusive of Labor Exchange Information and Veterans Employment and Training.”