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National Skills Coalition Releases Recommendations for WIOA State Plans

Posted on 11/18/2014

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National Skill Coalition (NSC) released its latest report, Realizing Innovation and Opportunity in WIOA: A Playbook for Creating Effective State Plans External link opens in new window or tab. The report provides recommendations on how states can use their Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) state plan to establish strategies that close the skill gap and help workers and businesses succeed.

Join NSC on Thursday, November 20 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET External link opens in new window or tab for a webinar covering the report's recommendations, including an overview of WIOA's timeline and opportunities for stakeholders to weigh in on the federal regulatory and guidance process. Register now! External link opens in new window or tab

The writing of a new state workforce development plan is a major opportunity for states. WIOA emphasizes sector partnerships, career pathways, cross-program data and measurement, and job-driven investments. It is written in a way that allows visionary leaders to use it as a lever for strategies that support economic growth and help a wide range of workers succeed in the labor market. The state plan need not be limited to federal programs under WIOA’s four titles or to minimum federal planning requirements. Instead, states are free to use their plans to describe the workforce development system they truly want, and to explain how they will use WIOA and other state and federal programs to achieve that vision. Broad and authentic stakeholder engagement during the planning process will help ensure that the plan is supported both by those who will implement it and by those intended to benefit from it.

There is more in the full post by Bryan Wilson on the NSC Skills Blog External link opens in new window or tab.

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