This policy paper, prepared by Community Research Partners (CRP),1 makes recommendations for how Ohio can maximize the opportunities presented by the influx of $138 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to create a more effective workforce development system that addresses the critical training and education needs of Ohio's adult workers and jump-starts the state economy. These recommendations, which are applicable to WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker funds, include:
- assuring equal access to services
- focusing on training
- removing administrative barriers
- leveraging collaborations and
- requiring accountability and transparency.
In addition, the paper provides results of a preliminary scan of WIA training policies in other states.