Massachusetts WIOA Combined State Plan for FY2017-FY2020
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a federal act, was signed into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. WIOA is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in fifteen years.
Joint guidance from the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services requires Massachusetts to develop a four-year strategic plan that brings together in a collaborative effort federally funded programs that provide employment and training services for adults, dislocated workers, youth and veterans, adult education and literacy programs, vocational rehabilitation programs that assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment, and employment programs for those on public assistance and or with barriers to employment.
The Massachusetts State Plan represents the combined efforts of several state and local partners to provide an effective and efficient workforce system for the Commonwealth. State agencies contributing to the plan include:
• Executive Office Labor and Workforce Development
o Department of Career Services
o Department of Unemployment Assistance
• Executive Office of Education
o Adult and Community Learning Services / Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
o Department of Higher Education
• Executive Office of Health and Human Services
o Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
o Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
o Department of Transitional Assistance
o Executive Office of Elder Affairs