Our VR Y-TAC Team
Senior Technical Assistance Liaison
- Policy development
- Grant management
- Collaboration facilitation
- Memorandums of Understanding
- Really good at bad puns
Randy Loss came to IEL in 2017 and he currently serves within the Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Technical Assistance Center as a Senior Technical Assistance Liaison for IEL’s Center for Workforce Development (CWD). In this role, he acts as a technical assistance professional providing direct support for many State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (SVRAs) which seek practices to improve service delivery to transition age youth. As a subject matter expert on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and transition-age opportunity youth, he develops and implements training and other technical assistance based on SVRAs identified needs in serving this population. He uses evidence-based research, policies, and practices to enhance the delivery of youth transition services by SVRAs for opportunity youth, including youth with disabilities.
He holds a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from George Washington University and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. He holds additional credentials in dealing with individuals with criminal records who are seeking employment. He has the Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) certification from the National Institute of Corrections. He also has his Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) certification which designates he is trained to teach adult learners in a professional setting on how to assist their clients in developing a career path.
Randy has a long history of vocational rehabilitation with a variety of disability populations. He worked with Experience Works, Inc., a Senior Community Employment Service Program (SCESP) which provided relevant work training skills in a paid internship format to individuals 55 and older. He also performed the duties of a job coach in a community rehabilitation program (CRP). He assisted individuals who had a variety of disabilities, but who all had great work potential and attitude.
Randy was also a case manager for the county-level agency that supported individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). He held a caseload of over 100 individuals and sought to ensure their safety, happiness, and health. He worked with a variety of service providers to learn effective methods in ethical and individualizing treatment of those with ID. He additionally was employed in a sheltered workshop as an early work-experience. It was at this facility that he learned that many great individuals had the ability to work in the community with the proper support and encouragement. He believes everyone has work potential that can be cultivated with appropriate support and it is important to help others find what they possess and help them display it in an employment setting.
Going back even further, Randy remembers his father’s work as a county jail guard in the late 1970s. He recalls one time when his father brought a recently released individual to the house because the young man was released but was homeless. This individual stayed at his home for a few days until the young man’s relatives could prepare a place in their home for him to live. This left a lasting memory of the need to help others who are less fortunate. He also remembers when his father hired a released individual as a carpenter for his general contracting business. Unfortunately, substance abuse issues caused this individual to end up going back to jail. After re-release, Randy’s father allowed this person to come back to work a second time in an effort to help him put his life back together. It was these events that impressed upon Randy the necessity to seek the best in those with criminal histories and to always help others in gaining second chances.