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Open WIA Application and New State Plan 2012-13

Posted on 03/31/2011

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For several years, the California Department of Education (CDE) has anticipated the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), with the expectation of aligning the grant to the new federal priorities. Although reauthorization has not occurred, the decision has been made to develop a Request for Application (RFA) for the 2012–13 WIA, Title II grant and rewrite the state plan. This provides an opportunity to align the grant with the current and emerging needs of students and to better support the work that needs to be done.

The federal Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) is providing direction to move towards outcome-based funding. Michigan, Texas, New York, Kentucky, Washington, Connecticut and other states have already made this change. Florida and Oregon are making the transition this year. Currently the California system for disseminating the federal WIA funds is 10 years old, so, as Debra Jones, Administrator of the Adult Education Office (AEO) at CDE, states, "it's important for us to update our system to reflect current and emerging needs of our students and communities." OVAE will offer a training in May that Ms. Jones plans to attend on rewriting the state plan for adult education and writing an RFA for WIA, Title II funds.

The impetus for this change also comes from the California legislature, State Board of Education, CDE administration, and adult education providers, some who receive WIA, Title II funds, and some who do not. With flexibility and the current instability of the system, the AEO advocated for maintaining the current system until reauthorization. However, since reauthorization has been a constantly moving target, the decision was made to make the change for 2012-13.

For the next year, the AEO will be working closely with the field and with OVAE to design an RFA and to rewrite the California State Plan for Adult Education. The AEO will follow the federal guidelines throughout the process, and AEO staff will send information and updates out to the field. The AEO will seek field input as part of the process, as many questions remain to be answered.

For questions regarding this subject, contact Debra Jones, Administrator, AEO, by phone at 916-323-5074 or by e-mail at djones@cde.ca.gov.