ERIC Number: ED460688
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct-13
Reference Count: N/A
The Workforce Investment Act: Implications for Community Colleges. AACC White Paper.
American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
Employment and training programs in the United States have evolved through several legislative incarnations since the early 1960s. The Workforce Investment Act (WIA), signed by the President on August 7, 1998, made dramatic changes in the way employment and training services are delivered, creating a new governance structure consisting of state and local workforce investment boards, a streamlined one-stop delivery system, and the replacement of local contracting with Individual Training Account/vouchers (ITA) to deliver training services. The vocational education, adult education and literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs, however, all remain separately authorized and funded, although the legislation does provide for their linkage to the new one-stop delivery system and authorizes states to submit unified plans for the programs. The adult education and literacy program now appears as Title II of the WIA. Candidates for training services must now meet additional tests, often making training a service of last resort. It is important that community colleges become familiar with new requirements for providing training under WIA. The legislation requires that (with three exceptions) training services be provided through the use of ITAs, which will in essence, function as vouchers. ITAs will offer opportunities as well as challenges for community colleges. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998; Workforce Investment Act 1998 Title II