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Workforce Partnerships

How does ABE partner with workforce entities to design and deliver adult career pathway (ACP) programs? What are the various programs within a WorkForce Center of One-Stop? What roles can workforce partners play in serving ACP participants? How do local workforce development boards work and what is their role in ACP program development? What are some examples of successful ABE-workforce partnerships for ACP programming?

These tools and reference materials will help answer many of these questions and guide you in setting the foundation for best practices in adult career pathway programming.

Career Pathways Toolkit: Element One - Build Cross-Agency Partnerships and Clarify Roles

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

Element One of the Toolkit provides useful guidance and tools to engage cross-agency partners and employers; establish a shared vision, mission, goals and strategies; define the roles and responsibilities of all partners; and develop a work plan and/or memorandum or understanding for the partnership. (61 pages.)


Minnesota Adult Basic Education Program Finder

Minnesota Department of Education

This overlay map allows you to display boundaries for any or all of the following: ABE consortia, ABE transitions regions, career and technical education, Perkins consortia, school district boundaries, Minnesota State school sites, workforce centers, and workforce development areas. A helpful tool in defining career pathway program needs in a particular area and identifying potential partner institutions.

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Minnesota Workforce Council Association (MWCA) Roles


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


Minnesota Workforce Council Association (MWCA) Website

MWCA represents the cooperative efforts of 16 area workforce councils across the state. The MWCA website is the go-to online source for regional and local workforce development board plans, WIOA resources, the Governor’s workforce development council, and much more.

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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.


MWCA Orientation Guide

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.


Regional and Local Workforce Development Area MN Map

A useful color-coded reference map of Minnesota’s six Regional Workforce Development Areas and the smaller Local Workforce Development Areas within each region.


WIOA One-Stop Fact Sheet

U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employment & Training Administration

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law in 2014, is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in 15 years. This two-page fact sheet outlines highlights of WIOA reforms for one-stop centers (which we most often call WorkForce Centers in Minnesota) and lists the six WIOA core programs.


WorkForce Center Contacts

ATLAS, 2017

Many entities are found under the WorkForce Center (WFC) or One-Stop roof. As you develop relationships at the WFC, this simple tool helps you keep track of the “ who – what – how” of it all. Record and update contact information in grids as you go along.


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.


Workforce Collaborations Build a System of Supports for Immigrants

World Education

How can workforce development agencies and adult education programs work together to strengthen each other’s services to immigrant language learners? This 6-page fact sheet describes how community networks in three different parts of the country answered this question. Each one received support to build its collaborative work through the Networks for Integrating New Americans initiative.


Workforce Partnerships - Assessment of Current Relationships

ATLAS, 2017

ABE and workforce entities partner to design and deliver adult career pathway (ACP) programs. This simple 4-page tool includes 15 possible roles a workforce partner can provide within an ACP. To use the tool, one lists workforce contacts (e.g., Dislocated Worker counselor, Vocational Rehab Services manager), notes which services are currently provided by that partner in the ACP, and identifies new possibilities to expand the workforce partners’ roles to best serve participants.