States Use ARRA Funds to Support Innovation

Jul 24, 2009

States and communities now have more funding and greater flexibility under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to support cutting-edge workforce education and training strategies that can help low-skill adults and out-of-school youth gain the skills and credentials they need for career success. The increased funding is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed earlier this year.

Already, some states are implementing and expanding programs through WIA discretionary grants. Wisconsin is using $1. 5 million to support Opportunity Grants, which pay for short-term postsecondary training that is not covered by financial aid. The state also is using  $300,000 to fund Skills Jump Start Grants to help individuals who lack a high school diploma complete their basic education and concurrently  receive job training at technical colleges for employment in high-demand sectors such as manufacturing and health care.  For more information, download Using Increased Funding under the Workforce Investment Act to Create Multiple Pathways to Marketable Postsecondary Credentials and Middle-Class Employment. 

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