PowerPoint slides from the webinar

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
 IMLS and Workforce Development
 Overview of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
 Provisions Related to Libraries
 Frequently Asked Questions
 Partnership in Action
 Input from the Field
 WIOA Resources
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
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
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
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 WagnerPeyser 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.
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
 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
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
 Reinforces connections with Registered Apprenticeship.
Provisions Related to One-Stop
 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
 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
 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
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
 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
acquire understanding of American government, individual freedom,
and responsibilities of citizenship
Provisions Related to Libraries
 Libraries are an optional partner in one-stop
 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.
Positive Partnership Examples
 IMLS and OCTAE recently released a Dear Colleague letter
pledging greater coordination of services to address digital
 IMLS and DOL/ETA released joint guidance on how libraries
support job seekers.
 IMLS and USCIS pledged support on offering services to
immigrants and their families.
 Libraries are trusted community engagement and information
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?
Input from Libraries to WIOA
1. How might libraries and the workforce system partner in the
2. What have libraries and the workforce system already been
3. Are there barriers or stumbling blocks that have been
Technical Assistance Tools and
 Department of Labor
– WIOA Resource Page (www.doleta.gov/WIOA)
– WIOA Dedicated Email ([email protected])
 Department of Education
– Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education’s WIOA Resource
Page (http://www.ed.gov/AEFLA)
– WIOA Dedicated Email ([email protected])
– Rehabilitation Services Administration’s WIOA Resource Page
– WIOA Dedicated Email ([email protected])
Cuyahoga Works
Stay tuned
For more information:
• District Dispatch
• Department of Education
• Department of Labor
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