Aligned by Design is a series of webinars hosted by National Skills Coalition that will explore how states can proactively use the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) planning process to align key human capital investments to produce better outcomes for individuals and local economies. Each webinar will feature national and local experts and will address key principles for aligning WIOA with particular federal funding streams, whether as part of a unified or combined plan.
- June 8 - Aligned by Design: WIOA & Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE)
- June 17 - Aligned by Design: WIOA & Adult Education (Title II)
- July 1 - Aligned by Design: WIOA & Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- July 21 - Aligned by Design: WIOA & Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T)
WIOA offers new opportunities for the workforce system and Career and Technical Education (CTE) to work together. Whether a state creates a “Combined Plan” that includes WIOA and the State Plan for Perkins, or a state writes a “Unified Plan,” the state should consider how these programs can best work together to prepare individuals for careers that meet employer skill needs.
NSC released a fact sheet outlining areas where alignment can occur to supplement the upcoming webinar discussion.
• Kimberly Green, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
• Alisha Hyslop, Director of Public Policy, Association for Career and Technical Education
• Gene Dudley, Director, Career and Technical Education, Alabama Community College System
WIOA provides unprecedented opportunities for Title II adult education services to function in collaboration with Title I workforce services. While this coordination across titles is required regardless of whether states chose to create a "unified plan" or "combined plan" under WIOA, much remains to be seen in terms of how it will occur. Adult educators can play a key role in determining the design and execution of coordination in their states. Join us to discuss important considerations for adult educators in WIOA planning.
• Art Ellison, Public Policy Chair, National Council of State Directors of Adult Education; and Administrator, New Hampshire Bureau of Adult Education
• Reecie Stagnolia, Vice President for Adult Education, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
WIOA offers new opportunities for the workforce system and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs to work together. Regardless of whether a state opts to develop a unified plan or a combined plan under WIOA, TANF representatives should be included in the planning process from the outset to help define TANF’s role in achieving the state’s goals, and to identify and address potential barriers to collaboration. Aligned by Design: WIOA & TANF features national and local experts to address key principles for aligning human capital investments to produce better outcomes for individuals and local economies.
• Kermit Kaleba, Federal Policy Director, National Skills Coalition
• Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Policy Coordinator & Director, Income and Work Supports, Center for Law and Social Policy
• Cindy Blakeney Varner, Assistant Director for Employment Assistance, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services
WIOA provides new opportunities for the workforce system and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) to work together. The WIOA state planning process provides an opportunity for states to align SNAP E&T with the broader workforce system to help SNAP participants build their skills and find family-supporting jobs. Aligned by Design: WIOA & SNAP E&T features national and local experts to address key principles for education and training investments to produce better outcomes for individuals and local economies.
• Brooke DeRenzis, Senior State Policy Analyst, National Skills Coalition
• Ed Bolen, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
• Alice Pritchard, Executive Director, Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund
• Bill Seedman, Public Assistance Consultant, Connecticut Department of Social Services