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  • III. Operational Planning Elements
    The Unified or Combined State Plan must include an Operational Planning Elements section that support 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. E. Partner Engagement with Educational Institutions

Describe how the State’s Strategies will engage the State’s community colleges and area career and technical education schools, as partners in the workforce development system to create a job-driven education and training system. WIOA section 102(b)(2)(B)(iv).

Current Narrative:

Through the work begun by the Indiana Career Council and continued through the State Workforce Board, Indiana’s education and training providers, including Indiana’s community college system and career and technical education schools are actively engaged to create a job driven system. With regard to the WIOA State Plan, Strategies 2.1 and 2.2 specifically address engagement of education and training providers. Providers in the K-12 and post-secondary arena are engaged in developing a career pathways system and are engaged in ensuring students are provided with meaningful career counseling and career preparation, including information on Indiana’s high wage, high demand occupations. Specifically, Indiana’s community college system and the K-12 system are actively using the INDemand system to align education and training offerings to employer demand.

The state will continue to include education and training providers in the conversation as initiatives and policies are being decided upon. Examples include the SWIC and SWIC taskforce work and the new Education to Career Pathways Cabinet.