Accelerate MS leads planning process for State’s Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Plan | Mississippi Politics and News

Mississippi has decided to present a Combined Plan to meet WIOA requirements.

Accelerate MS is managing the Mississippi State Planning Plan for Innovation and Workforce Opportunities for 2022 (WIOA). The WIOA plan outlines Mississippi’s proposed vision of a connected and efficient workforce system.

In 2020, Gov. Tate Reeves and the Mississippi Legislature created a new Office of Labor Development (Accelerate MS) to attract new businesses, develop the Mississippi economy and create a robust workforce development strategy that ensures every Mississippi worker can compete for high demanded jobs of the future.

Ryan Miller, executive director of Accelerate MS, told Y’all Politics that managing the state planning process WIOA is a good example of why Accelerate MS was created by the state.

“We were created to be a source of coordination, a spearhead, if you will, a workforce, development and deployment strategy, and I think the WIOA plan and its formation are a great example of how we try to live. to what we believe it was created for, ”Miller said.

Gareth McKinnis, Deputy Director of External Relations at Accelerate MS, explained that in order for states to have access to funds for labor development, each state must provide a detailed plan of how those funds will be used. Every two years there is a requirement to update the plan and every four years there is a completely new submission plan.

This is the first time the process of updating the plan has taken place, where the Mississippi Coordination Office worked. McKinnis said it allowed the office to explore what has been successful over the past few updates to the plan, but also to see where there is room for growth.

Mississippi presented the Combined Plan to meet the requirements of the Innovation and Workforce Opportunities Act. This revision of the joint plan is built around Governor Reeves ’commitment to make the Mississippi the best state in the country to live, work and raise a family.

The Mississippi Combined Plan includes six mandatory state programs – the Adult Program, the Resettled Workers Program, the Youth Program, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Program, the Wagner-Peiser Act Program, and Vocational Rehabilitation – along with temporary assistance for the Family in Need. and (TANF), Unemployment Insurance (UI), Trade Facilitation Assistance (TAA), Government Veterans Grants Program (JVSG), and Senior Public Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

This combined plan examines the state’s strategy for inclusive vision that empowers all Mississippi residents, examines the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for Mississippi workers, and presents the Accelerate MS’s efforts to bring together staff and WIOA stakeholders around a vision that addresses issues. faced by workers to gain empowerment and skills to meet the needs of the industry.

The Mississippi WIOA Plan for 2022 has been released for public review and comment, allowing the public to be able to give feedback on Mississippi’s proposed vision of a unified and efficient workforce system.

You can read the draft Mississippi 2022 State Plan of Innovation and Workforce Opportunity (WIOA) here.

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