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Landmark Day for Job Training Programs

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July 22, 2014

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Landmark Day for Job Training Programs

Today, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a bill to overhaul the federal job training system. WIOA, the long overdue reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act, was passed by the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support earlier this summer.

Some of positive CTE-related provisions that were incorporated into WIOA include a strong emphasis on career pathways and training programs leading to recognized credentials, as well as the continued representation of education providers on the local Workforce Investment Boards. Additionally, the law allows for direct contracting between education providers and workforce boards for in-demand training programs and eliminates the current "sequence of services" requirement to speed up access to training services for job seekers.

In his remarks at the bill signing ceremony, President Obama lauded the bipartisan efforts of the Members of Congress who spearheaded the passage of WIOA. “This is not a win for Democrats or Republicans, this is a win for American workers,” said Obama.

He also referenced Vice President Biden’s work to review of all federal job training programs, and the subsequent policy recommendations that were included in a report released by the White House today. The president directed his cabinet to begin implementing the recommendations included in the report. “The bill I’m signing today and the actions I am taking today will help connect more ready-to-work Americans with ready-to be-filled jobs,” said Obama.

We will continue to provide updates on the enactment of WIOA through the CTE Policy Watch blog, and will be preparing new resources to help CTE stakeholders get involved in the law’s implementation. 

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