WIOA and Career and Technical Education

The enactment of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which goes into effect on July 1, 2015,
provides new opportunities for the workforce system and Career and Technical Education (CTE) to work together.
Whether a state creates a “Combined Plan” that includes WIOA and the State Plan for Perkins, or a state writes a
“Unified Plan,”1 the state should consider how these programs can best work together to prepare individuals for
careers that meet employer skill needs. This paper outlines some key areas where alignment can occur.

WIOA and Adult Education

The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which goes into effect on July 1, 2015, provides new opportunities for the public workforce and adult education systems to work together. In particular, the law requires that each state develop a unified plan that describes strategic and operational elements across WIOA’s four titles. Thus, WIOA’s workforce (Title I) and adult education (Title II) activities will need to be more closely coordinated. This brief outlines some key areas where alignment can occur.