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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. B. Alignment with Activities Outside the Plan

Describe how the activities identified in (A) will be aligned with programs and activities provided by required one-stop partners and other optional one-stop partners and activities provided under employment, training (including Registered Apprenticeships), education (including career and technical education), human services and other programs not covered by the plan, as appropriate, assuring  coordination of, and avoiding duplication among these activities.

Current Narrative:

The information in this section is organized parallel to Part (A) above and listed in Table 24, which follows on the next page:

  • Idaho Department of Labor Programs - includes WIOA Title I-B and Title III, and Combined Partner programs of Trade Adjustment Assistance, Veterans Training & Employment Programs, and Unemployment Insurance
  • Title II - Adult Education
  • Title IV - Vocational Rehabilitation Programs
  • Combined State Plan Partner - OAA Title V - Senior Community Service Employment Programs

Since the state’s initial submission of its plan, state partners have sought a variety of ways to establish partnerships with entities outside WIOA to expand programs’ reach to areas where they may have a limited presence. The state’s library system has served as prime example of this effort. The Idaho Department of Labor, Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Adult Education have all utilized the state’s library system to serve as alternative locations where outreach staff can provide services outside American Job Centers or their own program offices.

Informal agreements have also been established with other entities, such as non-profit organizations, cities, and counties across Idaho which have also served to fill this need. Many individuals seeking their specific services have also demonstrated a need for One-Stop services which partners can help meet while visiting these locations.

Table 24: Core Program Activities Aligned with Strategy Implementation 

Activities Outside Plan Agency/Program*Target key industries/Sector Approach* Improving Public Awareness and Access to the Workforce System*Coordinating Business Services across partners to ensure delivery of streamlined and high-quality solutions*Serving Rural communities*Career Pathways
Idaho Department of Labor-WP,WIOA Title I-B, TAA, VETS, UI,·The sector strategy initiative is supported by the Idaho Department of Labor’s Research and Analysis Bureau. This bureau is responsible for developing and publishing data for Bureau of Labor Statistics programs and other labor market information. Industry scans for the targeted sectors are published periodically to update policymakers, industry leaders, and those working in economic and workforce development. These industry scans are important for informing and training all workforce partners about the targeted industries and the high-demand occupations within them.·The agency’s Communications division is assisting in the development of an outreach campaign to inform the public of the Idaho Department of Labor’s new service delivery model.  In addition, Communications also assists the Workforce Development Council in the development/layout of some of its reports to the Governor and legislature which outline the multitude of workforce activities taking place across the state.
·The agency’s Idaho Job Corps initiative is creating better opportunities for Idaho’s youth to benefit from the Job Corps program.
·The Research & Analysis Bureau provides labor market information to core and One-Stop partners to assure that employers across the state receive program information and services designed to improve their labor force. 
·The Research & Analysis Bureau assists the Workforce Development Council in developing and issuing metrics to determine criteria for awarding Workforce Development Training Fund grants.  
·In order to provide One-Stop services across the state, IDOL is leading the discussions with the One-Stop partners to share resources, including co-location. It is rare that partners duplicate each other’s work. The communities are so small that each partner is intimately aware of what the other is doing and they most often collaborate; however, there is room for improvement as leases expire and new service delivery models are implemented. 

·The career pathways initiative is led by Idaho Career &Technical Education, the administrator of the Carl D. Perkins programs. The initiative is well informed by many of the partners - Adult Education, WIOA Title I-B programs, and Employment Services staff. The effort is overseen by the Workforce Development Council with input from industry leaders and all levels of educators.
·The Idaho Job Corps program is partnering with the community colleges in the state in a new pilot designed to promote more flexibility to the program in aligning to in-demand career pathways. The pilot is in place at one community college and will expand to the others in PY21.
Idaho Career Technical  Education-Adult Education ·ICTE also administers the GED program for the State and will ensure that the policies and processes guiding GED testing in Idaho align with the Combined State Plan strategies. For example, the Division has implemented new polices for opening GED testing centers in underserved and rural communities. ICTE also coordinates training around the GED for local Adult Education providers.·Training initiatives for local program staff around workforce development, One-Stops, and program partnerships will be coordinated through the WIOA Advisory Group and Workforce Development Council to maximize cross training opportunities and reduce duplicated efforts*See Improving Public Awareness/ AccessCareer pathways, contextualized literacy instruction, and college transition programs for Adult Education will be developed in coordination with ICTE and the State Board of Education, as well as local colleges. This will help ensure alignment with technical programs funded by Carl D. Perkins at both the secondary and post-secondary levels and reduce duplication and redundancies in remedial education programs.
Vocational Rehabilitation Programs-  Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation & Idaho Commission of the Blind and  Visually Impaired•Focus training and improvement efforts around Comprehensive Assessments to require the utilization of career pathways model in addition to LMI, when applicable, and enhanced discovery activities to align with interests, abilities, capabilities, strengths, and limitations of the individual. •VR programs are working to improve program visibility including improved marketing tools for both employers and people with disabilities. 
•VR programs have re-engineered our ‘success stories’ process with a focus on the creation of quality products showcasing beneficial outcomes for business and customers who utilize VR. 
•Title IV programs continue to work with Idaho school districts and LEAs to promote early involvement of students in the VR process and Pre-employment Transition Services.
•Business outreach team for each region has been established by IDVR and ICBVI to strategize and coordinate regional services and to participate in WIOA regional employment teams.  
•Strategic planning efforts to better inform a business outreach for Title IV programs are now underway,
Continue to encourage and support vendors offering service provision in smaller communities to offset the impact of long distances, while exploring other service delivery models to expand options in rural/remote communities. 
·Continue to monitor rural need and continue to support travel by Community Rehabilitation Programs serving Idaho’s remote& underserved areas. 
·Extend rural outreach to all school districts. Transition coordinator to develop, evaluate & modify innovative transition services tailored to the needs of local areas/ communities as they align with the combined state strategy and activities of workforce partners.
·Conduct an internal evaluation of structure to better serve participants to include rural and remote communities.
•Focus training and improvement efforts around Comprehensive Assessments to require the utilization of career pathways model in addition to LMI, when applicable, and enhanced discovery activities to align with interests, abilities, capabilities, strengths, and limitations of the individual. 
Idaho Commission on Aging - SCSEP ·Provide referral information to outside organizations that provide information and assistance, such as, Centers for Independent Living and the Area Agencies on Aging.   Continue providing servicing in rural counties as identified by USDOL in the SCSEP equitable distribution (ED) report