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Local Workforce Development Boards

Do you serve as an ABE rep on your local workforce development board (LWDB)? This can be a challenging and sometimes confusing role. These tools and reference materials are intended to help answer many of your questions and guide you in effectively representing ABE on the LWDB. Partnering with all WIOA partners in serving common participants through adult career pathways and related programming is also addressed.

Building Strategic Partnerships Online Course

Literacy Information & Communication System (LINCS)

This online, self-directed course is intended for adult education program administrators interested in building new and strengthening existing partnerships essential for successful development and implementation of Adult Career Pathways programs and systems. The course is self-paced and features three modules: Understanding Strategic Partnerships; Engaging Strategic Partnerships; and Sustaining Strategic Partnerships. (1 hour and 30 minutes)

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Career Pathways Checklist

U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Career, Technical & Adult Education (OCTAE), June 2017

This user-friendly 10-page checklist is designed to help determine the extent to which a newly developed or existing CP program meets the requirements for career pathways as outlined in WIOA. Each page includes a brief explanation of one of the seven criteria, followed by a grid for noting how the program you are assessing meets or does not meet that criterion.


Career Pathways Toolkit: An Enhanced Guide and Workbook for System Development

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, 2017

Organized around six key elements of career pathways, each section includes resources and writable worksheets to help state and local ACP teams with implementation.  (Downloadable PDF available online)

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Engaging Employers to Support Adult Career Pathways Programs

David Bond, Kratos Learning, 2018

This 10-page issue brief offers practical strategies on engaging employers and building business-education partnerships to support ACP programs, and highlights promising examples from adult education providers in three states.


Funding Career Pathways

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Washington D.C., 2016

This resource is a federal funding toolkit for state and local/regional career pathway partnerships. It is designed to help identify and use federal resources to support career pathways for adults and youth. The toolkit aims to help partnerships understand key components and tasks involved in developing, implementing, and maintaining career pathway programs; and identify how federal resources can support these key components and tasks. (62 pages.)


Guide for MN Adult Basic Education Representatives to Local Workforce Development Boards

Minnesota Department of Education, June 2018

A brief 7-page informal guide to the role of ABE representative to your local workforce development board, developed in response to various questions from reps, with input from reps. Sections include: how ABE fits in the work of LWDBs; roles and responsibilities of the ABE rep to the LWDB; strategies for effectively representing all ABE consortia in your locality; roles ABE reps take on their LWDBs; and more.


Minnesota ABE Comprehensive Career Pathways

MN Career Pathways Network

A 13-slide PowerPoint with embedded audio that provides useful graphics and basic orientation to the what and why of adult career pathway programming and the role of ABE in these multi-partner efforts.


Minnesota Career Pathways Network - Core Elements

MN Career Pathways Network

A concise two-page document that outlines core elements of career pathway programming. Also includes the WIOA definition of career pathways and useful graphics on the “tipping point” and on ABE’s role in pathway work.


Minnesota Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Template

Developed by multi-institution committee, Spring 2017

Preamble to the template: “The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to define the roles and responsibilities as mutually agreed by the parties for the operation of the One-Stop Service Delivery System in Local Workforce Development Area XX – NAME as required under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA).” Can download as a Word document and complete for any LWDA.


Minnesota Workforce Council Association (MWCA) Roles


A one-page quick reference of MWCA’s purpose, membership, functions and structure.


Minnesota’s Workforce System

Minnesota Workforce Council Association (MWCA)

A useful two-page overview WorkForce Centers, workforce development areas, roles of workforce development boards and elected officials, and functions of MWCA.


Orientation Guide for Minnesota’s Local Workforce Development Boards

Minnesota Workforce Council Association, 2017

A resource for Minnesota’s local workforce development boards, this 70-page guide provides an overview of the public workforce system, workforce development boards, information on legalities, and other useful reference material for ABE practitioners new to the workforce system and the role of regional and local workforce development boards. See especially Funding chart (Appendix G) as a guide to understanding WIOA federal funding streams, state agency fund designees, and local oversight of funds.


Q&A on the MOU, OSO, and IFA for ABE Representatives on the LWDBs

MN Dept. of Education, May 2018

Response to questions regarding the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), One-Stop Operator (OSO), and Infrastructure Agreement (IFA). Includes definition of key terms and clarification of various other potentially confusing aspects of these three aspects of the joint work between ABE and the workforce system.


Sample MOU and Infrastructure Costs Toolkit

Innovation & Opportunity Network, 2017

This Sample Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from the federal level and accompanying Cost Allocation Analyses for hypothetical local areas may be used as a reference guide or toolkit when developing your own MOU, including your one-stop operating budget, Infrastructure Funding Agreement (IFA), and cost allocation methodologies, pursuant to the requirements of section 121 of WIOA, its implementing regulations at 20 CFR part 678 and 34 CFR parts 361 and 463, and the relevant guidance.

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Strategic Governance Reference Guide

MN Governor’s Workforce Development Board & MN Workforce Council Association, January 2018

Based on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). For members of Minnesota’s Governor’s Workforce Development Board and Local Workforce Development Boards. See especially Local Plan (p. 15) for the required core elements of the LWDA plan. Also includes a helpful list of acronyms and glossary of terms.


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the One-Stop Delivery System

David H. Bradley, Specialist in Labor Economics. Congressional Research Service, October 27, 2015

This 47-page report provides details of WIOA Title I state formula program structure, services, allotment formulas, and performance accountability. Also provides a program overview for national grant programs, plus a brief overview of the Employment Service (ES), authorized by separate legislation but an integral part of the One-Stop system created by WIOA.


WIOA Definition of Career Pathways

Minnesota Department of Education

A one-page easy reference that outlines the seven criteria for career pathways as described in WIOA regulations, along with further explanation of a few of the terms in the definition.


Workforce Center Required Partners

Minnesota Dept. of Education, 2017

A useful 4-page document that will assist Adult Basic Education practitioners to understand the roles of WIOA partners and the services these partners can provide in adult career pathway programming. These six programs are considered “required partners” under WIOA and are usually housed within the WorkForce Center.