Pennsylvania L&I to Hold Listening Sessions Seeking Public Comment on the WIOA Combined State Plan

Jan 13, 2016, 15:35 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) invite stakeholders and the general public to comment on the recently posted Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act four-year combined state plan via a series of listening sessions.

The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the governor of each state to submit a four-year unified or combined state plan outlining the state's workforce development strategy. Pennsylvania's combined plan includes six core programs: adult, dislocated worker, youth, Wagner-Peyser, adult basic education, and vocational rehabilitation, plus several optional programs.

The state plan, which was drafted with input from the departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Corrections, Education, Human Services, and Military and Veterans Affairs, was posted online in December, and is open for public comment until 5 PM, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. 

There are three ways to comment: in writing via email to, through an online survey, or by participating in a series of listening events hosted by L&I. It is requested that individuals offering written comment include page numbers when commenting on specific aspects of the plan to facilitate responses to the comments. Please note that all written comments submitted will be considered and responded to within the final state plan. 

The listening sessions will be held as follows:

January 19, 2016
11 AM – 1 PM

Community College of Philadelphia CCP
Winnett Building
Room: The Great Hall
1700 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
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January 20, 2016
Virtual Forums
2 PM - 4 PM

Butler County Community College
Public Safety Building
Room: ADMS Room 202
107 College Drive
Butler, PA 16002
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Community College of Allegheny County
Student Service Center
Room: Auditorium (SSC 260)
800 Ridge Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

January 21, 2016
Virtual Forums
2 PM to 4 PM

Northampton Community College
College Center Building
Room 220
3835 Green Pond Road
Bethlehem, PA 18020
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Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center
Room: Cafetorium, 2nd Floor
1500 4th Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602

Mansfield University
Allen Hall Building
Room: 104 Auditorium
Campus View Drive
Mansfield, PA 16933
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Those wishing to offer comment at one of the listening sessions are encouraged to sign up in advance by completing the survey form. Please note that L&I will not be responding to comments at these sessions.

Any questions regarding Pennsylvania's WIOA Combined State Plan or the public comment process should be directed to

MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Goulet, 717-787-7530


SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry