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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Resource Page - Workforce Development & Adult Learning

Maryland's Workforce System

Innovations in Maryland: A Best Practices Guide

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Benchmarks of Success for Maryland's Workforce System and Implementation Timetable

Welcome to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Resource Page. Here you will find key information as the State of Maryland implements this important federal act. Stay current on Maryland’s implementation efforts by subscribing to Maryland’s WIOA Updates via GovDelivery.

WIOA - Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Overview

Maryland Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State PlanThe Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014, and became effective July 1, 2015. WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. WIOA is designed to help both jobseekers and businesses: WIOA addresses the needs of jobseekers through establishing a workforce system that helps them access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market; WIOA addresses businesses’ needs by matching them to the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

Maryland’s State Combined Workforce Plan

Maryland’s WIOA State Plan is Governor Larry Hogan’s blueprint for the creation of an effective and efficient workforce system. Governor Hogan has directed the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR), the Department of Human Resources (DHR), and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to work collaboratively to develop a strategic and operational plan that includes the following programs:

WIOA State Plan Program Core WIOA Program
as determined by law
Additional WIOA Program
as determined by the Governor
MD State Agency Responsible for Oversight
Adult Program   DLLR
Dislocated Workforce Program   DLLR
Youth Program   DLLR
Wagner-Peyser Act Program   DLLR
Adult Education & Family Literacy Act Program   DLLR
Vocational Rehabilitation Program   MSDE
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program   DHR
Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Program   DLLR
Jobs for Veterans State Grant Program   DLLR
Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Program   N/A

Governor Hogan’s letter designating Maryland as a Combined Plan State

The inclusion of these key programs, in combination, will ensure that Maryland effectively leverages its existing resources to deliver outstanding customer service to workers and businesses that are vital to Maryland’s economic growth and prosperity. Key partners from these state agencies as well as representatives from the Governor’s Workforce Development Board and local workforce development areas, pursuant to the Governor’s charge, worked together to ensure that Maryland is poised to develop a WIOA compliant workforce system.

The Plan was approved by USDOL and the federal agencies implementing WIOA. In July 2016, National Skills Coalition highlighted Maryland’s Combined State Workforce Plan.

Work Groups

In order to ensure Maryland’s effective implementation of the requirements of the new federal law, Maryland is dedicated to developing and implementing proven best practices and strategies towards system improvement. As a part of the transition, DLLR convened nine WIOA Implementation Work Groups comprised of subject matter experts and advocates from a variety of state and local agencies, community colleges, businesses, and key advocacy groups. By design, these original nine work groups were chaired by DLLR leadership staff and co-chaired by local leadership staff in an effort to ensure collaborative decision making. The work groups have been further developed and streamlined:

Maryland’s Eight WIOA Workgroups

  • Policy
  • Fiscal
  • Performance
  • Business Solutions
  • Monitoring
  • Professional Development
  • Career Pathways and Work and Learn Models
  • Reemployment Initiatives

Additional information regarding WIOA Workgroups

Maryland’s WIOA Convening

On July 21, 2016, and again on December 15-16, 2016, delegations from Maryland’s twelve local workforce development areas met to review and discuss the State’s workforce plan, obtain final regulation guidance as WIOA is being implemented, and to formulate local plans. In April 2016, local and regional plan guidance was released.

Presentations from Maryland's WIOA Convening

Additional WIOA Resources