Local Strategic Plan

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014 and became effective July 1, 2015. WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. WIOA is designed to help both job seekers and businesses. WIOA addresses the needs of job seekers through establishing a workforce system that helps them access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market. WIOA addresses employer needs by matching them to the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

Under the leadership of Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland has taken the opportunity to “hit the reset button” by critically analyzing the current workforce system with the assistance of subject matter experts to ensure that Maryland’s system under WIOA is highly responsive to the needs of both businesses and jobseekers. The State’s approach to the formulation of the State Combined Workforce Plan was one of collaboration and cooperation. As a combined workforce plan state, Maryland included representatives from the Department of Human Resources’ Family Investment Administration and the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Rehabilitation Services in the preparation of the various drafts of the State Plan, the review of comments, and in discussions regarding the alignment of programs from
these organizations. Local Areas are required to continue that collaborative process in the formulation of the Local Plans.

Local Plans, pursuant to WIOA, must align with the State’s vision as set forth in the Combined State Plan. The Local Plan must also address certain specific provisions as set forth in Section 108 of WIOA. The State provided guidance to the Local Boards in the formulation of its Local Plans. 

Section 108 of WIOA requires that each Local Board develop and submit to the Governor a comprehensive four-year Local Plan. The four-year local plan for the Lower Shore Workforce Alliance was approved at the meeting of the Governors' Workforce Development Board held on June 14, 2017. At the two-year mark, the plan was revised slightly. The revised plan was approved and can be viewed by clicking the link below

Local Plan 2016-2020
Youth Strategic Plan

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