• Overview

    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition brings together leaders from education and training institutions, economic and workforce development organizations, business and industry, labor, and human service providers. The Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet employer skill needs, and strengthen the workforce system to ensure opportunity and prosperity for Ohio families.
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Demystifying the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for Community and Economic Developers: A Primer

With provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act already in effect, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Senior Policy Analyst Joseph Ott highlights key reforms of the WIOA along with implications for policy makers and practitioners. What changes has this legislation prompted, and how might they help improve outcomes for workers, employers, and communities alike?

Read his report here.

National Skills Coalition, Commission on Adult Basic Education offering Adult Ed webinar

National Skills Coalition is pleased to be partnering with the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) for a special webinar designed for adult education practitioners, “WIOA Implementation: What Adult Education Practitioners Need to Know”.

The webinar takes place 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, EST.

Click here to register.

The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) took effect on July 1. As states move from the theoretical to the practical, what do adult educators need to know? Join COABE and NSC for a hands-on review of WIOA’s key implications for the adult education field.

Presenter Amanda Bergson-Shilcock will provide an overview of the current WIOA landscape, including opportunities for adult educators to weigh in on implementation issues in their states and localities. Webinar participants also will have the opportunity to respond to several quick polls during the webinar, and submit their WIOA questions for the presenter to address. Don’t miss this useful conversation — register today!

About the Presenter

Amanda Bergson-Shilcock is a Senior Policy Analyst at NSC. She has more than a decade of experience in adult education and immigration issues.

ODJFS offers education sessions in October, releases policies for the implementation of the WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth Programs

ODJFS offers education sessions in October, releases policies for the implementation of the WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth Programs

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will host a four-day educational event for Ohio’s workforce development community to provide information on the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) on Oct. 20-23, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 North High Street. Program, registration and hotel information will be provided in August 2015. For more information, email WIAQNA@jfs.ohio.gov.

In other news, a series of policies pertaining to the implementation of the WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth Programs have been published and are available on eManuals and the Office of Workforce Development website. Click on the links below for an eManual on each category listed.

WIOAPL 15-02 — Adult and Dislocated Worker Eligibility

WIOAPL 15-03 — Youth Program Eligibility

WIOAPL 15-04 — Selective Service Registration

WIOAPL 15-05 — Serving Applicants with a Close Relationship to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Program

WIOAPL 15-06 — Determination of Dependent Status

WIOAPL 15-07 — Source Documentation for WIOA Eligibility

WIOAPL 15-08 — Career Services for Adults and Dislocated Workers

WIOAPL 15-09 — Training Services for Adults and Dislocated Workers

WIOAPL 15-10 — Youth Program Services

WIOAPL 15-11 — Use of Individual Training Accounts (ITA)

WIOAPL 15-12 — Work Experience for Adults and Dislocated Workers

WIOAPL 15-13 — Work Experience for Youth

WIOAPL 15-14 — Needs-Related Payments (NRPs) Using Adult and Dislocated Worker Formula Funds

Policy information may also be obtained at the Office of Workforce Development website.

Register for National Skills Coalition Workforce Innovation and Opporunity Act (WIOA)/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) webinar

Today, in partnership with CLASP and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, NSC released a fact sheet outlining areas where Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) alignment can occur. The fact sheet supplements the upcoming webinar discussion.

WIOA offers new opportunities for the workforce system and 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.

The Aligned by Design: WIOA & TANF webinar features national and local experts to address key principles for aligning human capital investments to produce better outcomes for individuals and local economies.

Speakers include:
• 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

Click here to register for the webinar.

Ohio receives $7,000,000 through the USDOL — Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant

The State of Ohio will share part of $138 million from USDOL for a Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant program.
The funds awarded build on “sector strategies,” industry-focused approaches to workforce and economic development that align job-training programs to meet the needs of a local or regional labor market. The funds will target long-term unemployed individuals and assist with on-the-job training; transitional jobs, pre-apprenticeships and registered apprenticeships; job search assistance; and career planning and career coaching.

he Ohio Workforce Coalition has a long history of advocating for and supporting sector partnerships that bring together employers, workers, and other key stakeholders from a selected industry sector.

Together, the partners discuss the sector’s particular characteristics, practices, and skill requirements. Partners develop and implement effective job training and placement services that address immediate skill shortages while developing workforce pipelines to ensure the future success of industry.

Congratulations Ohio!

To learn more, visit www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20151200.htm or www.workforce.ohio.gov/Initiatives/IndustryWorkforceAlliances.aspx.

The Literacy Funders Network

The new Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) presents exciting opportunities to connect low-income, low-literate customers to the workforce system. This is an important time for advocates of literacy to be informed and engaged.  Please join this Literacy Funders Network webinar facilitated by Sarah Oldmixon and Amanda Bergson-Shilcock of National Skills Coalition on May 18, 2-3 p.m.

National Skills Coalition is a broad-based coalition working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper. They engage in organizing, advocacy, and communications to advance state and federal policies that support these goals — policies that are based on the on-the-ground expertise of their partner network.

Click here to register.

2015 OEDA Annual Excellence Awards — Call for Nominations

The Ohio Economic Development Association’s annual excellence awards program recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations in Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce development. Submit your nominations today and have excellence in your community recognized state-wide!

A panel of OEDA members will assess the nominations, determine finalists, and select an overall winner. Award winners will be announced at a ceremony during the OEDA Annual Summit to take place Oct. 21-23 Columbus Marriott Northwest 5605 Blazer Pkwy. Dublin, OH 43017. Award finalists will be notified prior to the Annual Summit.

Winners and finalists will be promoted on OEDA’s website and in an OEDA e-newsletter. This information may also be published by winners and finalists in the media and used for promotional purposes.

Award categories include:
1. Best Project
2. Excellence in Economic Development Marketing
3. Excellence in Economic Development Innovation
4. Excellence in Workforce Development Innovation
5. Excellence in Volunteerism
6. Rookie of the Year
Click here for the award category descriptions.

Eligibility Criteria
Nominees in all categories must be individuals or organizations that operate within Ohio and may be a community-based or non-government organization, a government agency, or a private for-profit organization. Please note that an entry may be deemed inapplicable if the judging committee feels that the entry does not fit the category selected by the nominator.

Nomination Procedure
To nominate an individual or an organization for an award, please complete the appropriate nomination form(s) and submit with the requested information for each no later than July 31, 2015. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Nominations are free for current OEDA members.The nomination fee for non-members is $50 per entry (nominator and/or nominee must be an OEDA member to qualify for no entry fee). The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2015. Non-members will be invoiced for the $50 fee per entry.  Payment is due July 31, 2015.

Please submit your nomination(s) by July 31, 2015 via mail, fax, or email to:
Ohio Economic Development Association
17 High Street, Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43215
FAX: 614/221-1989 or OEDA@AssnOffices.com

Questions?  Please contact the OEDA offices at 800-632-7763.