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Maryland Department of Labor Benchmarks of Success - Employers Video Highlights - Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Secretary Kelly Schulz, Dept. of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR)

Interview Host: Welcoming Remarks/ Introduction of Secretary Schulz (Part 2)

Question: Governor Hogan announced, back in June, that our federal partners approved the State’s Revised Plan, could you share with us some of the highlights from the revised plan?

Secretary Schulz’s Response/Highlights:

Reference the Executive Summary, highlights:

  • Maryland’s “Combined State Plan” – provides for a workforce ecosystem that will support our jobseekers and businesses. Maryland’s WIOA State Plan expands its reach to include the six core programs: Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth programs (Title I), basic Education for Adults (Title II), Wagner-Peyser (Title III), and Vocational Rehabilitation Services (Title IV) along with the Trade Program and the Jobs for Veterans State Grant Program. Most significantly, the state of Maryland also became one of only 29 states and 2 territories that opted to develop a Combined State Plan which aligns its workforce and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs across the state, requiring its 12 Local Workforce Areas to design distinct implementation plans responsive to the population needs in each of Maryland’s 24 counties (and Baltimore City).
  • Hiring Re-Entry Navigators.
  • For the first time ever, effective with this State Plan revision, the
    • Dept. of Housing & Community Development (Community Services Block Grant Program),
    • DLLR’s Division of Unemployment Insurance, and
    • Senior Community Services Employment Program
      Were formally added into MD’s Combined Plan.
  • First time, DLLR, DHS, MSDE, and GWDB and local workforce partners collaborated to develop the operational components of Maryland’s Workforce System.
  • The Benchmarks of Success – 5 Goals