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  • III. Operational Planning Elements

    The Unified or Combined State Plan must include an Operational Planning Elements section that supports the State’s strategy and the system-wide vision described in Section II(c) above.  Unless otherwise noted, all Operational Planning Elements apply to Combined State Plan partner programs included in the plan as well as to core programs.  This section must include—

    • a. State Strategy Implementation

      The Unified or Combined State Plan must include–

      • 2. Implementation of State Strategy

        Describe how the lead State agency with responsibility for the administration of each core program or a Combined Plan partner program included in this plan will implement the State’s Strategies identified in Section II(c). above. This must include a description of—

III. a. 2. F. Partner Engagement with Other Education and Training Providers

Describe how the State’s Strategies will engage the State’s other education and training providers, including providers on the state’s eligible training provider list, as partners in the workforce development system to create a job-driven education and training system.

Current Narrative:

Almost 90% of the state’s WIOA eligible training provider programs are from Idaho’s community colleges and technical education schools. As noted earlier, these programs are well integrated into the workforce development system.

The Idaho Department of Labor and the Office of the State Board of Education work with other providers, such as proprietary schools and non-public training programs, to provide technical assistance as part of implementing WIOA reporting requirements for eligible training providers. These schools have agreed to provide participant and program information for their programs in a manner that is consistent with the public institutions. The result will be a comprehensive, comparable list of program outcomes across all programs in the workforce development system.

The WIOA State Plan partners have a strong relationship with the apprenticeship programs in the state. The union-based apprenticeship programs are available on the WIOA Title IB Eligible Training Provider list. In addition, the state’s U.S. Department of Labor-funded apprenticeship effort, ApprenticeshipIdaho, involves employers, unions and many other stakeholders, including traditional and nontraditional training providers, including online training opportunities. The AFL-CIO’s president is represented on the Workforce Development Council and the apprenticeship coordinator is an active participant in all state workforce development initiatives, including the performance reporting initiative for the eligible training providers. 

One-Stop partner Idaho Department of Health and Welfare encourages partners to leverage its SNAP 50-50 matching funds for training opportunities, having developed relationships with many community based organizations that provide training with non-federal funds.

The Idaho Commission for Libraries has been an active facilitator for promoting and expanding the One-Stop system across the state. Particularly in rural areas, libraries are the main resource for citizen seeking public information. Under the Idaho Department of Labor’s new service delivery model, 14 libraries in smaller cities and towns across the state serve as remote locations for the various services offered by the agency. In addition to providing access to information on workforce development programs, the libraries have free training resources available to the general public. The LiLI system (Libraries Linking Idaho) provides access to the LearningExpress Library, which even includes occupational test preparation.