Important Updates-Perkins, CLASP, and Manager Mondays

Why a Combined WIOA/Postsecondary-Only Perkins V State Plan would Benefit Adult Education

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Adult education, as title II of WIOA, is incorporated into a state’s WIOA state plan. To connect postsecondary CTE to adult education, states should strongly support the option that reads “WIOA Combined State Plan – Postsecondary Only” on page 11 of OCTAE’s recently released draft Perkins V “Guide for the Submission of State Plans.”

This is important for two reasons. First, it will ensure that critical planning content on adult education and postsecondary CTE are included in the same plan document. This is a formal way for the state to connect the two programs in a document submitted to the federal government, particularly the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education – the office that overseas both these federal programs.

Second, once the programs are connected through the combined planning process, opportunities can open up for dual enrollment for adult education students in postsecondary CTE. While Perkins IV fueled the development of dual enrollment between secondary students and postsecondary education, Perkins V can define a strategy of dual enrollment of adult education students in postsecondary career and technical education, providing opportunities for best practice Integrated Education and Training (IET) models and increasing postsecondary enrollments.

We encourage any interested party to submit comment via this Federal Register link in support of retaining this option in the final Perkins V planning guidance. Comment is due to the Federal Register by December 24, 2018.


Maximizing the Power of Pathways: Vital Career Pathway Conversations

On July 19, 2018, CLASP partnered with the Workforce Collaborative of the Greater Washington Community Foundation to host Maximizing the Power of Pathways: Vital Career Pathway Conversations. The convening brought together state education and workforce development leaders, national organizations, advocates, funders, and federal agency staff to share perspectives on four current and critical areas of career pathway work:

In conversation on these four topics, state leaders shared progress and pain points as well as passion and expertise. CLASP has compiled highlights from these discussions in hopes that they will spur further conversation and action in communities across the country. The above links provide PDFs of the highlights.


Manager Mondays

In response to requests from the field, COABE is holding a series of leadership training webinars (5 one-hour training events) for local program administrators on a variety of high-need topics. These Manager Mondays will feature state and local practitioners who are tackling the same issues you face each day. Additionally, each webinar will include OCTAE recommended resources. Register today!

The first of these Manager Monday webinars, "WIOA Opportunities" is scheduled for Monday, November 5th at 3:00 p.m.

There are two webinars scheduled on Monday, November 5th. One begins at 2:00 p.m. and the other begins at 3:00 p.m. If you wish to attend both webinars, you must register for each separately and use the distinct login information for each webinar. You cannot use the same login code for both webinars. If you have any questions, please contact Click here for more details.

Special thanks to Essential Education, the generous sponsor of this special training series.