Presentation on theme: "Highlights of WIOA Reforms for Adult Education"— Presentation transcript:
1 Highlights of WIOA Reforms for Adult Education Spring 2015 Administrators’ Meeting
2 Quick FactsWorkforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) revised and reauthorized the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) (July 2014)Seeks to improve coordination between primary federal programsCreated to help an individual acquire a combination of basic academic, critical thinking, digital literacy, and self-management skills
3 Core ProgramsThe Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth formula (Dept. of Labor—Title I)The Adult Education and Literacy (Dept. of Ed.—Title II)The Wagner-Peyser Act employment services program administration (Dept. of Labor--Title III)The programs under Title I of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act administered by ED under Title IV.
4 Key Principles of WIOAProgram AlignmentCreates unified strategic planning across programsEnhances role of State & Local WIBs in developing and implementing a Unified State PlanIncreased AccountabilityEstablishes common measuresIncreases accountability and transparency through reporting and evaluationsEnhanced Service DeliveryPromotes engagement of employers and education alignmentStrengthens partnerships and investments in one-stop delivery system
5 AEFLA: Unified State Plan Align content standards for adult education with state-adopted academic standardsFund local activities using considerations for grantsPrograms for corrections educationEnglish literacy and civics educationIntegrated education and trainingUse funds to carry out State Leadership ActivitiesAssess the quality of adult education providers
6 Some of our State Partnerships Adult Education Division (AED)ApprenticeshipsArkansas Career Technical Institute (ACTI)Arkansas Community College (ACC)Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS)Career Technical Education (CTE)Chamber of CommerceDept. of EducationDept. of Workforce Services (DWS)Workforce Investment Boards (WIB)AR Economic Development Commission
7 Title II-Retains AEFLA Purposes Assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiencyAssist adults who are parents or family members become a full partner in the education development of their childrenAssist adults in completing high school
8 Expands AEFLA Purposes Promote transitions from adult education to post secondary education and training through career pathwaysAssist immigrants and English Language LearnersImprove reading, writing, math, speaking, and comprehending the English languageAcquire understanding of American government, individual freedom, and responsibilityActivities must be provided in combination with Integrated Education and Training (IET) activities
9 Key Changes for Adult Education Strengthens alignment of adult education with postsecondary and workforce activitiesStrengthens career pathways and integrated education and trainingLinks English Literacy/Civics with integrated education and training
10 Key Changes for Adult Education Requires specific state leadership activities:Alignment of services with the workforce systemQuality professional developmentTechnical assistance to local providersMonitoring and evaluation of local providersRequires that the local adult education plans be reviewed by the local workforce board to ensure alignment.
11 Key Changes for Adult Education Supports educational and career advancements for incarcerated individualsEncourages establishment of a high-quality local adult education delivery system13 Considerations must be metActivities that promote IET; coordination with education, training, employers, and social service providers to promote career pathways
12 Important Title I Definitions Individual with Barriers to EmploymentCareer PathwayOne-Stop PartnerSupportive ServicesWorkforce Development System
13 Individual with Barrier to Employment A member of one or more of the following populations:Displaced homemakersEx-offendersLong-term unemployedLow income individualsHomeless individuals, or homeless children and youthIndividuals within 2 years of exhausting lifetime eligibility under the SSA, title IV part AIndians, Alaska Natives, and Native HawaiiansYouth who are in or have aged out of foster careSingle parents (including single pregnant women)Individuals with disabilities, including youthEnglish language learners, individuals with low levels of literacy, and individuals facing substantial cultural barriersSuch other groups as the Governor determines to have barriers to employmentOlder individualsMigrant and seasonal farm workers
14 Career pathwayA combination of rigorous and high quality education, training, and other services that--Aligns with skill needs of industries in the State and regional economyOrganizes education, training, and other services to meet the particular needs of an individual to accelerate educational and career advancementPrepares individuals to be successful in secondary or postsecondary education options, including registered apprenticeshipsEnables an individual to attain a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, and at least 1 recognized post secondary credentialIncludes counseling to support in achieving the individual’s education and career goalsHelps and individual enter or advance within a specific occupation or occupational clusterIncludes education offered concurrently with workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster
16 Membership of State Boards Reduces the size of State Workforce Development BoardsState Director of adult education and local adult director have seats on the boardInclude business majority, labor organizations, an apprenticeship (new), organizations serving individuals with barriers tor employmentIncludes the lead State official with the responsibility for the core programs
17 Functions of State Workforce Board Develop and implement State PlanAlign core programs and develop and improve workforce systemDevelop career pathwaysDevelop and implement one-stopsIdentify economic development regions and local market areasEstablish state performance measures and targets to assess effectiveness of core programs
18 Functions of State Workforce Board Cont. Develop policies to coordinate servicesAlign technology and data systems across one-stop partnersTechnological improvements for digital literacy, accelerating learning, accessibility, and professional development
19 Ultimate GoalHelp individuals gain the education and skills they need to transition into postsecondary education/training and/or workforce.
20 Group DiscussionWhat opportunities exist for partnering with external stakeholders in your region in implementing the new WIOA law? Challenges?What are the high-skill, high-wage job industries in your area that can be used to develop career pathways?What specific resources do you need to assist students and employers?How do you see your role in the implementation of the new law?
21 ReferencesNational Council of State Directors of Adult Education (NCSDAE)Career Clusters
22 ReferencesOne-Stop Center Service Design Quick Start Action Planner (QSAP)Adult Education and Family Literacy Act: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) Comment Expires: June 15, 2015Search for Proposed Federal Regulations