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ADULT LITERACY CCLP National Skills To Compete Coalition

February 25, 2016

Adult Literacy  Right 2 work @  CCLP National Skills to Compete Coalition



Thursday, February 25


789 Sherman St #300


A light lunch will be provided to those who attend in person.


Call in number:  712-775-7300





  1. Introductions & Announcements


  1. WIOA State Plan ( See attached comments which were submitted on behalf of S2C) and WIOA Implementation

Note that comments were limited to 5000 CHARACTERS (not words, characters- and spaces counted.)


  1. National Skills Conference Report …………………………………………………………………………Frank Waterous, Laurie Harvey, Paula Schiefer, Chaer Robert, and NSC


TO view the National Skills Coalition Fact sheets on the various federal policy priorities , and other materials from the summit,  follow this link:



Our biggest, most impactful Skills Summit yet!


On February 7-9, more than 270 workforce advocates, employers, and community college leaders from 29 states travelled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for better workforce and education policies. It was our biggest, most impactful Skills Summit ever!

You can get the full details about the 2016 Skills Summit and find out how to join us at the 2017 Skills Summit on our blog.


My blog on the Conference:


February 5, 2016




Hard Copy of Electronically Submitted Comments


Skills2Compete Colorado is a multi-sector advocacy coalition focused on workforce development and middle skills jobs.  Previously, we lobbied for the Colorado Skills for Jobs Act (2012), the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (IBEST) bill (2013), the Adult Education Workforce Partnerships (2014), and the approval of two other high school equivalency vendors in addition the GED (State Board of Education (2015). We lobbied federally for WIOA passage as part of the National Skills Coalition. This list also reflects our values and priorities.

While data from the Skills for Jobs Act Report contributed greatly to the draft plan, we would have loved to have seen more about the Adult Education Workforce Partnerships and IBEST in the report. Both are great examples of what we think the new WIOA envisions:  working across systems to better help people acquire skills for in-demand jobs.  

Our most over-riding comment is that the plan seemed to be more about what Colorado programs are currently doing rather than what they will be doing differently. Some members commented that both the Adult Education and the Colorado Works sections seemed to be a cut-and-pasted from older plans. We would want to see more in the plan about the new bridges between programs that WIOA envisions, as well as how WIOA entities will partner with other government programs (SNAP Employment and Training, Child Care Assistance Program, HUD Continuum of Care, etc.) and community based organizations.  Given flat funding for WIOA, coordination across agencies is the best opportunity to serve people better. The Governor’s set aside priorities includes funding for staff training.  Cross training of staff can help those working in workforce centers, adult education programs, vocational rehabilitation, Colorado Works, and youth services understand the other services and programs a person might need and the role they  play in a larger vision of skills acquisition, career pathways, support services, etc.

We also expected to see more about the new priority for serving those with barriers to employment.  We know that nationally about 40 percent of clients would fall into one of the populations listed in WIOA as requiring priority of service.  In the Colorado draft plan, the target appears to be 50 percent (“a majority”). As our unemployment rate falls, it would seem that more of the unemployed job seekers might have significant challenges.  We would like to know how the new priorities will be expressed in business practices, adjustments to outcome measures, recruitment efforts, changing need for support services, and staff time for work with clients and businesses.  Voc. Rehab at least opens the door by acknowledging (page 202) that they have underserved certain populations. In the Voc. Rehab and Senior Community Service Employment Program section, they do list some planned outreach measures.

In the data section (page 307), we would like to see more description and figures. Shouldn’t it include data and narrative on who are the English language learners in Colorado, or who lacks a high school diploma?  Page 307 does list a number for TANF —91,439 – but does not explain what the number represents. The figure is certainly high than the current state caseload of households receiving a monthly grant.  We would also like to see a figure indicating how long Colorado families tend to remain on TANF. This has implications for the length of training opportunities that best serve TANF recipients, as well as income, and potential shifts in access to child care and other support services. The sections on veterans and on seniors both contained a portrait of the variety seen within their populations and a brief analysis of the challenges facing those groups. They also gave specific efforts to customize services to each group. We work like to see more of this elsewhere in the document.

Skills2Compete also submitted comments separately specifically on the Eligible Provider Training List.  We have been working on the need for consumer information about career training options, and in particular on the more expensive private occupational schools.  Since WIOA will require outcome, employment, and income data, it is an important opportunity to make this information publicly available to all Coloradans, and in a consumer friendly format.

We are very excited and supportive of the vision of WIOA— with emphasis on sector partnerships, career pathways, serving more job seekers with challenges to employment, and working across the siloes that are so frustrating for job seekers  As a cross sector coalition, we gain much by hearing the perspective of those working in different programs and agencies, including adult education, community colleges, community based work preparation and job placement services, vocational rehabilitation, advocacy organizations, private employers, and workforce center representatives.  We would love to see more of this reflected in the plan.

Chaer Robert, Coordinator

303-573-5669 x 307

Draft WIOA State Plan

Skills 2 Compete Coalition Comments on

Eligible Training Provider Data Collection

Final February 2016



Colorado’s Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) identifies training providers whose performance qualifies them to receive WIOA funds to train adults and dislocated workers through Individual Training Accounts (ITAs). Beginning in Spring 2016, Colorado’s ETPL will be administered in partnership with the Colorado Department of Higher Education and College In Colorado using a new online system. This new online platform will coincide with the implementation of WIOA to provide enhanced features and accessibility to our shared customers.


Comment: We applaud the state’s efforts to identify meaningful data that will be important for both local workforce development boards and consumers alike to make informed decisions about selecting training programs that are likely to lead to gainful employment. We want to ensure that the information that will be collected and made available through the new online system will be broadly accessible to consumers—that is, prospective students and their families.


For-profit occupational schools are an important part of the post-secondary education landscape in Colorado. CDHE is charged with overseeing the 375 private occupational schools in the state. These schools offer 680 different programs as diverse as computer technology, real estate, cosmetology and trucking. We believe many of these programs will apply to become WIOA eligible training providers. Generally speaking, training available through for-profit institutions, however, is more expensive than community colleges, less likely to lead to gainful employment, results in higher debt loads and student loan default rates. For these reasons, it is critically important that prospective students and families have access to the information that the WIOA draft plan has identified will be collected—data about costs, completion rates, job placement and starting salaries so students across the state can better make informed decisions about spending their education dollars wisely. This information should be made available in a consumer friendly manner, ideally in one place. College in Colorado is a good start and we would support using that website as the portal for prospective students to access the data programs will have to provide in their initial application and applications for on-going eligibility.
Process for initial application:

  1. State Legislative Update – Not a lot of workforce bills yet this year

       Do we want to take a position on any old/new bills ?



employment First

aligning secondary and post secondary  ICAP  Plan

changing schools to technical schools

unaccompanied Youth   students not as much paper work if homeless


public forum on micro credentialing


State wide concurrent enrollment voucher

students informed if the courses don’t count to current enrollment


tax credits,  enhancements in funding based on computer classes,  


apprenticeship study    Colorado pipe line talent ,  rehire Colorado extends life of the project  new funding for  5 years, Colorado work force opportunity act,  data base for licensed social workers,  master electricians when they re-license  rather than taking an assessment.


student data privacy


1197  stream lining the credentials of military training

1259  changes Jr College to local district

1287  related to pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship talent

Industry competency up to age 24  non-profit entity put up  $300, 000.00

K-12 education resources provide skills needed to pass through

more work force opportunities for children in high school  creating standards

incentive to create industry certification $1,000.00 have to be enrolled in a school district

1290  extending the skill jobs training    Goodwill was a provider  Department pf Human Services

serving people who have barriers to employment  32 weeks minimum of minimum wage  a training wage

WIOA  authorization has not been introduced as of March


Aligning CTE  High School and Middle School


create a data privacy sub committee

  1. Development of   S2C Problem Statement …………………………………………………………….Pete Mathews


  1. Update/news re High School Equivalency Tests  contracts have not been signed  they are setting up test centers  can’t move ahead unless there is a contract signed.  March 10  deadline.  90 days started January 1

1287   pre-apprenticeship programs  wanted to have all post secondary programs as a part of this.  Looking at barriers and  achievements  no fiscal note yet

CWDC  passed on this


1290   Extension of Rehire  success how to expand this to other sites


monitor workforce statutory compliance bill  NO #  yet.  Readier than ever for work









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