How WIOA Performance Data Works

Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) released a new infographic to show how federal, state, and local governments collect and share data under the four titles of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and how various stakeholders use these data.


Read more about WDQC’s new infographic and download it on the WDQC blog.

Source: National Skills Coalition

Governor Walker Signs Administrative Order on Apprenticeship Utilization

November 9, 2015 ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker signed Administrative Order 278 last week, expanding state apprenticeship utilization standards.  AO 278 requires at least 15% of project hours on state projects be completed by Registered Apprentices, and sets a 15% target for future oil and mineral development on state lands.  Apprenticeship utilization will expand the supply of highly trained Alaskans and help ensure the state’s workforce can tackle large, complex projects like the gasline. Read the full press release here.

Department of Education Launches the Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP) Experiment to Provide Low-Income Students with Access to New Models of Education and Training

In mid-October, the Obama Administration announced a new pilot program to accelerate and evaluate innovation through partnerships between colleges and universities and non-traditional providers of education in order to equip more Americans with the skills, knowledge, and training they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.


To be considered for participation in the EQUIP initiative, postsecondary institutions must submit a letter of interest to the Department of Education, following the procedures outlined in the Federal Register notice. To receive priority consideration, letters of interest must be received no later than December 14, 2015 per the DoE guidelines. Read here to learn more.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Public Workforce Information and Planning Meetings

WIOAThe State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development will be hosting information and planning meetings open to the public. Preview the proposed agenda here. The meetings will be held from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM as scheduled below:

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Centennial Hall Convention Center
Ballroom 2
101 Egan Drive
Juneau, Alaska 99801

Thursday, November 5, 2015
1:00 – 4:00 PM
University of Alaska
Butrovich Building
Board of Regents Conference Room 109
910 Yukon Drive
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
1:00 – 4:00 PM
William A Egan Civic & Convention Center
Lower Level located in Summit Hall
555 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501

Eligible Training Provider List New Policies and Procedures Out for Public Comment

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Employment and Training Services, is soliciting public comments on the draft Eligible Training Provider and Program List (ETPL) policy,  procedural guide and applications.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) replaced the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) on July 1, 2015.  WIOA requires States to establish eligibility criteria, policy and procedures for initial  and continued eligibility for training providers and their programs to be included on the State’s ETPL.

WIOA emphasizes informed consumer choice, job-driven training, training provider performance and continuous improvement in performance achievement and accountability.  A primary means WIOA employs to achieve these goals is through the ETPL.  The ETPL is designed to gather and display useful information on training providers, their services, and the quality of their programs.  It is a key piece of the State one-stop system and it must be made available to the public and specifically to individuals seeking information on training programs to be funded under WIOA title I-B programs.

Comments on the draft ETPL policy, procedures and applications are due to the Division by 5:00 pm, September 15th and should be emailed to Shawna Harper, Program Coordinator II, at

For more details and to download all related documents, please visit