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2 Speakers Sari Feldman, president-elect, American Library Association and executive director, Cuyahoga County Public Library Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, team leader, Applied Innovation and Improvement, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education Susan Hildreth, director Institute of Museum and Library Services Kimberly Vitelli, chief of Division of National Programs, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor 2

3 Agenda  IMLS and Workforce Development  Overview of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)  Provisions Related to Libraries  Frequently Asked Questions  Partnership in Action  Input from the Field  WIOA Resources 3

4 IMLS and Workforce Development  Millions of Americans depend on libraries for workforce support (estimated 30 million in 2009)  IMLS Partnership with Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration connects libraries with One-stop Centers across US  IMLS Partnership with Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education - “Dear Colleague” letter leverages libraries’ digital literacy training with adult education programs px?id=9&category=7 4

5 IMLS and Workforce Development New opportunities with WIOA  Libraries named as One-Stop partners  Libraries recognized as important providers of training and employment services  Focus for State and Local Workforce Development Boards on digital literacy skills can leverage and build on library services 5

6 Overview of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act  President Barack Obama signed WIOA into law on July 22, 2014.  Passed by Congress with wide bipartisan majority (The Senate voted 93-5 and the House of Representatives voted 415-6).  Reaffirms ongoing role of American Job Centers.  Promotes program coordination and alignment of key employment, education, and training programs at the Federal, State, local, and regional levels.  Builds on proven practices such as sector strategies, career pathways, regional economic approaches, work-based training.  Complements and supports the President’s Job-Driven Workforce Vision. 6

7 Programs under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act  Supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and retains and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner- Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Identifies “core programs”: – Adults, Dislocated Workers, and Youth formula programs and Wagner-Peyser employment services administered by the Department of Labor; and – Adult education and literacy programs and Vocational Rehabilitation state grant programs that assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment administered by the Department of Education.  Authorizes the Job Corps, YouthBuild, Indian and Native Americans, and Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker programs, and evaluation and research activities conducted by DOL. 7

8 Highlights of Reforms to the Public Workforce System under the Act  Requires states to strategically align workforce development programs to support job seekers and employers.  Promotes accountability and transparency of programs.  Fosters regional collaboration to meet the needs of regional economies.  Streamlines and strengthens the strategic roles of workforce development boards.  Enhances services provided to job seekers and employers through the American Job Center system.  Improves services to employers and promotes work-based training. 8

9 Highlights of Reforms to the Public Workforce System under the Act  Provides access to high quality training.  Enhances workforce services for the unemployed and other job seekers.  Improves services to individuals with disabilities.  Makes key investments in serving disconnected youth and other vulnerable populations, including Native Americans and Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers.  Increases the performance and quality of the Job Corps program.  Reinforces connections with Registered Apprenticeship. 9

10 Provisions Related to One-Stop Centers  WIOA increases the quality and accessibility of services that job seekers and employers receive at their local one-stop centers.  States will establish criteria to certify one-stops at least every three years to ensure continuous improvement, access (including physical and programmatic accessibility for individuals with disabilities) and integrated service delivery for job seekers and employers.  Key partners and services will be available at one-stops through co-location of partner programs, and the addition of the TANF program as a mandatory partner.  The workforce system will have a common identifier so workers that need employment or training services and employers that need qualified workers can easily find their local center.  States and local areas are encouraged to improve customer service and program management by integrating intake, case management, and reporting systems.  One-stop partner programs will dedicate funding for infrastructure and other shared costs. 10

11 Adult Ed and Literacy Act, Purpose Create a partnership among Federal Government, States, and localities to provide adult education and literacy services that assist adults to:  Become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency  Become a full partner in the education development of their children  Complete high school AND (new purposes):  Promote transitions from adult education to postsecondary education and training through career pathways  Assist immigrants and English language learners  improve reading, writing, math, speaking, and comprehending English  acquire understanding of American government, individual freedom, and responsibilities of citizenship 11

12 Provisions Related to Libraries  Libraries are an optional partner in one-stop centers.  State boards advise the Governor on ways to improve digital literacy skills.  States may use statewide funds to improve coordination of employment and training activities with adult education and literacy activities, including those provided by libraries.  Libraries are an “eligible provider” of adult education and literacy services. 12

13 Positive Partnership Examples  IMLS and OCTAE recently released a Dear Colleague letter pledging greater coordination of services to address digital literacy.Dear Colleague letter  IMLS and DOL/ETA released joint guidance on how libraries support job seekers.joint guidance  IMLS and USCIS pledged support on offering services to immigrants and their to immigrants  Libraries are trusted community engagement and information hubs. 13

14 Frequently Asked Questions  What does it mean to be a “one-stop partner”?  Does WIOA change funding for one-stop partners?  How will WIOA improve seamless service delivery for clients?  Since libraries provide services to enhance digital literacy, how can libraries help with planning and providing these activities, especially if the library does not sit on the State or local Workforce Development Board?  With WIOA’s increased focus on serving out-of-school youth, what are ways in which libraries can help meet the needs of these youth? 14

15 Input from Libraries to WIOA 1.How might libraries and the workforce system partner in the future? 2.What have libraries and the workforce system already been doing? 3.Are there barriers or stumbling blocks that have been identified? 15

16 Technical Assistance Tools and Resources  Department of Labor – WIOA Resource Page ( – WIOA Dedicated Email (  Department of Education – Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education’s WIOA Resource Page ( – WIOA Dedicated Email ( – Rehabilitation Services Administration’s WIOA Resource Page ( reauthorization.html) reauthorization.html – WIOA Dedicated Email ( 16

17 Cuyahoga Works 17

18 Stay tuned For more information: District Dispatch ( Department of Education ( Department of Labor ( IMLS ( 18

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