WIOA Updates


Montana
National

Montana

Date
Information Chunk
5/19/16
Measurable Skills Gain

2/1/16
MT WIOA Meeting on MT State Plan - February 3 from 12 to 2

Connect via adobeconnect:  http://connect.opi.mt.gov/Mable

1/25/16 Montana WIOA State Plan for Public Comment

9/7/15 Montana WIOA Kickoff Follow-up
Presentations posted on DLI website:  https://dli.mt.gov/  under Data and Publications.

9/5/15 Clasp:  Opportunities for Action - Career Pathways:  State Plan and Policy
8/13/15 WIOA Vision for One Stop Delivery System

Dear Colleagues,

On August 13, 2015, the Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, in collaboration with the Department’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services, released a program memorandum entitled, Vision for the One-Stop Delivery System under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  The program memorandum lays out the vision for the one-stop delivery system under WIOA, highlights characteristics the Departments believe contribute to a high-quality one-stop delivery system, and provides links to key technical assistance resources to support states and local areas as they integrate this vision into their system.

The Departments encourage states to adopt this vision and build it into the policies and procedures related to the establishment and management of the one-stop delivery system. 

Thank you,

Cheryl L. Keenan

Director, Adult Education and Literacy

Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education

U.S. Department of Education

8/10/15 Montana WIOA Kickoff Update
Updated Agenda
8/10/15 Request for Comments

The Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development are soliciting comments concerning a collection of data that will be used for unified and combined state plans under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  The WIOA Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements is a consolidated information collection that would implement sections 102 and 103 of WIOA (P.L. 113-128). WIOA requires that, no later than March 3, 2016, each State, at a minimum, submit a Unified State Plan as a condition of receiving funds for core programs subject to the Unified State Plan requirements. In the alternative, States may submit a Combined State Plan as a condition of receiving funds under certain named programs subject to the Combined State Plan provisions. See 29 U.S.C.  3112 and 3113The Unified or Combined State Plan requirements are designed to improve service integration and ensure that the publicly-funded workforce system provides a range of employment, education, training, and related services and supports to help all jobseekers secure good jobs while providing businesses with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.  To that end, the Unified or Combined State Plan would describe how the State will develop and implement a unified, integrated service delivery system rather than discuss the State’s approach to operating each program individually.

A copy of the proposed Information Collection Request with applicable supporting documentation may be accessed at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting Docket ID number ETA-2015-0006 or directly at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=ETA-2015-0006-0002The comment period is open for 60 days and closes on October 5, 2015.  Any comments not received through the processes outlined in the Federal Register will not be considered by the departments.  Technical assistance materials will be available at http://wioa.workforce3one.org.

7/6/15

WIOA Joint Blog: Making a Shift in the Public Workforce System

On July 1, 2015 many of the provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) went into effect. OCTAE, along with our partners at the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services released a blog discussing the combined efforts at the federal, state, and local levels to date, and how the federal partners will continue to support the transformation of the public workforce system as state and local officials work to transform their systems. Read the joint statement about this significant milestone by Acting Assistant Secretary of OCTAE Johan E. Uvin and our partner agencies.

We encourage you to continue to visit www.ed.gov/aefla for additional information and resources, as they become available.

Cheryl L. Keenan

Director, Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

6/29/15 Montana WIOA Kickoff
August 18-20
Gateway Center, Helena
Agenda
5/11/15
5/1/15
4/6/15 WIOA:  Five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking Available for Public Inspection - Sixty Day Comment Period Begins April 16

Below are the Title I, Tilte II proposed regulations for WIOA along with the llisting of the tables of contents for the two documents that highight the key sections related to our adult education programs.  This material was sent to State Directors of Adult Education last Friday.  After April 16, 2016, the US Department of Education will be accepting comments on these rules.

Once the state directors have fully examined the proposed rules, I will be issuing materials htat will highlight the critical issues for our programs.  I hope to have input from other sates by our April meeting.

Margaret Bowles

2/20/15 Vision for the Workforce System and Initial Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014

Our first official guidance for the new law. Please click on the link below to read the vision for implementation; it is only seven pages.  You will be very glad we are working on the pathways partner project and that the integrated data team has already been meeting. 

Margaret

Dear State Director,

On February 19, 2015, the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, in collaboration with its federal partners, released the following Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL No. 19-14, http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEGL/TEGL_19-14.pdf).  The TEGL, entitled Vision for the Workforce System and Initial Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, lays out the vision for a revitalized workforce system under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and highlights a number of actions State and local workforce system leaders can take to begin planning and implementing WIOA prior to the release of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and publication of the final rule.

In the coming weeks, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education will be releasing a companion piece highlighting the vision and role of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act program as a workforce system partner and adult education activities that support opportunities for adult learners. 

Thank you,

Cheryl L. Keenan

Director, Adult Education and Literacy

Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education

U. S. Department of Education

1/12/15 WIOA Regulations Timeline Update

The document below announces the regulations for WIOA will not be released in January. A spring release is now the target date. OCTAE has not released any statements on the impact on our required due dates. The Montana state WIOA partners have agreed to start meeting in early February to begin our Unified Plan regardless of the lack of regulation release. The common belief is that we need to get started.

I will keep you posted as I receive information.

Margaret Bowles, Adult Literacy and Basic Education Director

WIOA Notice

Q.  When will the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Notice of Proposed Rulemaking be published?

A.  The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), enacted July 22, 2014, provides many opportunities to advance a customer-centered workforce investment system driven by the needs of job seekers and employers, to support strong regional economies, and to provide individuals with pathways to the middle class and beyond.   

WIOA establishes an aggressive timeframe for the Departments of Labor and Education to publish a set of regulations for implementation.  The Departments continue to work diligently together to develop these regulations, informed in part by outreach to outside stakeholders, as appropriate.  While we continue to work toward completion of this important and complex proposal, the publication of the proposed regulations is currently anticipated to occur in Spring 2015, rather than January 18, 2015, as stipulated in WIOA.

In Spring 2015, the Departments of Labor and Education plan to concurrently publish five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) to implement WIOA.  One of these will be a joint NPRM involving jointly administered activities including unified and combined state plans, performance, and aspects of the one-stop system.  Another NPRM will implement the remaining provisions of Title I and Title III that are administered by the Department of Labor. Three additional NPRMs involve Department of Education programs, including one implementing Title II Adult Education and Literacy and two implementing the Title IV Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 of WIOA.  These five NPRMs will be published in the Federal Register and posted on www.regulations.gov, where public comments can be submitted following publication.  The Departments of Labor and Education will analyze these public comments, and anticipate issuing Final Rules implementing WIOA in early 2016.

Because many provisions of WIOA go into effect July 1, 2015, the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) also will issue operating guidance in Spring 2015 to support implementation.  In addition, ETA intends to issue targeted guidance documents in the Spring, accompanied by technical assistance activities.  Once issued, the guidance can be accessed at www.doleta.gov/WIOA/.

To achieve successful implementation and the full vision of WIOA, ETA will continue to consult with the workforce system and strongly advises states and local areas to begin planning and taking action to prepare to implement WIOA immediately.  There are legislative and technical assistance tools currently available at www.doleta.gov/wioa that can support initial WIOA transitional activities. 

11/3/14
Chunk #5

Last week I participated in the Region IV WIOA Town Hall meeting. The Montana delegation participated via WebEX, and it was a wonderful opportunity to join eleven other states in voicing our questions and concerns regarding the implementation of WIOA. The six hour meeting opened with comments from national leaders representing US Department of Labor, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, and Health and Human Services. Each spokesperson discussed why this new law is a game changer. For the remainder of the day, the participants were divided into work groups to address a series of questions. The responses to these questions will be used ensure the January guidance is clear, concise, and meets the needs of state WIOA partners. Below are the Town Hall questions and Power Point presentation.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss the questions or PowerPoint.

Margaret Bowles
Adult Literacy and Basic Education Director

9/15/14
Chunk #4

Good Afternoon,

I participated in the fourth and last OCTAE WIOA session with this morning. It was an introduction to the new performance and accountability system. The significant changes will be discussed at our conference, and over the course of the next several months we will continue to receive guidance and clarifications on the changes.

Below is the link to the video that we were asked to watch prior to the  Webinar.

Watch Title I-Performance and Accountability System at: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhMwe0s6O3w  

Please call me if you have any questions.

Margaret Bowles
Adult Literacy and Basic Education Director

9/4/14
Chunk #3

Today I participated in a Webinar on the WIOA unified plan.   I was delighted to hear that strategic components of the plan must include analysis of the economic conditions of the state, as well as workforce and labor market trends.  These are all topics that will be included in your pathways work plans, which we will begin developing at the October regional meetings. You will be so ready for the RFP! 

Today I am sharing the link to a video on an overview of the WIOA Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act,  portion of WIOA. This is all about us!

Watch Session II:  Overview of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgeQBG0OJ1A

Please contact me if you have any questions. We will have time at our ABLE conference to discuss WIOA.

Margaret Bowles
Adult Literacy and Basic Education Director

8/25/14
Chunk #2

Greetings,

I continue to engage in several WIOA conference calls and Webinars each week. At this point in time, there is still a lot of speculation and assumptions. Once we receive the guidance from OCTAE in January, we can move forward with more definitive answers.

I would like to share significant pieces of information regarding upcoming accountability and new state level activities.

Below is also an invitation to the WIOA Webinar scheduled for next week, the details are below.

Please contact me with any questions you may have about WIOA, and the Blog is available for your questions through next Friday, August 29th.

Margaret

Accountability and State Level Activities

Performance Measures in WIOA:

1.     Percentage of program participants employed during the second quarter after exit

2.     Percentage of program participants employed during the fourth quarter after exit

3.     Median earnings of program participants

4.     Percentage of participants who obtain a postsecondary credential

5.     Percentage of participants who during the program year achieve a measurable skill gain

6.     Effectiveness in serving employers

Three New Title II Activities in WIOA:

1.     Integrated education and training: Aims to provide adult education and literacy activities concurrently and contextually with workforce preparation activities and workforce training. Targets training in occupations or clusters that assist adults in their educational and career advancement.

2.     Workforce preparation activities:  Activities, programs, or services to help individuals gain basic academic, critical thinking, digital literacy, and self-management. Includes competencies in utilizing resources and using information, and acquiring other skills necessary for successful transition into postsecondary education, training, or employment

3.     Integrated English Literacy and Civics (IEL/CE):  Codifies IEL/CE programs; Provides instruction in literacy and English language acquisition, the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation, and workforce training. Focuses program design on integrated education and training activities and coordination with the local workforce system.

Webinar:  Invitation for Update – Thursday 8/28 12:30pm – 2pm MST

U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). This webinar will provide a broad Join a webinar, The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): An Overview of Adult Education and Literacy, hosted by the overview of the legislation, key dates for implementation, and useful information on resources and materials for adult education and literacy partners and stakeholders. The event will also feature a panel of representatives from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Labor.

Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014

Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm ET

The webinar will stream live from this link on the EdStream site and will be recorded. No registration or call-in phone number is necessary.

Please distribute this opportunity broadly with your program staff, and representatives of local education agencies, researchers, business and industry, and other stakeholders.

Send questions in advance about WIOA implementation to AskAEFLA@ed.gov.

For other WIOA updates and resources, please visit OCTAE’s resource page at www.ed.gov/aefla.

Margaret Bowles
Adult Literacy and Basic Education Director

8/7/14
Chunk #1

Good Afternoon,

… OCTAE hosted a call for state directors today, and below are the three significant pieces of information for you. The video is a great introduction to the new law; very good for sharing at meetings. You can post comments on the blog (keeping in mind it is public). Lastly, there are the links for more information. We were reminded that interpretation and regulation lies ahead, and we should avoid assumptions.

More to come….

Watch the overview video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veZvR4eVEUc&feature=youtu.be

BLOG AVAILABLE

Margaret Bowles
Adult Literacy and Basic Education Director

8/5/14

WORKFORCE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY GRANT (WIOA)

Summary Statements From the Week of July 22, 2014

Key statements from Stakeholders Conference Call-July 23 (2000 participants) with comments from Secretary Duncan and Secretary Perez; Pathways Coaches Conference Call-July 22nd with Judy Alamprese and Becky Dyer; NAEPDC Small State Roundtable

  • Workforce system for the 21st century (foster a modern workforce)
  • Everyone should read Job Training Report released by Vice President Biden for specific cross-agency actions Ready to Work: Job Driven Training and American Opportunity.
  • Significant improvement in working with partners to give underserved a career pathway
  • Unified plan will go from the Governor to the Secretary of Labor
  • Regulations within six months, guidance will include further information on the following:
    • Unified state plan
    • Data:  all programs will have the same performance indicators
  • Heart of the new law pathways and partnerships
  • Very large focus on employment gains
    • Think about every student/client on a postsecondary tract
  • OCTAE will be scheduling regular updates for state directors as they go through the law
    • Chunks of information will be forwarded to programs


National

Date
Information

More current National WIOA Update news now posted at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/National_News2015.html

6/5/15

More information about Comment Period

Comments Documents on WIOA Proposed Regulations

There are THREE different solicitations for comments (Click below): 

       one for the Joint Rule which is that first part of Title I that applies to all titles;

       one for the training portion of Title I; and

       one for adult education.

Each has its own Regulatory Identification Number (RIN) and that RIN is a part of the file name and is on the heading of each of the three documents.  So when you go to submit, you will need to submit each separately, one at a time.

Click below for:


4/3/15

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act— Five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking Available for Public Inspection:  Sixty Day Comment Period Begins April 16

On Thursday, April 2, 2015, the Department of Education released a program memorandum announcing five notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) related to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). We encourage you to share this information with interested stakeholders, and to become familiar now with the content of the NPRMs in advance of the comment period. 

The notices are:

  • A NPRM between ED and the Department of Labor (DOL) to implement jointly-administered activities under Title I of WIOA regarding unified and combined state plans, performance accountability, and the one-stop system.  This NPRM applies to all core programs, including state vocational rehabilitation services and adult education programs.

  • A DOL-only NPRM to implement changes made to the adult, dislocated worker, and youth programs authorized under Title I of WIOA.
  • An ED-only NPRM that will implement changes to programs authorized under Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), which are contained in Title II of WIOA.
  • Two ED-only NPRMs that will implement changes made to the programs authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which are contained in Title IV of WIOA, as well as new provisions. 

The AEFLA Title II NPRM is available online at https://federalregister.gov/a/2015-05540.  The other four NRPMs are posted on the Federal Register Public Inspection website at https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection.  They will all be available for comment during a 60-day period beginning on April 16, 2015. 

Please visit www.ed.gov/aefla for links to the NPRMs and additional resources and information. 

3/17/15 Using "Measurable Skill Gains" to Best Serve Low-Income, Lower-Skilled Individuals
10/6/14 ARCHIVED Webinar: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): An Overview of Adult Education and Literacy

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): An Overview of Adult Education and Literacy Webinar. This webinar, featured on Aug. 28, provided a broad overview of the legislation, key dates for implementation, and useful information on resources and materials for adult education and literacy partners and stakeholders. The event also featured a panel of representatives from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Labor. See the Presentation slides [ PDF] and Archived webinar.

9/14/14

Webinar: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): An Overview of Adult Education and Literacy. This webinar provided a broad overview of the legislation, key dates for implementation, and useful information on resources and materials for adult education and literacy partners and stakeholders. The event also featured a panel of representatives from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Labor. Presentation slides [ PDF, 586K] [Archived webinar link coming soon]

9/8/14 Video:  Session 4:  Title I - Performance Accountability System

Transcript:
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/wioa-info-session-4-transcript.pdf
9/2/14 Video:  Session 3:  Title I - State Workforce Boards and Unified Plans

Transcript:
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/wioa-info-session-3-transcript.pdf
8/20/14 Video:  Session 2:  Overview of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (WIOA)

Transcript:
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/wioa-info-session-2-transcript.pdf
8/7/14 Video:  Session 1:  Overview of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Transcript:
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/wioa-info-session-1-transcript.pdf
8/5/14 U.S. Department of Education WIOA Site
8/4/14 Brief WIOA Summary

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a historic bipartisan, bicameral bill that amends and reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) through fiscal year 2020, will be signed into law by President Obama.  H.R. 803, which passed in the Senate on June 25 and cleared the House on July 9, authorizes key improvements to the nation’s workforce development system. It will help workers attain the foundation skills necessary for 21st-century jobs and foster a modern workforce to help American companies be competitive.  The law emphasizes the creation of career pathway programs, the integration and coordination of education and training services, and the development of sector-based strategies and streamlined service delivery to individuals—especially  those who are underprepared.

Key provisions, designed to better align employment and training services for youth and adults with adult education and vocational rehabilitation services include requiring states to develop unified plans and use common accountability measures.  The new law eliminates the “sequence of services” provisions of the WIA and provides the ability to fund training services through contractual arrangements, opening expanded opportunities for community colleges to participate in the federal workforce program. The provisions emphasize regional planning, and sector-based strategies.

The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), Title II of the WIA, remains a core program in WIOA. Key changes to that act are designed to increase the emphasis on the transition of adult education participants to postsecondary education and training.  The WIOA creates new adult education activities for workforce preparation and integrated education and training.   It requires states to align adult education content standards with their own rigorous k–12 standards under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  The law also codifies the English Literacy and Civics Education program making it a part of authorizing legislation rather than requiring action each year in appropriations legislation. 

The law has implications for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). Under the new legislation, postsecondary CTE programs that receive Perkins funding would be required partners in the WIOA one-stop centers and delivery system. This includes these programs participating in state-coordinated, shared infrastructure costs as well as service delivery coordination. CTE centers or schools are designated, among other institutions, as eligible one-stop centers. 

The responsibility of further defining how the transition from WIA to WIOA is carried out, along with guidance on key aspects of the unified plan and single accountability system, will be determined by the secretaries of Labor and Education.  Watch OCTAE Connection and the OCTAE blog for up-to-date details as they emerge.