Updated December 2016
This workforce development initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor seeks to better align the workforce system with education and economic development, creating a collective response to economic and labor market challenges on the national, state, and local levels.
Title I adult programs target populations identified as having barriers to employment including those with low income, limited skills, a lack of work experience, or other limitations to economic success.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA Public Law 113 128) is the authorizing legislation for six “core programs” in the public workforce development system.
WIOA Title I adult programs could target individual or cohort training services to support participants in secondary and postsecondary career pathways programs.
Title I adult programs have Priority of Service provisions focusing on individuals in CalWORKs or other public benefits programs. Partnership with these providers could help align services.
Title I adult career counselors could partner with career pathway education providers to offer intensive career services for program participants. This could help mitigate non-academic barriers to program completion and support participants toward employment placement and retention.
Title I adult administrators could partner with local workforce development boards to lead industry collaboration efforts, and engage their education partners in building career pathway programs that meet regional employment needs.
The Measureable Skills Gain performance measure could help programs track individuals’ progress while in an education and training program.
A Roadmap for Joint Regional Planning from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office can help initiatives identify resources, tools, key questions, and regional partners in order to facilitate collaboration around WIOA and the Strong Workforce Program.