Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Governor’s office is responsible for overseeing Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) planning and implementation. Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) is charged with writing a Unified State Plan for the effective delivery of workforce development services in Iowa. Many key partners have come together to craft the elements of the Unified Plan to ensure that every Iowan has unrestricted access to high-quality workforce delivery systems.

On August 20, 2015, the Iowa State Workforce Board approved the vision, goals, and strategic framework for advancing the Unified Planning process in Iowa. The vision was developed in collaboration with core partners and stakeholders across Iowa. The vision, goals and strategic framework will continue to be developed and strengthened as the Unified Plan moves closer to completion. Iowa Workforce Development strives to provide the most current and accurate information and reflect the current status of this initiative on our website.

WIOA Core Partners

WIOA core partners are Iowa Workforce Development, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Iowa Department for the Blind and Iowa Department of Education, Adult Education and Literacy. 

Unified State Plan Vision

Iowa’s workforce delivery systems will collaborate to build a Future Ready Iowa – a pipeline of skilled workers who are prepared to meet the workforce needs of Iowa’s current and emerging industries. In alignment with the National Governor’s Association Talent Pipeline vision and goals, this unified plan will ensure individuals are prepared for dynamic careers through an emphasis on lifelong learning while meeting the needs of employers. Iowa’s workforce delivery system will assist more Iowans to become Future Ready by attaining the “new minimum” of high–quality education, training, and work readiness by bringing together education, rehabilitation, workforce, and economic development resources and ensuring that all Iowans have access to an integrated and efficient workforce delivery system. Future Ready Iowans will be ready to meet the employment challenges of today and into the future so that ALL Iowans work in competitive, integrated employment settings.

Unified State Plan Goals

Goal I: Iowa’s employers will have access to advanced, skilled, diverse and Future Ready workers.
Goal II: All Iowans will be provided access to a continuum of high quality education, training, and career opportunities in the nation.
Goal III: Iowa’s workforce delivery system will align all programs and services in an accessible, seamless and integrated manner.

Unified State Plan

The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education (Departments) conditionally approved the Iowa Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) state plan subject to a list of requested revisions as outlined in this letter. Iowa’s list of requested revisions is the shortest in U.S. Department of Labor Region 5, the 10-state region that includes Iowa. The IWD WIOA implementation team has already started work with our core partners to address the requested revisions. 

Read the most recent version of the plan

IWD’s Proposed WIOA Title I and III Performance Goals for Program Year 2016 and Program Year 2017

This letter is the official notification advising Iowa of the agreed-upon PY 2016 and 2017 negotiated levels of performance. A copy of the negotiated performance levels is included with the letter.