Tag Archives: WIOA

2018 Funding for WIOA programs

FY 2018 omnibus released, increases funding for key workforce, education programs [in the U.S.], March  22,  2018,  by Kermit Kaqleba, Katie Spiker, and Katie Brown, National Skills Coalition.

Congressional leaders last night released final text for an omnibus spending package (click on this link to appropriations.house.gov) that is expected to finalize Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations for most federal programs. The $1.3 trillion omnibus reflects the increased spending levels for both defense and non-defense programs agreed to as part of recent legislation lifting the budget “caps” for federal discretionary spending, and includes some critical boosts in funding for key education and workforce development programs…

Importantly, the omnibus rejects many of the proposed cuts to workforce and education programs that were included in President Trump’s FY 2018 budget request, and sends a clear signal about the bipartisan support for investments in skills as the economy grows.

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Throwing Down the Gauntlet for Professional Development

OCTAEIt is time to throw down the gauntlet for PD.  A serious conversation and commitment to Adult Education professional development is long overdue.  We should be talking more extensively and with higher-level commitment about the conditions we need to create for work and learning in our field, for the good of adult learners and our nation.  All the more so as we work together to prepare for a full and robust implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act…

Judging Adult Education Teacher Performance.  Very little national data is available by which to judge current teacher performance in Adult Education, but the data that is available shows enormous variation between and within states and local grantees on key performance indicators.  Depending on which state or local program they enter, adult learners face very different prospects for success. The likelihood that an adult learner will achieve a positive outcome in a given year can be three to four times higher in some states than in others, almost certainly due at least in part to differences in teaching effectiveness…

Many difficult questions face us at this juncture. For example, how can we take our efforts to scale? What service delivery training models should we choose?  Can we craft activities that are both efficient and effective? The New Teacher Project found that systemic district efforts did not significantly contribute to improvements in practice.  Are more personalized models needed for adult education? Are current job-embedded models providing the needed level of personalized support for educator growth?

Read the rest of the article at this link.

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Making a Shift in the Public Workforce System – Starting July 1, 2015

OCTAEJuly 1, 2015 marks the day that many of the provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) take effect. This new law has the potential to make a tremendous difference for tens of millions of workers, jobseekers and students across this country. WIOA’s transformation of our publicly-funded workforce system means that all of us—federal and state partners, governments, non-profits and educational and training institutions, must be pressing for innovations to ensure:

  • the needs of business and workers drive our workforce solutions
    one-stop centers, also known as American Job Centers (AJCs)
  • provide excellent customer service to both jobseekers and employers and focus on continuous improvement; and
  • the workforce system supports strong regional economies and plays an active role in community and economic development.

For WIOA updates and resources, please visit OCTAE’s resource page at www.ed.gov/aefla. Additional information can be found on the Rehabilitation Services Administration’s WIOA website and the Department of Labor’s WIOA website.

To read the rest of this important article from OCTAE, go to http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/ovae/2015/07/01/making-a-shift-in-the-public-workforce-system/

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Career Pathways Exchange: Resources

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WIOA Topical Fact Sheets

U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), 2015

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education’s WIOA resource page provides information to assist stakeholders in better understanding key provisions and changes to Title II (the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act) of WIOA.

On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, OCTAE released brand new WIOA fact sheets on:

The resources provide general overviews, terms and definitions, allowable uses of funds, priority of service guidance, performance reporting requirements, related resources, and more.

Be sure to bookmark www.ed.gov/AEFLA for more WIOA-related information.

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA), 2015 

The WIOA Collection website powered by DOL-ETA’s Workforce3One provides information and resources for states, local areas, grantees, and other stakeholders to assist with implementation of WIOA, including:

  • WIOA 101 – webinars offering an introduction to key provisions in Titles I and III
  • WIOA Vision – DOL’s vision for a revitalized transformed workforce system
  • Resources – tools on issues such as “Leadership and Partnerships” and “Statewide Strategies”
  • Partners’ WIOA Sites – links to federal partner agencies and national workforce associations
  • WIOA Action Planner – a self-paced assessment tool designed to help leaders at all levels plan and prepare for WIOA implementation.

The recently launched action planner currently features sections on Partnerships and State Leadership & Governance, an action plan template, and a user’s guide. Sections on one-stop center service design, youth services, and local leadership/governance are coming soon.

Creating Career Pathways in Colorado: A Step-by-Step Guide

Collaborative Economics and the Woolsey Group, LLC, 2014

Prepared for the 2014 Colorado Sector Strategies Summit, “Growing the Talent Pipeline,” this comprehensive guide explains the relationship between career pathways and sector strategies and offers step-by-step instructions and tools for building sector partnerships in your region using career pathways. The strategies and processes provided are relevant to stakeholders in all states.

Building TANF and WIOA Partnerships to Improve TANF Recipient Employment Outcomes: Lessons Learned from TANF/WIA Coordination

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), 2015

In this archived webinar, hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Family Assistance, a panel of experts and officials from states and local areas share their experiences with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)/Workforce Investment Act (WIA) collaboration. WIOA establishes TANF as a required one-stop partner and provides states with an option to submit a combined state plan that includes TANF. An audio recording, transcript, and presentation slides are available.