ERIC Number: ED480967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Reauthorization: Building a Better Job Training System for Hispanic Workers.
Thomas-Breitfeld, Sean; Liu, Sue
Although the Workforce Reinvestment and Adult Education Act contains several provisions that move the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program in the right direction, it fails to respond to the needs of Latino workers and job seekers in a meaningful way. Although WIA's stated purpose aims to serve all populations, implementation of the new system has been particularly problematic for Latino, immigrant, and limited-English proficient (LEP) workers for the following reasons: (1) sequential "eligibility" has limited access to training; (2) WIA's performance measure create a disincentive to serve persons who face obstacles to employment; (3) WIA does not provide flexibility in funding and operating programs that effectively serve LEP persons; (4) the current adult basic education funding formula is not proportional to the actual population utilizing services; and (5) community-based organizations (CBOs) are shut out of the WIA system. As the Senate develops legislation to reauthorize WIA, the following priorities must be considered to ensure that the needs of the nation's Latino workers are addressed: (1) expand access to training; (2) eliminate barriers to serving LEP and other populations; (3) promote programs that integrate occupational training and English-as-a-second-language instruction; (4) improve services for LEP persons; and (5) involve CBOs. (Contains 11 endnotes.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Basic Education, Community Involvement, Community Organizations, Delivery Systems, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Eligibility, Employment, English (Second Language), Financial Support, Hispanic Americans, Job Training, Limited English Speaking, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Public Policy, Social Services, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.nclr.org/policy/econmobility/WPWIAbldgbetterjobsfinal. pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998