Describe the consortium’s role in developing the regional transitions plan

The regional transition coordinator (RTC) facilitates meetings to gather input for the plan from all the regional managers. The RTC then writes the plan and distribute to all managers for review and revisions. Once all the managers agree on what should be included in the regional plan, the RTC submits it to the state for approval. Once the state has approved the plan, the RTC facilitates regular implementation meetings with the managers in the region. The resources support all sites, which are responsible to report results back to the coordinator at the end of the year. This plan is housed on a shared Google Document.  Hopkins is the fiscal agent for the transition dollars. Emily Watts is the current RTC for our region. The transition funding has provided the opportunity for the ABE West managers to collaborate and implement new and exciting career pathways across the region. Whenever possible Transitions and State ABE funds are leveraged with Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), MN State, county and local funds to provide industry-designed training. The Regional and Local Transition Plans are provided as an attachment.

The purposes of the WIOA are the following: 

  1. To increase, for individuals in the United States, particularly those individuals with barriers to employment, access to and opportunities for employment, education, training and support services they need to succeed in the labor market. 
  2. To support the alignment of workforce investment, education and economic development systems in support of a comprehensive, accessible and high-quality workforce development system in the United States. 
  3. To improve the quality and labor market relevance of workforce investment, education and economic development efforts to provide America’s workers with the skills and credentials necessary to secure and advance in employment with family-sustaining wages and to provide America’s employers with the skilled workers the employers need to succeed in a global economy. 
  4. To promote improvement in the structure and delivery of services through the United States workforce development system to better address the employment and skill needs of workers, jobseekers and employers. 
  5. To increase the prosperity of workers and employers in the United States, the economic growth of communities, regions and states and the global competitiveness of the United States.
  6. For purposes of subtitle A and B of title I, to provide workforce investment activities, through statewide and local workforce development systems, that increase the employment, retention and earnings of participants, and increase attainment of recognized post-secondary credentials by participants, and as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, increase economic self-sufficiency, meet the skill requirements of employers and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the Nation.