The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the governor of each state to submit a two-year modification of the State Plan outlining the state’s workforce development strategy. Pennsylvania plans to submit a modified Combined State Plan to include the six core programs (Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Wagner-Peyser, Adult Basic Education and Vocational Rehabilitation) as well the following optional programs:
- Career and technical education programs authorized under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program
- Employment and training programs under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
- Work programs under Section 6(o) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008
- Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Programs
- Jobs for Veterans State Grants Program
- Senior Community Service Employment Program
- Community Services Block Grant
- Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Program
The Plan is required to be posted for public comment for a minimum of 30 days. Pennsylvania’s WIOA Combined State Plan was posted for public comment on December 15, 2017. Public comment will be accepted until 5 PM on Monday, January 15, 2017.
Public comment should be submitted, in writing, to RA-LI-PAWDB@pa.gov. It is requested that commenters include page numbers when commenting on specific aspects of the plan to facilitate responses to the comments.
Any questions regarding Pennsylvania’s WIOA Combined State Plan or the public comment process should be directed to RA-LI-PAWDB@pa.gov.
2016-20 WIOA Combined State Plan
Pennsylvania's Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan 2016-2020 received final approval on October 20, 2016. Pennsylvania's Combined State Plan sets the framework for a workforce development system built on a foundation of alignment, innovation, employer engagement, accountability structures and data. Pennsylvania has set broad goals for a comprehensive workforce development system that increases the number of "jobs that pay," expands the number of "schools that teach" the skills necessary to succeed in college and careers, and is a model of "government that works."
The five broad goals for the commonwealth's workforce development system are:
- Establish career pathways as the primary model for skill, credential and degree attainment and provide all Pennsylvanians, with an emphasis on Pennsylvanians with barriers to employment, an opportunity to obtain a job that pays.
- Expand public-private investment in the state's pipeline of workers and in incumbent workers for targeted industry sectors from entry-level skills to middle skills through Industry Partnerships, WEDnetPA, and other innovative strategies.
- Increase opportunities for all youth to participate in work based learning through summer employment, pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, internships and other similar experiences.
- Engage employers through multi-employer workforce partnerships to improve the connection and responsiveness of workforce programs to the demand side of the labor market, increase public-private investment in critical skills, and support the spread of employer practices that create jobs that pay.
- Strengthen data sharing across state agencies and workforce development partners to better understand education and employment outcomes and rely more effectively on data to improve and target our efforts.
Click on the links below to view Pennsylvania's WIOA Combined State Plan:
Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan
Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan – Accessible Version
REGIONAL PLANS FOR PENNSYLVANIA’S 10 PLANNING REGIONS
As described in the commonwealth’s WIOA Combined State Plan, workforce development systems in Pennsylvania will invest in innovation, employer engagement, accountability structures, and improved data to create a comprehensive workforce development system consistent with the governor’s strategic vision. Designated areas with plans that are collaboratively developed are better positioned to accomplish the commonwealth’s goals, and to transcend the fragmentation of workforce development programs. Both the regional and local area plans provide the framework in defining how a designated area’s workforce development system will achieve the purposes of WIOA.
- Region 1 – Northwest
- Region 2 – Southwest
- Region 3 – North Central
- Region 4 – Southern Alleghenies
- Region 5 – Northern Tier
- Region 6 – Central
- Region 7 – Northeast
- Region 8 – Lehigh Valley
- Region 9 – South Central
- Region 10 - Southeast
Prior State Plan Documents
Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan (as substantially approved on June 16, 2016)
Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan (as initially submitted on March 17, 2016)
Public Comment and Responses