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Workforce Investment Act of 2013 Reintroduced in House Committee

Posted on 02/15/2013

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Top House Education and the Workforce Committee Democrats reintroduced legislation today to improve the federal workforce development programs so that they better respond to local economic needs and help workers find a good job or a new career.

The Workforce Investment Act of 2013 – introduced by Reps. John Tierney (D-MA), Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) and George Miller (D-Calif.)  – would modernize the current system by promoting more effective coordination among local stakeholders including business representatives, labor organizations, educational institutions, economic development agencies, and community-based organizations. The bill would also increase the accountability of programs to taxpayers, and encourage innovation and best practices throughout the system.

“It is imperative we strengthen our workforce system so people of all ages and abilities can obtain the skills and training they need and so businesses can hire and grow. The bill we are introducing today does just that, and it will promote and expand the kind of innovative partnerships among colleges, businesses, and workforce boards that are occurring in my district and throughout the country." said Representative Tierney.

"This is a critical time in the United States for American workers and adult learners to have access to the education and job training they need to increase their literacy skills and to acquire good, family sustaining jobs," said Representative Hinojosa. "What the Workforce Investment Act does, is it creates a 21st century delivery system for adult education and workforce training that leads to career pathways, increased educational opportunities, civic participation and economic self-sufficiency for our nation's increasingly diverse workforce."

"It's time for Congress to improve our workforce system and make sure it is efficient, effective and accessible to all workers,” said Representative Miller. “We need to support our workforce system so that it helps workers gain needed job skills and find a good job. Our bill takes the best ideas of the experts in the field in order to help local communities respond to business demands and workforce needs."

Among the goals of the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 is the development of a "21st Century Delivery System for Adult Education Literacy and Workplace Skills Services" which includes:

  • Expanded access to adult education, literacy services, and workplace skills training.
  • Expanded access to postsecondary education and credentials to achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency for adult learners. 
  • Support for integrated adult education and training. 
  • Providing support for English-literacy services and integrated English-literacy and civics education programs for adult learners.
  • Authorizing increased investments in technology (such as online education) and digital literacy, providing needed training and education resources to rural and urban areas. 
  • Enhanced support for research on innovative methods and policies that help accelerate progress for basic skills students, improving the likelihood that they will receive postsecondary credentials.

More information on the legislation is available from the Committee on Education and the Workforce Democrats Website, External link opens in new window or tab.

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