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With the due date for WIOA state plans less than a year away, many states are getting serious about planning. New Jersey’s WIOA planning process – highlighted in Engagement Matters: A Case Study of New Jersey’s WIO Planning Process — provides an example that should be of interest to other states looking to embark on a skills-focused, inclusive WIOA planning process.
As described in NSC’s newly-updated Playbook for Creating Effective State Plans, states can use WIOA plans to chart sector partnerships, career pathways, job-driven training, and cross-program measurement. In order to have a plan that leverages this opportunity, states planning processes should focus on key skills strategies and authentically engage a broad set of stakeholders.
The New Jersey case study offers key takeaways for states interested in developing a robust planning process:
On May 19, NSC hosted a webinar with policy leaders from the state of New Jersey to discuss how state policymakers and stakeholders can advance a robust WIOA planning process. Click here to watch the webinar.