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In this generation of millennials, almost everything can be accessed with the touch of a button. Technological advancements have made social media platforms, online job applications and communication via text or video chat the norm.
One of my favorite times of the year is Fall—and not just because of the change in seasons! Every year I get the honor to present at Georgia’s Fall Adult Education Conference. I’ve been attending for the past five years, and it is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. The conference is designed to provide educators, administrators and partners an opportunity to learn from national presenters on a variety of topics. This year, I decided to focus on two things: Differentiation in Multi-Level Classrooms and Technology Integration under WIOA.
WIOA requires that all One-Stop Centers (American Job Centers) leverage resources and program activities to support a workforce system designed to deliver and improve job and career options for workers and jobseekers while meeting the needs of businesses. WIOA was designed and regulations were developed to promote program enhancements by requiring mandated services and encouraging colocation of partners and service providers by leveraging resources to better serve customers.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires that each state must establish the minimum criteria for certification of One-Stop centers and the One-Stop delivery system. The certification criteria allows the State to set standards for customer-focused, seamless services from a network of partners that help individuals overcome barriers to becoming and staying employed. Certification is required to be done by local boards at least once every three years in order for One-Stop centers and the One-Stop delivery system to receive infrastructure funding.
Since 1998, One-Stop Centers (now known as American Job Centers) have and continue to provide services that link job seekers with employers. Critical to the success of WIOA is having One-Stop Centers that have the tools and resources to deliver high quality career, education and training services needed to help jobseekers obtain jobs and help businesses find the skilled workers and access to training support for their current workforce.
WIOA focuses on serving individuals who have limited skills, lack work experience and face other barriers to economic success. Transitional jobs offer a way for these individuals to gain necessary experience and help establish a positive work history.
One of the most significant changes in WIOA is the requirement for the “integration of services” in One-Stop Centers. EDSI's Terrie Kaufman breaks down the strategies needed in these One-Stop Centers to better serve their customers.
In the past, individuals released from prison had a personal responsibility to find employment. Unfortunately, a lack of knowledge about job searching and a criminal record made these ex-offenders look unfavorable to potential employers. Today, funding is available from both the Department of Justice and state departments of corrections for reentry programs with employment as one of the requirements.
EDSI Director Kimberly Glenn delivered four presentations at the annual Commission on Adult Basic Education conference, which focused on the themes of transitions and career pathways. The conference reflected the changes and needs of the Adult Education community.