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On June 8, ACTE is participating in the first of a new series of webinars hosted by the National Skills Coalition (NSC). The series, “Aligned by Design,” will explore how states can proactively use the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) planning process to align key human capital investments to produce better outcomes for individuals and local economies. Each webinar will feature national and local experts and will address key principles for aligning WIOA with particular federal funding streams, whether as part of a unified or combined plan. Specific details and registration information for the CTE webinar can be found below, and more information on the entire series can be accessed on NSC’s website.
Aligned by Design: WIOA & Perkins Career and Technical Education
Monday, June 8, 3-4:15 p.m. ET
WIOA offers new opportunities for the workforce system and Career and Technical Education (CTE) to work together. Whether a state creates a “Combined Plan” that includes WIOA and the State Plan for Perkins, or a state writes a “Unified Plan,” the state should consider how these programs can best work together to prepare individuals for careers that meet employer skill needs. This webinar discusses some key areas where alignment can occur.
Moderator: Bryan Wilson, State Policy Director, National Skills Coalition
Posted by Alisha Hyslop on 06/01/2015 at 11:15 AM in WIOA | Permalink
While the prior Workforce Investment Act allowed for unified planning across a number of workforce-development-related programs, including Perkins, the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) more strongly encourages common plans.
There are two provisions in the new law that are addressed in the regulations: unified plans and combined plans. A unified plan must be submitted for all of the core programs authorized under the WIOA law. More important to CTE stakeholders, the combined plan is an option that may be used to incorporate one or more other related programs into the unified plan. CTE programs funded by Perkins remain on the list for possible combined plan inclusion.
According to the proposed regulations, “Generally, the requirements for a Combined State Plan include the requirements for the Unified State Plan as well as the program-specific requirements for any optional programs that are included in the Combined State Plan. To expand the benefits of cross-program strategic planning, increase alignment among State programs, and improve service integration, States are strongly encouraged to submit Combined State Plans.”
The combined plans are designed to “communicate the State’s vision for the State workforce system and serve as avehicle for aligning and integrating the State workforce system across Federal programs,” particularly those “that offer educational, training, employment, or supportive services to populations that may overlap with those core [WIOA] programs serve.”
Several key provision are included in the draft regulations related to the development and submission of combined plans. For the purposes of this guidance, Perkins would be considered an “optional” program:
One of most in-depth parts of the regulations relates to the submission timeline for combined plans. Under WIOA, unified or combined state plans must be developed for a four-year time period beginning July 1, 2016. The regulations go on to specify, “For the core program portions of the Combined State Plan, modifications are required at the end of the first 2-year period of any 4-year Combined State Plan.” Modifications are also required in certain other circumstances, and allowed at any other time. It is up to the state whether to apply the modification requirements to optional programs included in the combined plan.
This raises a number of questions about how that timeline applies to other optional programs (like Perkins) that a state would like to include in the combined plan but that are on different timelines. The proposal states:
The 4-year cycle, with a 2-year modification, for the Combined State Plan is inconsistent with the planning cycles for the plans governing the optional programs. The Departments seek comment on how to address this issue and reduce the burden of managing multiple cycles. Specifically, the Departments request comment on how to treat the plan for an optional program whose planning cycle is longer than 2 years, whose planning cycle is less than 2 years, and whose planning process includes intra-cycle modifications of the plan. Similarly, the Departments request comments on how best to treat the plan for an optional program that is reauthorized or otherwise significantly amended during the 4-year or 2-year cycle of a Combined State Plan, including a change to the optional program’s planning cycle.
We will be taking a closer look at these questions are would love your input on the best way to address changes to Perkins if a state chooses to incorporate CTE programs into its combined state plan!
Posted by Alisha Hyslop on 04/20/2015 at 11:28 AM in Executive Branch, WIOA | Permalink
Over the next few weeks, ACTE will be providing more in-depth information on the contents of the draft WIOA regulations released earlier this month. The first topic of interest we wanted to review is data and accountability. The contents of the regulations in this area are important to CTE programs for several reasons. First, CTE programs often serve as training providers under the WIOA system, so would be subject to data and reporting requirements. The regulations also have important implications for future changes to the Perkins accountability system, as there is great interest at the federal level in standardizing data collection and reporting where possible and appropriate. Below is a blog entry reposted with permission from the national Workforce Data Quality Campaign, of which ACTE is a founding partner--we thought the WDQC analysis provided a great overview of this critical topic in the regulations!
by Rachel Zinn
Proposed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) regulations posted on the Federal Register website last week establish the foundation to more effectively use wage records for performance reporting.
The draft rules are split between five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking. Most of the significant provisions on data and performance reporting are contained in the joint guidance notice or the Department of Labor activities notice.
In Sec. 603.2, the regulations clarify that individual Unemployment Insurance (UI) wage records may be shared with “public officials” at a variety of education entities for performance reporting required by WIOA or other laws. These include state education agencies, postsecondary commissions, Boards of Regents, and technical or community colleges.
This clarification will facilitate states matching UI wage records with student data to report aggregate outcomes for program completers. Aggregate employment outcomes are important to help WIOA participants pick training programs that lead to good jobs, and help policymakers see that programs are getting results.
The rules do not allow disclosure of individual UI wage records to non-public institutions (for-profit or non-profit). However, these types of training providers may send individual wage records to a state education agency that also gets UI wage records and could calculate aggregate performance.
In their discussion of the proposed rules, the Departments of Education and Labor also propose changes to the Wage Record Interchange System (WRIS) to improve reporting on WIOA participants across state lines. The Departments “intend to engage in a renegotiation of WRIS data sharing agreements with States, which will allow States to conduct interstate wage matches for all WIOA programs.”
Other notable clauses on data and performance include:
Performance reporting. States are required to report on key education and employment outcomes for WIOA program participants, and must provide access to performance reports on eligible training providers. States may face sanctions for late or incomplete reporting.
Adjusting performance targets. For all WIOA programs, negotiation of performance targets will include use of a statistical model that adjusts outcomes based on economic and participant characteristics. The proposed adjustment factors are described in Sec. 677.170 and the Departments are seeking comment on these factors and processes for vetting and updating the model.
Evaluations. The regulations attempt to strengthen federal agencies’ ability to access data to assist with program evaluation. States are required to share UI wage records for some federal evaluations under proposed Sec. 603.6, and the Department of Labor intends to work with the Census Bureau to investigate access to wage records used for its Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program.
Labor Market Information. The rules affirm in Sec. 652.300 the responsibility of the Secretary of Labor to “oversee the development, maintenance, and continuous improvement of the workforce and labor market information system.” In addition, Sec. 652.302 directs the Secretary to develop standard definitions for state wage record data, which would make this valuable information more consistent and usable.
WDQC will continue analyzing the proposed regulations in the coming weeks and will work with our partners to submit comments that build on our earlier recommendations. Beginning April 16, the Departments will accept comments for 60 days through www.regulations.gov.
Posted by Alisha Hyslop on 04/13/2015 at 01:20 PM in Executive Branch, WIOA | Permalink
On Thursday, the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) took a big step forward when the Obama Administration unveiled the long-awaited draft federal regulations. Theses Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) includes thousands of pages of implementation guidelines for WIOA programs as proposed by the Departments of Labor and Education. The Administration will formally publish the NPRMs on April 16, at which point they will provide 60 days for the public to submit comments on the proposed rules. Topics covered by the NPRMs include:
We will continue to update the CTE Policy Watch Blog with additional details and analysis on the proposed rules in the coming days.
Posted by Mitch Coppes on 04/03/2015 at 11:58 AM in WIOA | Permalink
On March 26, the U.S. Department of Labor issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) No. 23-14, related to transitioning youth workforce development programs from the Workforce Investment Act to the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
While most of the provisions of WIOA go into effect on July 1, 2015, states will receive their first allocation of youth formula funds under the law on April 1. These funds will be governed by the new law, however, and must be used “for preparation and programmatic activities for WIOA youth program implementation on July 1.”
Of particular interest to career and technical educators, one of the biggest changes in the youth program under WIOA is the shift to require 75 percent of youth funds to be spent on out-of-school youth (OSY), up from a minimum of 30 percent in current law. This could impact the ability of secondary CTE programs to partner with WIOA youth programs to provide after school or summer work experiences or other supplemental services for in-school youth (ISY). However, the TEGL states that “The Department intends to implement the OSY provision in a way that does not impact services provided to ISY currently enrolled in WIA programs,” and offers some guidance as to how to use transition year funds to ensure this occurs.
Additional flexibility is also being provided to help states gradually meet the new requirement. For program year 2015 (beginning April 1), states and local areas that cannot meet the 75 percent requirement must demonstrate progress toward that number by spending a greater portion of funds on out-of-school youth than in the previous year (at least 10 percent more and at least 50 percent overall).
Additional information in the TEGL is provided on youth councils, new program elements, work experience requirements, participant eligibility and contracting. In addition, a number of program examples and resources are provided to highlight best practices in serving out-of-school youth, including numerous strategies that include partnerships with local schools.
Posted by Alisha Hyslop on 03/30/2015 at 05:16 PM in Executive Branch, WIOA | Permalink
With the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (signed into law last summer) now in full swing, and draft regulations expected this month, resources are constantly emerging to aid states and local communities with the process.
Recently, Workforce3 One, an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, launched a new resource collection site. According to the announcement from Workforce3 One, “The site is intended to provide information and resources for States, local areas, non-profits and other grantees, and other stakeholders to assist with implementation of WIOA. Think of it as your "one-stop" site for technical assistance tools and resources for implementing the Act.” The site provides webinars, links to partner sites, and resources organized in a number of categories:
Information will be added on a regular basis, so bookmark the page to check frequently.
Posted by Alisha Hyslop on 03/26/2015 at 01:50 PM in Executive Branch, WIOA | Permalink
The need to upskill adults is the focus of a new Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) report.
Encouraged by the recent OECD Survey of Adult Skills and informed by the White House’s Ready to Work report and elements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), OCTAE has been spearheading a national response to adult skill deficiencies through a full-year study and engagement with key stakeholders. Making Skills Everyone’s Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States recommends seven strategies for improving adult skills—recommendations not focused on specific agencies or policies, but founded in cross-collaboration:
The publication features a number of local, state and national examples of initiatives that support these recommendations.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 02/25/2015 at 09:40 AM in Data and Research, Executive Branch, WIOA | Permalink
Earlier this year, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that draft regulations expected in January would be delayed until later in the spring, at which point several different Notices of Proposed Rulemaking will be released.
In absence of the expected regulations, however, work continues on WIOA implementation. Last week, DOL issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) No. 19-14, which provides an overview of implementation activity. The TEGL includes three purpose statements; it:
In presenting the department’s vision, three key ideas are presented:
Throughout these vision statements, strategies such as work-based learning, career pathways, sector partnerships and apprenticeships are highlighted. Shifting to the process of implementation, the department emphasizes alignment across programs and with economic development needs, more strategic investments, data-driven decision making, and strengthening partnerships, including with CTE educators and programs under Perkins.
Most of the WIOA provisions (with the exception of the accountability system and some state plan requirements) will take effect in Program Year 2015, which starts on July 1. In addition to the expected Notices of Proposed Rulemaking, additional guidance, including Operating Instructions, will be issued this spring by DOL. The latest information on WIOA implementation can be found at www.doleta.gov/WIOA.
Posted by Alisha Hyslop on 02/23/2015 at 10:05 AM in Executive Branch, WIOA | Permalink
The Department of Education is hosting an open-access webinar on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) for CTE stakeholders. Review the invitation below and make plans to attend to learn more about how this law will affect you! The video mentioned in the invite can be accessed directly at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_CskmYy-DY.
We are pleased to invite you to join Acting Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin and key Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) staff for a Webinar to discuss the intersections and opportunities between the newly-authorized Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). The call will be held on Thursday, December 11 from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EST. Log-in and call-in information will be posted under "Mark Your Calendar" on the "Home" page of the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network (PCRN) at www.ed.gov.
In advance of the call, please view the approximate 10 minute "flipped classroom" video, which will be posted under "What's New" on the "Home" page PCRN. On the Webinar, we will provide the latest updates on topics discussed in the video, including combined state plans, regulations, local infrastructure costs for one-stop centers, and timelines for implementation. Please come prepared with your comments and questions which we will then address!
Posted by Alisha Hyslop on 11/20/2014 at 09:24 AM in Executive Branch, WIOA | Permalink
Recently, a number of new resources have been released to aid states and local communities in implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the majority of which takes effect next year.
First, the National Skills Coalition (NSC) has produced an updated side-by-side comparing the new law to the prior Workforce Investment Act. The side-by-side includes information on Title I, the workforce investment system, as well as Title II, the adult education program. You can sign up directly on the NSC site to be notified when additional resources are released as well.
In addition, the Center for Law and Social Policy, another ACTE partner, has also created a new resource page on WIOA implementation. The compilation of resources is designed to “highlight promising state and local strategies and models that align WIOA's goals and help create pathways to postsecondary and economic success for low-skilled workers, youth, and adults.” It features information on relevant topics such as career pathways, adult education and workforce development.
Also, don’t forget to visit the Department of Labor and Department of Education webpages on WIOA implementation for the latest federal guidance on the new law!
Posted by Alisha Hyslop on 11/06/2014 at 09:42 AM in WIOA | Permalink
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