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federal policy

riday, January 13th, 1:00-2:30 PM EST

The purpose of this webinar was to discuss the recent statutory changes to Pell eligibility and collaborate on devising strategies that states can use to mitigate the impact on AO students & states. For more information on the changes to Pell stemming from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2012, please see JFF's January 6th memo.


Maria Flynn, Vice President, JFF
Barbara Endel, Program Director, JFF
Mary Clagett, Director of Workforce Policy, JFF

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Maria Flynn, Barbara Endel, Mary Clagett
Jobs for the Future

For nearly 15 years, the public workforce system has been governed by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998. Designed to knit together fragmented programs established during the previous 60 years, WIA was regarded as a necessary and legitimate next step in creating a system that would “consolidate, coordinate and improve employment, training, literacy and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States” (WIA, 1998).

The intention of this report is to start a conversation about a different question, one that is bigger and more appropriate for the times. Rather than tinkering around the edges, wondering how we can become more efficient or more productive, we want to ask something bigger and bolder: What would a 21st Century workforce system look like if we built it for today’s economy, using today’s tools and processes? More to the point, In the new economy, where and how can the public workforce system add true and targeted value?

Kathy Krepcio and Michele M. Martin
John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development

This letter highlights the joint commitment of the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor to promote the use of career pathways approaches as a promising strategy to help adults acquire marketable skills and industry-recognized credentials through better alignment of education, training and employment, and human and social services among public agencies and with employers. The Departments encourage states to align state resources to support integrated service delivery across Federal and state funding streams and to ensure that interested partners and agencies – whether focused on education, workforce development or human and social services – are aware of this joint commitment for improved collaboration and coordination across programs and funding sources.

U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor

This notice from DOLETA announces the availability of technical assistance resources for states, local areas, and tribal entities developing Career Pathway systems. As part of the Department of Labor’s focus on increasing credential attainment and improving access to training opportunities for disadvantaged populations, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) launched the Career Pathways Initiative in June 2010. This initiative offered 11 grantees (nine states and two tribal entities) training, peer to peer learning and the latest research and best practices to help create well articulated and sustainable career pathway systems. The initiative also produced a diverse collection of resources and materials for the broader workforce investment system to use in creating successful career pathways initiatives.

Jane Oates
US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

The brief discusses the central role that states play in the delivery of work supports to low-income working families and how policies can be changed to not only increase access to these supports, but to also foster economic family stability and asset building.





John Quinterno
Working Poor Families Project, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Joyce Foundation, Mott Foundation

Prepared by CAAL to help advance the recommendations of the National Commission on Adult Literacy, for the Adult Education and Economic Growth Act under development by Congressmen Patrick Kennedy and Reuben Hinojosa.

The Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL)

This document provides guidance on the Food Stamp Employment and Training Program (FSET), including who may be served and how the funds can be used for workforce development.

The Workforce Alliance

This letter is to encourage states to broaden their definition of approved training for Unemployment Insurance (UI) beneficiaries, to notify them of their potential eligibility for Pell Grants and other student aid, and to help individuals apply for Pell Grants through One-Stop Career Centers.

U.S. Department of Labor

This letter provides guidance to Financial Aid Administrators on their use of professional judgment in recalculating financial aid for dislocated workers. (May 2009)

U.S. Department of Education

This guidance from the DOE Office of Vocational Education (OVAE) provides the Department's interpretation of statutory provisions in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) that can be used to support the development of career pathway models.

Office of Vocational and Adult Education