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2016-20 WIOA Combined State Plan Modification

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the governor of each state to submit a two-year modification of the Combined State Plan outlining the state’s workforce development strategies. Pennsylvania's 2016-20 WIOA Combined State Plan sets the framework for a workforce development system built on a foundation of alignment, innovation, employer engagement, accountability, and effective use of data.

Pennsylvania established five broad goals for a comprehensive workforce development system to increase the number of Jobs That Pay, expand the number of Schools That Teach the skills necessary to succeed in college and careers, and serve as a model of Government That Works. The commonwealth's five broad WIOA goals are:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Increase opportunities for all youth to participate in work based learning through summer employment, pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, internships and other similar experiences.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Pennsylvania submitted a WIOA Combined State Plan Modification aligning the six WIOA 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-Perkins Act
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (including SNAP Employment & Training and SNAP 50/50)
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Programs
  • Jobs for Veterans State Grants Program
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program
  • Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Program
  • Community Services Block Grant

The WIOA Combined State Plan Modification was required to be posted for public comment for a minimum of 30 days. Pennsylvania’s WIOA Combined State Plan Modification was posted for public comment from December 15, 2017 to January 15, 2018.

2018 Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan Modification (as substantially approved on June 11, 2018)

2018 Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan Modification Public Comments and Responses

2016 Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan (as substantially approved on June 16, 2016)

2016 Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan – Accessible Version (as substantially approved on June 16, 2016)

2016 Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan (as initially submitted on March 17, 2016)

2016 Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan Public Comment and Responses

Waiver to allow WIOA statewide funds to support local areas impacted by a qualifying disaster event

When a disaster or emergency occurs, L&I can provide disaster safety and clean-up assistance using federal disaster grants. There are often significant time delays before the grant funds allocated and grant limitations slow down disaster recovery efforts (e.g. requirement to use certain WIOA eligible participants for disaster recovery efforts). L&I is exploring a waiver to use WIOA statewide funds already allocated to local areas, instead of federal disaster grants, to respond to disasters. The waiver would also expand the allowable participants beyond WIOA requirements. This waiver will accelerate L&I’s ability to respond to disasters using workforce resources.

WIOA Waiver to allow Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) for In-School Youth (ISY)

U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) approved the commonwealth’s WIOA waiver request to allow Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) for In-School Youth (ISY). WIOA Title I-funded ITAs are the main mechanism to fund occupational training for eligible WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Out-of-School Youth customers. This waiver allows for ITAs to be used for ISY customers to increase the pipeline of talent into the workforce, particularly in occupations requiring less than a four-year college degree, and to address increased demand for workplace training that incorporates occupational training. This waiver will accelerate In-School Youth transitions into the workforce and will have a positive impact on the state’s Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-apprenticeship programs.

Regional and Local WIOA Plans

Pennsylvania’s 10 planning regions and 22 Local Workforce Development Boards submitted plans with strategies to implement the WIOA Combined State Plan and the commonwealth’s workforce development goals at the regional and local level. These regional and local plans were developed collaboratively with stakeholders and provide the framework for statewide workforce development alignment, creating a comprehensive workforce development system, and achieving the commonwealth’s WIOA goals.

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