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CJC Comments on WIOA RegulationsJune 19, 2015
CJC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on three Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs), each of which addressed different aspects of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The proposed regulations mark an important milestone in WIOA implementation, and the Departments plan to analyze all the public comments and anticipate issuing Final Rules implementing WIOA in early 2016.

CJC’s comments reflect input from ten local workforce stakeholders who assisted us with reviewing the regulations. Additionally, our comments are informed by CJC’s work with a range of workforce providers and adult education providers, anti-poverty organizations, and other stakeholders in Chicago and across Illinois over the last several years. Our comments also reflect and build upon recommendations and comments from recognized national organizations including the National Skills Coalition, the Center for Law & Social Policy (CLASP), and Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty and Economic Opportunity.

Click here to read CJC’s comments, and visit CJC’s WIOA page on the WIRE to keep up with comments from other organizations.

June Workforce Development Working Group — Join Us!May 28, 2015
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is changing the expectations of both workforce and adult education programs. Come learn about the new WIOA regulations focused on career pathways and transitions to post-secondary education and training. Our June Working Group will be held Wednesday, June 10 from 8:30 – 11:00am at the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago. For more information and to register, click here.
Panel Announcement – CJC’s 34th Annual Meeting – Register & Join Us!May 28, 2015
Registration is open for our 34th Annual Meeting Celebration: Ideas and Action From the Community, For the Community. The celebration will take place Friday, June 5, 2015 from 8:30 – 11:00pm (8:30, breakfast & registration | 9:00, program) at the Hotel Palomar Chicago. We’re happy to announce our Ideas and Actions Panel featuring: Natalie Moore, WBEZ’s South Side reporter (Moderator); Yolanda Fields, Breakthrough Urban Ministries; Ellen Ray, Center for Changing Lives; and Scott Waguespack, Alderman, Chicago’s 32nd Ward. Tickets are $40. For more information and to register, click here.

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