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This week, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on new bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
This legislation makes critical updates to WIOA to make it easier to access for CVTA Members and stronger for the students who rely upon it:
- Establishment of Critical Industry Skills Funds: This provision empowers states to identify workforce development priorities and provide additional resources to upskilling jobseekers in these priority industries.
- Regional Consortia for Workforce Development Areas: These consortia can better ensure that jobseekers are connected to industries and employers with a positive impact on a region’s economy.
- Creation of State Innovation Demonstration Authority: Like the establishment of critical industry funds, this provision empowers state and regional decisionmakers more closely engaged with regional economies to improve outcomes for workers by piloting innovative ways to deliver services.
- Streamlined Application Processes for Eligible Training Providers: These changes require eligibility determinations within 30 days of application submission and reduces administrative duplication for training providers that provide training services in multiple states.
- Strong Funding Foundation Under Authorized Appropriations: These funding levels, if appropriated, would better position WIOA to connect jobseekers to the services they need to succeed in today’s economy.
- New Funding for Individual Training Accounts for Dislocated Workers: This funding provides targeted assistance to dislocated workers that ensures the funds available to jobseekers will be enough to cover professional training programs.
CVTA will continue to follow this proposal throughout the legislative process and provide updates to membership in the coming weeks