California's Unified Strategic Workforce Development Plan 2016-2020

Consistent with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the State Board has developed its State Plan with three policy objectives in mind. These objectives affect both state-level policy and administrative practices across programs as well as local policy and service delivery:

  • Fostering “demand-driven skills attainment”. Workforce and education programs need to align program content with the state’s industry sector needs so as to provide California’s employers and businesses with the skilled workforce necessary to compete in the global economy.
  • Enabling upward mobility for all Californians, including populations with barriers to employment. Workforce and education programs need to be accessible for all Californians and ensure that everyone has access to a marketable set of skills, and is able to access the level of education necessary to get a good job that ensures both long-term economic self-sufficiency and economic security.
  • Aligning, coordinating, and integrating programs and services to economize limited resources to achieve scale and impact, while also providing the right services to clients, based on each client’s particular and potentially unique needs, including any needs for skills-development.

This State Plan provides the policy framework and direction for day-to-day operations of WIOA-funded programs, while also laying out a vision for collaboration with non-WIOA programs that provide relevant programs and services. Across California, regional partnerships have developed to address the state’s workforce challenges. The role of state agency and state department plan partners under this plan is to help develop regional leadership and local and regional program alignment and scale by means of coordinated policy direction, program oversight, program support, and technical assistance for and to local and regional service providers covered by the plan. State Plan, state agency and departmental partners include the following:

  • Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA)
  • California Workforce Development Board (CWDB)
  • California Community Colleges’ Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO)
  • California Department of Education (CDE)
  • California Board of Education
  • Employment Development Department (EDD)
  • Employment Training Panel (ETP)
  • Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)
  • California Department of Social Services (CDSS)
  • Health and Human Services Agency (HHS)
  • Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

The individual components of the State Plan are below.

Unified State Plan Preface Through Chapter 9 

WIOA Appendix A (Title I Program)

WIOA Appendix B (Title II Program) 

WIOA Appendix C (Wagner-Peyser and Ag Plan) REVISED

WIOA Appendix D (Title IV Program, DOR)

WIOA Appendix E (Original Labor Market Analysis, Further Detail)

WIOA Appendix F (RPU Profiles)

WIOA Appendix G (Agreements)

WIOA Regional Planning Units Map

US Department of Labor Approval Letter for the California Unified Strategic Workforce Development Plan

Revisions to the California Unified State Plan

US Department of Labor Final Approval Letter

California Unified Strategic Workforce Development Plan 2016-2020

Regional-Local Plan Guidance Clarification