One-Stop Center Operations - Partners and Memorandums of Understanding (MOU)
WIOA will not provide direct funding support of the operations of One-Stop centers. However, WIOA does require the mandated partners to collaborate in the cost of operations and services at the One-Stop centers.
Who are the mandated partners?
- Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
- Older Americans Act Programs
- Veterans Employment and Training
- Housing and Urban Development Employment & Training
- Second Chance Act Programs
- Perkins Postsecondary Vocational Education Activities
All the mandated partners must provide the core services directly related to their programs and must use a portion of the funds available to support the infrastructure costs of the One-Stops. They are required to enter into a MOU with the local Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and participate in the daily operations of the One-Stops.
Why does WIOA require these partners to collaborate in the One-Stop operations? This approach provides greater coordination of services and leveraging of federal dollars for direct training costs.
Local areas may also consider partnering with any of the numerous organizations in the following categories:
- Community-Based Organizations
- Community Colleges
- Faith-Based Organizations
- Private Sector
WIOA requires that local areas enter into voluntary MOUs to fund the infrastructure costs. Local areas must have their MOUs in place by July 1, 2016. If local areas are unable to reach agreement, then state-mandated funding levels will be imposed on local areas.
Local WIBs should be actively looking for other partners that could enhance services and leverage funds to better serve job seekers and employers.