- Program-specific Requirements for Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Programs
The Unified or Combined State Plan must include a description of the following as it pertains to adult education and literacy programs and activities under title II of WIOA, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA).
d. Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education Program
Describe how the State will establish and operate Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education programs under Section 243 of WIOA, for English language learners who are adults, including professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries, including how the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education program under section 243(a) of WIOA will be delivered in combination with integrated education and training activities.
Describe how the State will fund, in accordance with the requirements of title II, subtitle C, an Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education program and how the funds will be used for the program.
Describe how the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education program under section 243(a) of WIOA will be designed to prepare adults who are English language learners for, and place such adults in, unsubsidized employment in in-demand industries and occupations that lead to economic self-sufficiency.
Describe how the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education program under section 243(a) of WIOA will be designed to integrate with the local workforce development system and its functions to carry out the activities of the program.
In Idaho, Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) funds are awarded to eligible providers through a competitive application process for multi-year grants, outlined in part (b(i)). After providers receive funds through the competitive process, they may request continuing funds on an annual basis through a renewal application. Funds are used to support the operational expenses of local IELCE programs, including teacher salaries and benefits, classroom supplies, textbooks, and other items necessary to carry out instruction. The State collaborates with local providers to build on existing best practices while expanding and/or implementing new workplace training components, as necessary.
Services provided through Section 243 must include education services that enable adult English language learners to achieve competency in the English language and acquire the basic and more advanced skills needed to function effectively as parents, workers, and citizens in the United States. Programs must include instruction in literacy and English language acquisition and instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation, and may include workforce training.
Additionally, Section 243 IELCE programs must provide access to integrated education and training (IET). Per the IELCE program requirements, each program that receives funding under Section 243 must be designed to provide access to integrated education and training; a service approach that provides training concurrently and contextually with workforce preparation activities and workforce training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster for the purpose of educational and career advancement. The State Director in Idaho coordinates with the State Workforce Development Council to stay informed of workforce needs and promote employer collaboration with IET programs across the state. Section 243 recipients also prepare adults who are English language learners for, and place such adults in unsubsidized employment in in-demand industries and occupations that lead to economic self-sufficiency and integrate with the local workforce development system and its functions to carry out activities of the program. Local providers build relationships with their local departments of labor and community based organizations to understand the workforce needs of their local community as well as the training needs of community members. Local providers design programs according to the skills gaps that exist in their communities. Given the diversity of students, employers, and service providers throughout Idaho, local providers have flexibility in implementation and management of IELCE and IET programs. The program plan and budget for all such activities are reviewed and approved by the State to ensure they meet the purpose and requirements of the law.