ALERT: 11/24 Conference Call – Next Steps on WIOA Implementation

The Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services present:

Next Steps on WIOA Implementation

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
Please Join the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services for a Conference Call with Workforce Development Stakeholders

Monday, November 24, 2014

3:00 pm — 4:00 pm EST
Toll Free: 888-982-4692
Passcode: 2921187

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This will be a conference call with the Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration Portia Wu, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education Johan Uvin, Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration Janet LaBreck, and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families Mark Greenberg.

The purpose of this call is to share our joint vision for the implementation of WIOA and discuss critical steps that can be taken now by states, local areas, and partners to ensure successful implementation.

During the call, you may send questions to


Transition Services: A “Hot Education Career” – US News

From U.S. News and World Report: “Transition services is just one area among several offering opportunity in the special-ed field, which besides classroom teachers also includes case managers and occupational therapists. Median pay for teachers is about $55,100, slightly higher than for most other teaching disciplines; according to the Department of Education’s latest teacher shortage survey, nearly all 50 states report a lack of qualified professionals. ‘There are such significant needs at the different levels,’ says Kimberly Paulsen, associate professor of special education at Vanderbilt. ‘We get calls, if not every day, at least three, four times a week from school districts’ looking for people, she says.”

Read more: Think Outside the Box With These Hot Education Careers – US News.


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, Employment & Training Administration ETA – U.S. Department of Labor

From the U.S. Department of Labor: “President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act WIOA into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.

Every year the key programs that form the pillars of WIOA help tens of millions of job seekers and workers to connect to good jobs and acquire the skills and credentials needed to obtain them. The enactment of WIOA provides opportunity for reforms to ensure the American Job Center system is job-driven—responding to the needs of employers and preparing workers for jobs that are available now and in the future.

WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. In general, the Act takes effect on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment, unless otherwise noted. The U.S. Department of Labor DOL will issue further guidance on the timeframes for implementation of these changes and proposed regulations reflecting the changes in WIOA soon after enactment.”

Read more: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, Employment & Training Administration ETA – U.S. Department of Labor.


U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy – Individualized Learning Plan

You may have heard about something called an Individualized Learning Plan ILP. Maybe you’ve even got one! If you do have one, you have a choice: 1 Start it and treat it like any other assignment, or 2 KICKSTART it into an experience that empowers you to take charge of your future.This guide can help you KICKSTART your ILP by answering these five key questions:What exactly is an ILP?What are some examples of ILP activities?Why does an ILP matter?Can an ILP really help me?How do I KICKSTART my ILP?

via U.S. Department of Labor — ODEP – Office of Disability Employment Policy – Individualized Learning Plan.


U.S. Department of Labor: “Plotting a Roadmap to Success”

From the US Department of Labor:

“The department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy recently completed a five-year study on the use of Individualized Learning Plans, a planning tool used by 38 states to personalize learning, engage students and prepare them for life beyond high school. Through student-directed college and career exploration activities, students can take charge of their futures. Because they generally start while a student is in middle school and are updated frequently, ILPs also allow students with disabilities and their families to engage in comparatively early and in-depth transition planning.”

Learn more via… Plotting a Roadmap to Success.