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September 2016 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

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mi-sept-2016MCA Catalyst – September 2016

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Urban builders academy gives students career opportunities

It may be called classroom time, but the sounds of hammers, drills and saws make Saginaw County Community Action Committee's new program, Urban Builders Academy, feel more like an opportunity for transformation.  The program began July 25 for its first-ever group of students and is the result of collaboration between Saginaw CAC and the Greater Michigan Construction Academy…

Weatherization Month in October also marks 40 years of WAP

October is Weatherization Month, an opportunity to speak to state and local leaders about the benefits of Weatherization Assistance Programs (WAP).  "Community Action Agencies know the importance of weatherization," says Kate White, MCA executive director.  "As low-income families spend less on their heating bills, they free up money that can be used for other necessities, such as education and job training."

As MCA marks WAP's 40th year of helping Michigan families, it notes that more than 600,000 homes are warmer and safer thanks to weatherization efforts.  With National Weatherization Day Oct. 30, MCA is grateful to legislators and policymakers for their four decades of WAP support...

Deconstructing vacant houses helps build workers' skills

Learning to deconstruct blighted houses is leading some unemployed workers to new jobs.  After completing OLHSA's 12-week certification course in blight removal, deconstruction and workplace safety, the men and women tackle condemned properties and deconstruct them, salvaging furniture, electrical fixtures and hardwood.  Efforts to train workers have expanded to carpentry, and OLHSA will soon sell the resulting products – view video.

Annual NASCSP conference offers strategic training

Professionals from across the country will come together Sept. 28-30 for the National Association for State Community Services Program's (NASCSP) 2016 Annual Training Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

Participants may choose from two educational tracks.  The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) track will focus on HHS CSBG initiatives and best practices related to anti-poverty efforts, performance management and performance measurement.  The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) track will focus on Department of Energy WAP initiatives and grantee management issues.

In addition to NASCSP training, the Office of Management Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance Training will take place Sept. 27 and will focus on the 10 biggest changes in the new guidance.

Other Items

  • Kalamazoo County names new CAA manager
  • New York CAA offers Excel webinars – register here
    • Excel Formatting and List Management (Sept. 21)
    • Excel Charts, Graphs and Pivot Tables (Sept. 28)
  • NCAF sets 2017 conference dates (March 14-17)

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