One-Stop Center Certification

Tuesday June 20th, 2017 at 10:00am
Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist

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. The certification process is critical in setting the minimum level of quality and consistency of services in One-Stop centers across each State. Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDB) are charged with assessing the One-Stop centers and the One-Stop delivery system within their region to ensure that they meet WIOA and state criteria.

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WIOA - Transitional Jobs

Wednesday November 9th, 2016 at 11:09am
Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist

WIOA has placed an increased focus on serving the most vulnerable low-income adults and youth who have limited skills, lack work experience and face other barriers to economic success through Priority of Services.

WIOA focuses on individuals who are basic skills-deficient, low-income, recipients of public assistance – INDIVIDUALS WITH BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT. Priority of Services under WIA applied only when adult funds were limited; WIOA now requires that individuals receive automatic access to Priority of Services! Both adult and dislocated worker funds can be used to support these services.

WIOA allows Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDB) through their One-Stop Operators to provide career services to those individuals (they identify) who are not members of these groups. The goal is to have coordination between WIOA-funded and other programs available in the one-stop delivery system. For example, individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) should have access to a broader range of solutions. By leveraging services and funding resources, TANF recipients will have more comprehensive access that promotes employment retention and self-sufficiency.

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WIOA - Integrated Services in One-Stop Centers

Wednesday October 5th, 2016 at 7:37am
Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist

One of the most significant changes in WIOA is the requirement for the “integration of services” in One-Stop Centers. What does this mean? It means aligning services and resources to better service job seekers and employers. Integration of services in the One-Stop Center helps clients because it is customer focused, not program focused.

Why have an integrated One-Stop Center?

  1. WIOA requires it
  2. Provides better client services
  3. Increases performance
  4. Leverages resources
  5. All of the Above

Every partner within the center must support a common vision and support a process that is designed to serve clients (both job seekers and employers). Centers must focus on delivering high-quality career services that may require aligning and streamlining services. Centers must make this monumental shift to better service clients.

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Hiring Ex-Offenders Can Be a Smart Business Decision

Monday August 22nd, 2016 at 10:00am
Written by Ray Eibel - Director of New Business Development

Over the years, I have had numerous opportunities to present workshops on employment of ex-offenders. As I stand in front of the audience, I am always amazed at the shock on people’s faces when we discuss the sheer number of the population in prisons and jails, and the costs associated with incarceration. For example, did you know:

  • Over 80 billion dollars is spent on Corrections each year - Bureau of Justice Statistics
  • Seven million people are under correctional control, including individuals on probation and parole – U. S. Department of Justice
  • The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population, but it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners – New York Times
  • 1 out of 100 adults in the United States is in prison.
  • Once released from prison, 2 out of 3 people are rearrested within a year. This is known as recidivism.
  • Over the course of the last 20 years, the amount of money spent on prisons increased by 570%, while the money spent on education increased by only 33%.
  • The cost per year to house an inmate varies from state to state. For example, in New York the cost is $47,421 per year, while in Pennsylvania, it is $42,339.

Needless to say, the above statistics clearly point out that we are facing enormous challenges. The costs associated with incarceration are staggering and the population of prisoners who will eventually be released and in need of jobs is becoming enormous.

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COABE 2016 - Reflections from an Adult Education Professional Developer

Wednesday June 29th, 2016 at 8:18am
Written by Kimberly Glenn - Director

This is my fourth year attending the yearly conference run by The Commission on Adult Basic Education and every year my involvement has grown. My first year I was just an attendee, but the next year I presented once, last year I presented twice, and this year I presented a total of four times! The conference reflected the changes and needs of the Adult Education community and it was amazing to see the growth in adult education during this time.

Major themes this year were transitions and career pathways. With the WIOA legislation this idea of preparing students for their next step has become extremely important. Workshop after workshop addressed various aspects of contextualized instruction, career counseling, transitions and career pathways. It was amazing to not only see how eager adult education professionals are about the change, but the vast differences that exist in how the implementation is occurring. There are many different approaches based on population, geography, integrated service options and program structure. I was inspired and motivated by the enthusiasm of the professionals who attended my session “Building Bigger and Better Career Counseling Programs in Adult Education,” and I am so happy that they left the workshop with concrete steps to assist them in implementing strategies for success.

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The Role of a One-Stop Operator in WIOA Legislation

Wednesday May 11th, 2016 at 7:50am
Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist

As identified in WIOA legislation, the One-Stop Operator should be the entity best suited to implementing a potentially redesigned service delivery system.

What is the role of a One-Stop Operator?

The operator is charged with coordinating the service delivery among partner agencies in One-Stop Centers. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Managing daily operations in coordination with WIOA fiscal agent for the lease, utilities and other activities to support the center
  • Managing partner responsibilities defined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among partners
  • Managing hours of operation
  • Managing services for individuals and businesses
  • Ensure that basic services such are available (orientations, labor market information, resource room)
  • Implementing of Local Workforce Development Board Policy
  • Adhering to all federal and state regulations and policies
  • Reporting to Local Workforce Development Board on operations, performance and continuous improvement recommendations

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Designing Career Pathways within WIOA Guidelines

Tuesday December 15th, 2015 at 9:45am
Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist

WIOA requires states and local Workforce Development Boards to work with adult education, post-secondary education and other community-based organizations to develop career pathways that will make it easier for all Americans to attain the skills and credentials needed for jobs.

What are career pathways? The US Department of Labor defines career pathways as a new way of doing business which operates at both a systems and an individual level. At the systems level, a career pathway is a broad approach for serving populations that may experience significant barriers to employment. The career pathway can substantively alter the way the workforce system delivers its services and the system’s relationship with partner organizations and stakeholders to better prepare the worker.

Career pathway programs should offer a sequence of education courses and training credentials which are aligned with work-ready standards and competencies which are validated by employers. Career pathways can also provide greater customer service at all levels by engaging employers, adult basic education, training providers, community organizations and service providers to design services that meet the needs of employers and job seekers.

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WIOA - Eligible Training Provider List Requirements

Thursday October 22nd, 2015 at 8:01am

Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI


WIOA provides Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) the opportunity to expand training and educational opportunities.  The goal is to help low income individuals, dislocated workers, individuals with limited skills and barriers to employment, and youth earn industry-recognized credentials and advance in the workplace.

LWDBs now can offer more training specifically targeted for high-demand occupations or industry sectors in addition to Individual Training Accounts (ITAs).  Local WDBs can now use WIOA funds to provide new training models that will lead to: 

  • industry-recognized credentials 
  • apprenticeships
  • integrated educational/training approaches 
  • career pathways 
  • industry partnerships
  • cohort-based training

LWDBs can now use a portion of their local Title I funds for pay-for-performance contracts for specific targeted populations.  They will be required to evaluate how each targeted population was selected, along with outcomes of training.


Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) Requirements

WIOA has established an Eligible Training Provider process that will help support and ensure customer choice, performance accountability and continuous improvement.  States and LWDBs will identify Eligible Training Providers qualified to receive WIOA funds to train adult/dislocated workers and youth. 


An Eligible Training Provider is one who has met the eligibility requirements to receive WIOA Title Adult and Dislocated Worker funds to provide training services to eligible individuals.  In order to receive WIOA funds, the training provider must meet numerous ETPL numerous requirements and must be:

  1. Institutions of higher education that provide training that leads to post-secondary credentials
  2. Apprenticeship programs registered by the USDOL Office of Registered Apprenticeship
  3. Public or private training providers, including joint labor-management organizations, pre-apprenticeship programs and occupational/technical training providers
  4. Providers of adult education and literacy activities 

All training providers will be required to meet performance outcomes and ensure accountability, quality, and labor market-relevant programs and offerings. 


Training providers (both existing and new) will be required to submit an online application that includes all the documentation required by the states and LWDBs such as:

  • Information supporting a claim that an applicable training program leads to a post-secondary or industry-recognized credential, and a detailed description of the credential
  • Evidence of ability to provide services to incumbent workers and individuals with barriers to employment
  • Evidence of state licensure requirements and licensing status 
  • Program completion rate for all individuals participating in applicable programs
  • Employment and earning outcomes 
  • Cost of training (including supplies, books, fees)
  • Post-secondary credentials offered
  • Program costs per student by type of training 
  • Pre-Apprenticeship Program offerings


Training providers on the ETPL will also be required to report performance outcomes.  Each year they will be required to submit, at a minimum, the following:

  • Total number of participants enrolled in the program
  • Total number of participants completing the program
  • Entry into unsubsidized employment at second quarter after exit
  • Entry into unsubsidized employment at fourth quarter after exit
  • Median earnings
  • Attainment of post-secondary credentials
  • Measurable skills gains
  • Effectiveness in serving employers

All LWDBs are required to have training providers on the approved ETPL that are offering training programs aligned with their state and region in-demand occupations and sectors. They will be required to ensure training providers make all the above information available to their One-Stop Centers so eligible clients can make informed decisions on training offerings. They will be required to report performance and outcomes on training offerings, while ensuring individuals with barriers to employment are served.

Is your LWDB ready to review and advance training provider course offerings?  How are you going to determine if training is meeting the needs of in-demand occupations and sectors?  What steps are you taking to ensure that training services are meeting the requirements of WIOA?  We are here to help you.

If you are interested in gaining more information regarding WIOA implementation, please contact me at

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WIOA - The Role of Local WIBs in Career Pathways Development

Tuesday September 29th, 2015 at 7:40am

Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI


WIOA requires Local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) to work with representatives from secondary and postsecondary education providers to develop and implement Career Pathways. This occurs by aligning employment, training, education and supportive services to meet the needs of adults and youth, focusing on those with barriers to employment.

What is a Career Pathway?

The National Career Pathways Network has defined a Career Pathway as a coherent, articulated sequence of rigorous academic and career/technical courses, commencing in ninth grade and leading to an Associate’s degree, Baccalaureate degree and beyond, an industry-recognized certificate and/or licensure. The Career Pathway is developed, implemented, and maintained in partnership with secondary and postsecondary education providers and employers.

Why Career Pathways?

Career Pathways can help Local WIBs, educators, jobseekers, youth and employers identify career options and the knowledge and skill requirements that individuals need for their careers. Career Pathways also help in identifying skill sets and job functions/roles needed across job families.  

Local WIBs need to be committed to working with educators, industries and economic development partners to develop a shared vision and strategy to support sector-based Career Pathways for youth and adults.

Career Pathways Strategies

There are many strategies that Local WIBS can use to support the development of Career Pathways:

  • Working with employers to determine their hiring needs
  • Working with educators to design training programs that meet the hiring needs of employers
  • Utilizing labor market data (local, state and national)
  • Measuring the success of existing training programs and outcomes
  • Measuring employer and earnings outcomes
  • Promoting seamless progress from one education step to another
  • Eliminating barriers to accessing training
  • Providing guidance through career coaching
  • Creating and supporting partnerships between workforce development, education, labor and non-profit organizations 
  • Supporting industry partnerships

What steps are you taking to ensure that your education and training providers, operators and partners are supporting Career Pathway services as required in WIOA? Do you need help getting started or help in completing the processes? Please let us know how we can assist you in your efforts.

If you are interested in gaining more information regarding WIOA implementation, please contact me at

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WIOA Requirements and Career Services

Wednesday July 15th, 2015 at 1:00pm

Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires four Core Program Partners to provide expanded services at One-Stop Centers. These four Core Program Partners include:

  • WIOA Title I. B: Adult, Dislocated Workers and Youth
  • WIOA Title II: Adult Education and Literacy
  • WIOA Title III: Wagner-Peyser
  • WIOA Title IV: Vocational Rehabilitation

Other required One-Stop partners who must participate in the operation of the One-Stop system include:

  • Career & Technical Education
  • Title V Older Americans Act
  • Job Corps
  • Native American Programs
  • Migrant Seasonal Farmworkers
  • Veterans
  • Youth Build
  • Trade Act 
  • Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
  • Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Unemployment Compensation 
  • Second Chance Programs

Additionally, Governors can elect to include Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) as a Core Program Partner.

All partners must also be identified within in a “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU). Information regarding the financial support partners will provide to the One-Stop, as well as the services they will provide, is required. Partners must identify:

  • How services will be coordinated and delivered in the Center (integration of services) 
  • How service costs and operating costs of the Center will be funded
  • How individuals will be referred between the One-Stop operator and partners for appropriate services and activities
  • How they will ensure that workers, youth and individuals with barriers to employment will be adequately served
  • How individuals will be provided immediate access to training (no sequence of services)
  • How technology and materials will be made available across the Center

Required WIOA Career Services

New to WIOA, One-Stop Center services must now include career services. No longer are there separate core and intensive services. Additionally, Centers must expand their labor exchange services to meet in-demand industry sectors and occupations and include information on non-traditional employment. Centers must identify other business services available for employers (including small businesses). 

Labor exchange services must also provide labor market information to the individuals seeking services. The information must be accurate and include information on local, regional and national labor market areas such as:

  • Job vacancies in labor market areas
  • Information on job skills necessary to obtain the jobs
  • Local, in-demand occupations and related earning potential
  • Opportunities for advancement in those occupations

All One-Stops must provide the following career services:

  • Outreach, intake and orientation
  • Initial assessment
  • Labor exchange services
  • Eligibility for services
  • Referrals to programs
  • Performance and cost information
  • Information on unemployment insurance
  • Financial aid information
  • Follow-up services

Additionally, One-Stops and partners must provide appropriate services for individuals to obtain or retain employment. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Individual Employment Plan (IEP)
  • Career planning and counseling (no longer called case management)
  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Short-term prevocational services
  • Internship and work experience including transitional jobs and industry partnerships
  • Workforce preparation 
  • Out-of-area job search
  • English language acquisition
  • Financial literacy

What steps have you already taken to ensure your One-Stop Centers, operators and partners are ready to deliver required WIOA career services? Do you need help getting started or completing the processes? 

If you are interested in gaining more information regarding WIOA implementation, please contact me at

Click here for more info about WIOA on our website. 


The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act – Filling the Talent Pipeline

Wednesday July 8th, 2015 at 9:30am

Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI



Congress and the President recognized the challenges and risks that employers face without a sufficient pipeline of workers to meet current and future needs. It is estimated that by 2022, the United States will be facing a shortfall of 11 million workers with postsecondary education. 

Working together, Congress and the President introduced bipartisan legislation that will improve the nation’s workforce development system and educational services. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law last July.  WIOA aligns federally-funded services to help job seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and helps match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.  

  • Did you know WIOA requires Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIBs) to design and deliver services that are based on business and industry needs?  

  • Did you know employer engagement is one of the key metrics that LWIBs will be evaluated against? 

The challenge: how do LWIBs and employers work effectively with one another?  

A solution is Industry Partnerships!  

The WIOA legislation references Industry Partnerships over 74 times as a means to engage employers to identify and address their current and future needs by working with LWIBs.

Industry Partnerships bring together multiple employers from the same industry sectors to identify and address both current and future workforce needs. These partnerships can strengthen participating companies by identifying the specific needs of their current and future workforces, identifying and analyzing the gaps between the skills needed to perform jobs and the skills of incumbent workers or job seekers, and then matching skills needed to training providers.

Industry Partnerships provide a targeted approach to education and training that is data-driven, needs-based and employer-focused. Partnerships are designed not only to identify local human resource needs and skill gaps, but also to address regional skill needs. By implementing regional strategies, LWIBs can improve the skills of incumbent workers, job seekers and youth.

Industry Partnerships can help LWIBs, employers and workers to:

  • Identify skill needs
  • Align educational curriculum to meet industry needs
  • Develop cost-effective training solutions for companies
  • Increase productivity 
  • Develop new career pathways
  • Help companies identify and address organizational and human resource challenges
  • Identify barriers to “entry level employment” and develop strategies to remove those barriers
  • Collaborate with youth initiatives to connect with careers in demand
  • Promote communication networks between companies, between managers and workers, and between companies and their communities and educational institutions

Your success is critical to the success of your LWIB! If you haven’t already, reach out to your LWIB and start the conversation about building your industry partnership!

If you are interested in learning more about WIOA, Employer Engagement, Industry Partnerships or working with your Local Workforce Investment Board, please contact me at

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Reflections from the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Annual Conference

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 at 8:43am

Written by Kristina Harrell – Project Specialist with EDSI

I recently had the opportunity to attend the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV with several EDSI colleagues. It was great to reconnect with EDSI team members from all over the country; Jessica Johnson, Susan Oney, Terri Kaufman, Ray Eibel and Ken Mall, to name a few. 

For me, this conference was different from the ones I’ve attended in the past. This year, instead of hoping to one day obtain my Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) certificate, I was attending as a CWDP and looking to increase my knowledge in all fields of workforce development. 

Reflecting on my experience, I appreciated the conversations with many workforce professionals from across the nation. Specifically, I enjoyed listening to and sharing ideas around implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). During my time at the conference, I had the opportunity to attend a great presentation; one that engaged everyone in the room, titled “Motivation to Meet Your Measures.” The presentation was primarily geared toward understanding today’s youth, and it really put everything into perspective for me, especially having one pre-teen and two teenage children. 

The presenters considered generational gaps, what motivates us, what motivates today’s youth and strategies to continue to engage and motivate today’s youth. One of the successful youth participants, Justin Lockard, was quoted as saying “You too can reach this level of success, in these ways, no matter the struggle – it’s all in the determination!” A simple equation to consider: Motivating our Clients + Motivating our Staff = Meeting our Goals.

Thanks to NAWDP for another great conference this year. Surprisingly, Elvis made an appearance at the conference as well, so we didn’t want to miss out on a photo opportunity! :)




Creating a Local Plan - #WIOA

Wednesday June 17th, 2015 at 8:00am

Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI

July 1, 2015 is less than 30 days away!  Are you ready for WIOA implementation?

Many local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) will need to restructure their board membership to meet the provisions identified in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This restructuring may require changes in legal documents and downsizing of boards. Local areas have until July 1, 2016 to complete this restructuring. 

WIOA requires that local WIBs set priorities for, and oversee, the workforce development system in their region.  Further, local WIBs must have a local plan approved by July 2016. This means that WIBs have 1 year to develop a plan that promotes communication, coordination and collaboration among employers, economic development, community-based partners and other service providers who will help support the economic growth of the region, while meeting the needs of employers and jobseekers. 

Historically, WIA workforce development services focused on finding jobs for individuals struggling to find employment - the jobseekers.  WIOA, on the other hand, focuses on aligning workforce development and economic development services to meet the needs of employers - key customers.  

Businesses create jobs, and we must be responsive to their needs. Local WIBs must now develop strategies and put plans in place to meet the needs of local employers.

Specifically, local plans must identify and describe how the local area will:

  • Engage employers of all sizes
  • Design a system that meets the needs of local employers (both large and small)
  • Design a system that provides opportunities for people with barriers
  • Better coordinate workforce development programs and economic development efforts
  • Develop and implement activities such as incumbent worker training programs, industry partnerships, on-the-job training programs and career pathway programs
  • Partner with business intermediaries and design other business services to meet the needs of employers
  • Ensure the support of quality jobs
  • Create entrepreneurial opportunities for new business growth
  • Prepare youth for both current and future jobs

Local WIBs need to start the planning process now for the design of their local plans.  If you are interested in gaining more information regarding WIOA, or if you would like help in thinking though your local plan, please contact me at

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National Association of Workforce Boards Annual Conference – Washington DC: Advancing Workforce Innovation

Wednesday June 10th, 2015 at 8:00am

Written by Ray Eibel - Director of New Business Development with EDSI

For the past twelve years I have had the pleasure of representing EDSI at the annual National Association of Workforce Boards Conference in Washington, D.C. This year, Terri Kaufman, Ken Mall and I had the opportunity to attend this premier event where workforce development professionals and leaders in business, government, labor and education gather to discuss the current state of our nation's workforce system and consider the goals and policy framework affecting the future of human capital development. Although the final numbers are not in, over 1,200 people registered for the conference which far exceeds last year’s attendance. 


Why do we exhibit at events like this? For one reason, it is a learning opportunity for us, especially with the implementation of WIOA right around the corner. Another reason to attend is the opportunity to talk with many of our current customers over the three-day period. Of course, we also appreciate the opportunity to talk with Workforce Board Executive Directors and board members in areas where we currently do not have contracts to learn and discuss best practices.

This year’s opening speaker was none other than Tom Perez, Secretary of the US Department of Labor. I was very glad to hear that Secretary Perez focused on the need for employer-focused training to assist in closing the skill gap. He spoke in detail about training being the number one concern for almost all employers and put an intense emphasis on developing an increased understanding of data-driven regional approaches to create sector strategies and coordinated partnerships. Consistent with the Secretary’s message, our own Ken Mall was part of a panel discussion about the skilled worker shortages plaguing the transportation industry.

Based on the people we talked with, the workforce board attendees came away from the conference looking for ways to incorporate industry partnerships, incumbent worker training, on the job training programs and youth programs that lead to steady employment. The good news is that EDSI has numerous programs to meet this demand. 

This conference generated a very positive energy; something I hadn’t felt in recent years when unemployment was high and clear direction seemed to be lacking. Perhaps it has something to do with WIOA.

One-Stop Center Operations - Partners and Memorandums of Understanding (MOU)

Monday May 18th, 2015 at 9:03am

Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI

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?  

  • TANF
  • Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
  • Wagner-Peyser
  • 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
  • Non-Profits

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.

WIOA - Youth Program Transition

Tuesday April 21st, 2015 at 10:39am

Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI

**Summary of TEGL WIOA NO. 23-14**

It is estimated that over six million 16-24 years olds are currently not employed or not in school. 75% of WIOA youth program funds now focus now on out-of-school youth (OSY) and 25% on in-school youth (ISY). The Employment and Training Administration is aware of the challenges that states and local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) will encounter transitioning to the 75% spending requirement for OSY activities. 

States and local WIBs should be receiving notification of the first WIOA allotment for youth programs in April 2015, with operational implementation on July 1, 2015. States and local WIBs are encouraged to use allowable transition funds to begin preparation for WIOA youth programs.

The Employment and Training Administration understands this is a significant shift, and they will provide technical assistance and guidance on recruiting and serving OSY. All states and local WIBs will be required to spend a minimum of 75% of PY 2016 youth funds on OSY.

While final WIOA regulations will not be published until 2016, the Employment and Training Administration has issued TEGL WIOA No. 23-14 to assist local WIBs to prepare for implementing WIOA Youth Programs July 1, 2015.  

WIOA eliminates the requirement for local WIBs to establish a Youth Council. However, local WIBs are encouraged to establish a standing committee to provide planning, operational and other services for both OSY and ISY. WIOA has 14 program elements (which include the consolidation of the 10 original WIA elements). Five of the new elements are: financial literacy education; entrepreneurial skills training; services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in the local areas; activities that help youth prepare for and transition to post-secondary education and training; and education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster. Additional activities may include: paid and unpaid work experience; leadership development; supportive services; and adult mentoring and guidance.

Work experience is a critical component of WIOA. 20% of OSY funds must be used for work experience. It is important to note that program expenditures can include wages as well as staffing costs for the development and management of work experiences.

ISY must be attending school, not younger than 14 or older then 21, low income, and have one or more of a list of barriers:

  • Basic skills deficient
  • An English language learner
  • An offender
  • A homeless youth or runaway, in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system
  • Pregnant or parenting
  • A disability
  • Requires assistance to complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment

Local WIBs are encouraged to work with local schools to coordinate services in areas such as career preparation, career awareness, employer presentations and employer visits.

WIOA - Calling All Community Based Organizations and Health and Human Service Providers

Wednesday April 1st, 2015 at 7:34am

Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires local workforce areas to provide priority of services and funding support to individuals with low income and barriers to employment. This creates a unique opportunity for Community Based Organizations (CBOs), education providers and Health and Human Service providers to work with Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIBs) to develop and provide workforce development services to help individuals obtain self-sufficiency.

WIOA will help numerous CBOs and other human resources agencies work together in local One-Stops to better service clients. Working together, agencies and individuals can have access to and leverage additional resources and services. Local areas can help disadvantaged and unemployed adults and youth receive supportive services and provide education and training opportunities across multiple programs.

Did you know, it is estimated that nearly one third of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients who are considered work eligible under the age of 24 may qualify for WIOA services and training support?

WIOA has also increased the eligible youth age to 16-24 years old for out-of-school youth and 14-21 years old for low-income youth with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELL). Additionally, 75% of youth funds must be focused on serving at-risk youth, and 20% of those funds must focus on work ready activities.

State and LWIBs will be required to report the number of individuals they serve with barriers to employment. They must develop plans on how these services will be provided and report outcomes!

This is a unique opportunity for Community Based Organizations and Health and Human Service Providers to reach out to your Local Workforce Investment Board. You can help LWIBs to develop plans for youth and adults with barriers to succeed by working together to design training services and programs. Take the time to contact your Local WIB.

Click here for more info about WIOA on our website. 



Monday March 16th, 2015 at 8:38am

Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI

WIOA requires that federal agencies, states and local WIBs with employment and training programs develop job-driven training services to ensure that employers and jobseekers know what to expect when they participate in a training program.  The services must include the following: 

ENGAGING EMPLOYERS – Work upfront with employers to determine local hiring needs and design training programs that are responsive to those needs

EARN AND LEARN – Offer work-based learning opportunities with employers – On-the-Job Training, internships, pre-apprenticeships, and registered apprenticeships – as training paths to employment

SMART CHOICES – Make better use of data to drive accountability, describe what programs are offered and what is taught, and offer user-friendly information for jobseekers to choose programs and pathways that work for them

MEASURING MATTERS – Measure and evaluate employment and earnings outcomes

STEPPING STONES – Promote a seamless progression from one educational stepping stone to another, and across work-based training and education, so all efforts result in progress

OPENING DOORS – Break down barriers to accessing job-driven training and hiring for any American who is willing to work, including access to supportive services and relevant guidance

REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS – Coordinate activities between American Job Centers, local employers, education and training providers, economic development agencies, and other public and private entities, to make the most of limited resources

We can help!

EDSI understands WIOA implementation requirements and the impact they will have on the local WIB operations and service activities. We have been at the forefront of aligning service integration and building partnerships with states, community-based organizations, education, business and economic development organizations, and industry partnerships, which provides a strong foundation for implementation of WIOA. We look forward to sharing our experience and services, and see numerous opportunities to assist you in implementing WIOA. These opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementing integrated services at the One-Stop Centers and Access Points
  • Aligning programs and ensuring that customers have access to quality services and can make smarter choices
  • Expanding industry partnerships by working with employers, training providers, community-based organizations and economic development organizations to promote OJTs, incumbent worker training opportunities, internships and apprenticeship opportunities
  • Working with employers to determine their hiring needs by using tools such as Skilldex JTAs, which identify the skill set requirements of the job. Skilldex is EDSI’s task-based software and methodology utilized for job matching and measuring skill acquisition
  • Using Skilldex JTAs to identify and refer jobseekers who meet the skill requirements of the job
  • Promoting work-based learning opportunities with employers. We are experienced in managing and promoting OJTs, internships, pre-apprenticeships, and registered apprenticeship programs in multiple states
  • Reviewing training programs to ensure they are responsive to employer needs 

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WIOA –Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 19-14

Monday March 2nd, 2015 at 9:10am

Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI

On February 19, 2015 the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration Advisory System issued an Advisory: Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 19-14 (TEGL), the vision for the workforce system and initial implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014.

TEGL No. 19-14 lays out the vision of how the workforce development system will be transformed as a result of implementation of the WIOA. The notice provides a summary of the vision, goals and objective of the Act. It also provides an overview of the upcoming guidance and technical assistance to be issued in the near future (Spring 2015).  Although guidance, rules and regulations have not yet been released, the key message of this notice is the feds are strongly encouraging states and local workforce investment boards to take action and begin planning and implementing WIOA transition activities now!

TEGL No. 19-14 recommends that local workforce investment boards, leaders and partners begin to start moving forward to full implementation of the law. Local areas are encouraged to assess their own situations and requirements to determine what steps they need to take to support the transition. These can include but are not limited to:

Identify and allocate funding for transition activities 

Per TEGL 12-14, States and Local Workforce Investment Boards may use up to two percent of the WIA’s Fiscal Year 2014 funds for WIOA Transitional Activities.

Build new, and strengthen existing partnerships 

States and local areas should enhance and coordinate partnerships with local entities and supportive service agencies to strengthen service delivery.

Develop transition plan

States and local areas should start developing transition plans and an implementation process which can be used to guide the implementation of WIOA.

Prepare for fiscal and program changes for transition across legislation

TEGL15-14 was issued on December 19, 2014. Management and fiscal staff must become familiar the requirements of this TEGL and its impact on the state system and the transition from WIA to WIOA.

Assess state laws

It is recommended that states review existing legislation and identify areas that are in conflict with WIOA and develop plans to resolve these conflicts.

Review Eligible Training Provider processes

Review Eligible Training Provider Lists processes and assess how they will need to be updated to meet new eligibility criteria.

Ensure new or existing youth service contractors support 75% out-of-school youth and 20% work experience expenditure rate requirements

Reassess One-Stop delivery system

Local areas and WIOA partners should start to reassess the One-Stop delivery system and what is needed to achieve seamless service delivery models that place the “Customer” at the center of program design and delivery.

Develop plans to ensure workforce investment boards become WIOA compliant

Chief elected officers should review the new requirements to reconstitute and certify boards.

Many of the provisions of the law go into effect July1, 2015. However, states and local areas need to start the planning and implementation process now to ensure success.

We know there is certainly a lot to digest with WIOA implementation. If you would like to learn more, or if we can help you in any way, please contact me at

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WIOA - A Few Thoughts on Employer Engagement

Monday February 16th, 2015 at 11:20am

Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) to design and deliver services based on business and industry needs. Employer engagement is key for local WIBs to meet regional workforce needs and is one of the key metrics that local WIBs will evaluated against.  The challenge - how do local WIBs effectively engage employers?  Did you know that WIOA referenced “Industry Partnerships” 74 times?!

WIOA enables states and local WIBs the opportunity to support Industry Partnerships. These partnerships will strengthen services of the local WIB and companies by identifying the specific needs of their current and future workforces, identifying and analyzing the gaps between the skills needed to perform jobs and the skills of incumbent workers or job seekers, and then matching skills needed to training providers.


Industry Partnerships can help local WIBs, businesses and workers to:

  • Identify skill needs
  • Align educational curriculum to meet industry needs
  • Develop cost-effective training solutions for companies
  • Increase productivity 
  • Develop new career pathways
  • Help companies identify and address organizational and human resource challenges
  • Identify barriers to “entry level employment” and develop strategies to remove those barriers
  • Collaborate with youth initiatives to connect with careers in demand
  • Promote communication networks between companies, between managers and workers, and between companies and their communities and educational institutions

If you are interested in gaining more information regarding WIOA employer engagement, please contact me at: 

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Reflections from the Michigan Works! Annual Conference

Wednesday November 12th, 2014 at 12:45pm

Written by Casey White - Director of Marketing with EDSI

Another October is in the books, which means another Michigan Works! Annual Conference too has passed. I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on this year’s conference, hosted at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, MI October 12-14.

For the past five years, EDSI has been a silver sponsor of the conference. Each year, we look forward to connecting with workforce development professionals and partners from Michigan and the surrounding region to listen, learn and brainstorm unique solutions together. Specifically, we appreciated the engaging conversations we shared surrounding the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) signed into law earlier this year. I know our team is looking forward to partnering with workforce development agencies around the country as they implement the new WIOA legislation in the coming calendar year.  

Personally, I’ve had the pleasure of representing EDSI at the conference for the past four years, and I walk away from the conference each year feeling inspired and smiling from all the fun we have! I find inspiration throughout the conference, and I was particularly motivated by the keynote presentations this year. One of these presentations was delivered by a spoken word duo known as Kinetic Affect- Check out a short clip I recorded here!

Of course, we always manage to have some fun at the conference as well. And although we didn’t have the courage to get up and "rock out” on the karaoke stage during the opening session, we did have fun with the photo booth! Evidence is provided below:

Thank you to the Michigan Works! Association for hosting another exceptional and inspiring conference this year. We look forward to continued partnership with Michigan Works! and workforce development agencies all over the country in the year to come.  

Sincerely, Casey


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