ERIC Number: ED430623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-30
Reference Count: N/A
The Alabama College System: A Partner in Economic and Human Resource Development. A White Paper.
Gainous, Fred; Moses, Robert; Romine, Robert J.
This white paper highlights provisions of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), signed into law by President Clinton in 1998, and presents the resulting opportunities for The Alabama College System to broaden its role as a partner in redefining and advancing the state's workforce development system for the 21st century. The foreword points out the importance of preparing employees for the demands of the "knowledge-based" economy, the role that Alabama's community colleges have played in workforce training, and Alabama's current low level of literacy and jobs per capita. The WIA provisions are as follows: (1) a state workforce investment board and a local workforce investment board should be established to assist the governor in developing policies and procedures; (2) local service delivery areas should be established, taking into account the geographic service areas of local educational institutions, available resources, and the extent to which these areas are consistent with labor market areas; and (3) one-stop delivery systems should be established in each local area to provide activities such as welfare-to-work, veterans programs, and Title II adult education and literacy activities. Alabama has already made a substantial investment in workforce development through its system of two-year colleges, and the wisest use of workforce investment funds is the leveraging of this existing workforce infrastructure into a stronger, more efficient, permanent workforce training system. (CAK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alabama State Dept. of Postsecondary Education, Montgomery.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998