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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

On July 22, 2014 President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act WIOA – Public Law 113-128). Under WIOA, Governor Malloy will submit to the U.S. Secretary of Labor by March 3, 2016 a Unified State Plan outlining a four-year strategy for Connecticut’s workforce development system. The Unified State Plan outlines a four-year strategy for the following core WIOA programs: 
  • Adult Program (WIOA Title I – administered by the CT Department of Labor)
  • Dislocated Worker Program (WIOA Title I – administered by CT Department of Labor)
  • Youth Program (WIOA Title I – administered by CT Department of Labor)
  • Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (WIOA Title II – administered by CT State Department of Education)
  • Wagner-Peyser Act (Wagner-Peyser Act, as amended by WIOA Title III – administered by CT Department of Labor)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Title I of Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by WIOA Title IV – administered by CT Department of Rehabilitation Services)
Major content areas of the Unified State Plan included strategic and operational planning elements, all of which apply to each of the core WIOA programs.

Connecticut’s Unified State Plan was fully approved by U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education in September 2016.

The State of Connecticut Adult Education portion of the WIOA Unified State Plan is condensed here:

Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Program State Plan for the State of Connecticut 2016.pdf


Workforce Investment Act

The purpose of Title II - Adult Education and Family Literacy Act is to create partnerships to:

  • assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency;
  • assist adults who are parents to obtain the educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children; and
  • assist adults in the completion of a secondary school education.

The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act is designed to provide opportunities for the improvement of educational programs and services for adults who lack the level of basic skills and literacy necessary for effective citizenship and productive employment. The term "adult education" means services or instruction below the postsecondary level for individuals who are 17 years of age and are not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under state law, lack sufficient mastery of basic educational skills to function effectively in society, and do not have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent.

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