Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), States, including New Mexico, submit a unified or combined state plan to the U.S. Department of Labor that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development system. People across departments in state government and non-profit workforce development organizations partner together to draft the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act Plan.
The N.M. Department of Workforce Solutions provided an opportunity for public comment on and inputs into the development of the Combined State Plan before its submission. The opportunity for public comment for the portions of the Combined State Plan that cover the core programs includes an opportunity for comment by:
- Representatives of local workforce development boards
- Chief elected officials
- Representatives of labor organizations
- Community-based organizations
- Adult education providers
- Institutions of higher education
- Other stakeholders with an interest in the services provided by the six core programs
- General public, including individuals with disabilities.
The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions also reached out to WIOA leaders across New Mexico’s Tribal Nations and Pueblos to strengthen collaboration and coordinate efforts to improve outcomes in the planning process. The meetings took place in Albuquerque and Las Cruces.