August 2014
Vol. 6, No. 2
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President Obama Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

President Obama signs WIOA

 

On July 22, President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law. The signing ceremony External link opens in new window or tab was a showcase for the importance of national workforce education and development to economic recovery. It included the release of Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity External link opens in new window or tab, a federal-wide effort to ensure "that federally funded training programs are singularly focused on getting more Americans ready to work with marketable skills."

WIOA will become effective on July 1, 2015, the first full program year (PY) after its enactment. However, the act includes several provisions that become effective on other dates. For example, Governors must submit Unified State Plans pertaining to workforce investment programs, adult education and vocational rehabilitation to the Secretary of Labor on March 1, 2016. In addition, the WIA performance accountability section remains in effect for PY 2015, with the new WIOA performance accountability provisions taking effect at the start of PY 2016 on July 1, 2016.

Following the signing, both the departments of Labor and Education announced WIOA implementation resources and outreach efforts to their stakeholders. Bookmark the OCTAE WIOA website External link opens in new window or tab for information on the act and links to the resource websites of the department of Labor and vocational rehabilitation.

Source: Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education Blog External link opens in new window or tab.

Invitation to Comment on Implementation of Title II and Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

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This is a joint blog post from OCTAE External link opens in new window or tab and OSERS External link opens in new window or tab.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) invite you to submit comments and recommendations to help us implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act External link opens in new window or tab (WIOA), signed by President Obama on July 22. This new law seeks to maximize opportunities for youth and adults, with and without disabilities, to succeed in postsecondary education and in high-skill, high-wage, high-demand jobs in the 21st century economy. Specifically, we seek your comments to assist us as we begin the process of implementing the amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that were made by Title IV of WIOA and of the new version of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), in Title II of WIOA.

Your input can help us identify issues and concerns that we need to address in order to fulfill the expectations of WIOA, particularly as we develop draft regulations for public comment. While OSERS and OCTAE encourage you to respond to specific questions External link opens in new window or tab, we also encourage you to identify other issues that you believe are significant, and to provide your recommendations on how we should address them.

Read the full post and submit comments External link opens in new window or tab via the OCTAE Blog. Comments must be submitted by Friday, August 29, 2014. Submitting comments is voluntary and subject to ED blog comment policies External link opens in new window or tab.

Source: OCTAE Blog External link opens in new window or tab August 12, 2014.

Organizational Changes Within the California Department of Education - Adult Education Office

Important organizational changes have taken place within the California Department of Education. With the retirement of Patricia Terry, manager of the Adult Education Office (AEO), Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has made the decision to move the AEO out of the Coordinated Student Support and Adult Education Division (CSSAED) under the direction of Gordon Jackson and into the Career and College Transition Division (CCTD) under the leadership of Russell Weikle. The CCTD is part of the Instruction and Learning Support Branch (ILSB).

The work of the AEO is more closely aligned with the work being done in the CCTD and ILSB. Their work with Carl Perkins funds, development of career pathways, and other workforce initiatives fits well with the AEO and will enhance the provision of quality service for adult learners.

The organizational shift became effective on Monday, July 28, 2014. No interruption of services to the field is expected. Staffing assignments and contact information will remain the same except for the Division Director who is now Russell Weikle.

This change is expected to improve communication within CDE and facilitate enhancement of relationships with the field.

Questions about the change should be directed to Mr. Weikle by phone at 916-445-2652 or by e-mail at RWeikle@cde.ca.gov.

The original post on OTAN.

Calendar

Find and register for training throughout California and conferences throughout the USA at the California Adult Education and Professional Development Web site External link opens in new window or tab.

Workshops

OTAN offers free online and face-to-face workshops to adult educators and staff throughout California. Find out more at http://www.otan.us/training

Online Workshops

There are no online workshops currently scheduled.

Face-to-Face Workshops

Using iPads in Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab
September 19, 2014 – 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Mt. San Antonio College

Google Tools and Drive I External link opens in new window or tab
September 26, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Cont. Education

Google Tools and Drive II External link opens in new window or tab
October 24, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Cont. Education

Internet Resources for Adult Ed Teachers External link opens in new window or tab
November 7, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Cont. Education

Open Education Resources for Adult Educators External link opens in new window or tab
December 5, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Cont. Education

Be Productive and Create Classroom Activities Using Word 2010 External link opens in new window or tab
February 20, 2015 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Cont. Education

Creating Web Sites with Google Sites External link opens in new window or tab
March 20, 2015 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Cont. Education

To schedule a face-to-face workshop contact Linda Swanson at 800-894-3113 or lswanson@otan.us.

Did you know?

Ed Grants

OTAN maintains a database of adult education jobs. Most of the listing are for jobs in California, and sometimes you can find postings from other states.

OTAN also maintains a database of funding opportunities of interest to adult education agencies.

To access these resources you will need to have an OTAN username to log-on to the Funding & Jobs area of the OTAN Web site. Once there, just follow the links.

Do you have an adult education job you would like to advertise. Once you sign in you may place a want ad yourself, or you may send position information to Randy Bayne at rbayne@otan.us. Be sure to include closing date and links to application sites and more information, or attach your agency's position announcement.

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