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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

On behalf of its member network, ProLiteracy submitted comments to the Department of Labor and the Department of Education on the proposed regulations governing implementation and administration of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). A number of ProLiteracy members and state organizations provided feedback that helped ProLiteracy develop our comments document in response to these proposed WIOA regulations.

Our suggestions centered around the following:

  • The new system’s focus on rapid advancement to postsecondary education or employment, which can be a challenge for low-level and hard-to-serve adults
  • Additional evaluation and measurement procedures that meet employment and education needs of low-level learners and that do not financially burden smaller service providers
  • The importance of including non-traditional service providers, including CBOs and volunteer-based organizations, in local workforce investment boards
  • Alternatives to the use of “integrated education and training programs” for those at the lowest levels
  • Requesting English Language Learning provisions that are not exclusively focused on career pathways

Review a copy of ProLiteracy's comments here.