Overview

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers secure the employment, education, training and support services necessary to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

Every year the core programs that form the pillars of WIOA help tens of millions of job seekers and workers connect to good jobs and acquire the skills and credentials needed to obtain them. With the implementation of WIOA, the Texas workforce system will continue to be a market-driven system, responding to the needs of employers and preparing workers for jobs that are available now and in the future.

WIOA authorizes and brings together the following core programs of federal investment under the workforce development system:

  • Employment and training services for adults, dislocated workers and youth
  • Wagner-Peyser employment services
  • Adult education and literacy programs
  • Vocational Rehabilitation state grant programs that assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment

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WIOA Combined State Plan

WIOA requires states to jointly develop and submit a single four-year plan for achieving the workforce goals of the state. The plan reflects the state’s goals and strategies to:

  • Align, coordinate and integrate education, employment and training programs
  • Guide investments to ensure that training and services are meeting the needs of employers and individuals
  • Engage economic, education and workforce partners in improving the workforce development system

TWC’s Combined State Plan for WIOA for Program Years 2020–2023 includes information for the six WIOA core programs, as well as other programs administered by TWC, including the Senior Community Service Employment Program and Wagner-Peyser Agricultural Outreach.

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WIOA CSP Two-Year Modification Public Comment

Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan (CSP) for Program Years 2020–2023 was submitted to the US Department of Labor and the US Department of Education on April 13, 2020, and approved on June 26, 2020. WIOA §676.145(a)(1) requires states to submit modifications to a CSP at the conclusion of the first two years of a four-year plan to “reflect changes in labor market and economic conditions or other factors affecting the implementation of the Combined State Plan.”

On February 15, 2022, TWC’s three-member Commission (Commission) approved the required Two-Year Modification of the CSP for WIOA covering Program Years 2020–2023 for posting for public comment.

As part of the submission-and-approval process, TWC seeks public comment and input regarding the development of the proposed modification to the CSP. The plan modification covers the following WIOA core programs and two optional programs:

  • Adult, dislocated worker, and youth programs under Title I of WIOA
  • Adult Education and Family Literacy Act program under Title II of WIOA
  • Wagner-Peyser Act Employment Service program as amended by Title III of WIOA
  • Vocational Rehabilitation program under Title IV of WIOA
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program
  • Wagner-Peyser Agricultural Outreach plan

The plan is divided into a strategic section, an operational section, a waiver requests section, and four program sections.

Select the following links for each section of the plan:

The Commission welcomes your input. The plan will be posted for public comment for 30 days. The deadline to submit comments is March 17, 2022.

Submit comments by email to: workforce.editing@twc.texas.gov.

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WIOA Guidance

TWC maintains a number of program guides, Workforce Development Letters, and Technical Assistance Bulletins to provide Local Workforce Development Boards with information and guidance on implementing the WIOA Title I program for adults, dislocated workers, and youth.

WIOA-Related Program Guides

WIOA-Related Policy and Guidance

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WIOA One-Stop Certification

WIOA requires all Workforce Solutions Offices in each local workforce development area to be certified by TWC once every three years. All Workforce Solutions Offices must be certified by December 31, 2023, using the One-Stop Certification form provided below. Submit the completed form via e-mail to Board.Relations@twc.texas.gov.  

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WIOA Eligibility

The following WIOA eligibility references are effective starting July 1, 2015.

The Data Element Review outlines the documentation required for validating WIOA eligibility.

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WIOA Self-Sufficiency Wage Levels

WIOA participants who are employed, but are not receiving self-sufficiency wages, may be eligible for WIOA training services. The U.S. Department of Labor’s 100 percent Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL) guidelines can be used to set minimum criteria for determining whether WIOA Title I participants receive self-sufficiency wages in their local areas. 

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Training Provider Requirements

WIOA requires training providers who want to receive WIOA funds to apply for certification and be included on the Statewide List of Certified Training Providers, which includes all training programs that are currently approved by one or more Workforce Development Boards and certified by TWC. Training providers must submit and receive approval of a Provider Assurance Statement to obtain access to the online application system.

Each board selects its providers of youth activities on a competitive basis and based on the recommendations of each Board’s Youth Council. Chosen providers are awarded grants or contracts.

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WIOA/WIA Annual Reports

View WIOA/WIA Annual Reports WOIA 2018 Annual Report PDF2020 2018 2017 2015 

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