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Capital Area Michigan Works! meets or exceeds performance measures

Tuesday, May 10, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Eric Dimoff
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The Workforce Development Agency compiled a report to analyze the effectiveness of Michigan’s Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs for Program Year 2014. The report provided a summary of Michigan’s WIA programs, accomplishments and performance results for the time period of July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The data assessed in this report shows that the state of Michigan met or exceeded all performance measures for the WIA program initiatives for Program Year 2014.

The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 supported placement, retention, earnings and skill attainment programming for adults, dislocated workers and youth. On July 22, 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law and supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.  WIOA funding, and previously WIA funding, allows Capital Area Michigan Works!, in partnership with WDA, to provide programs to support individuals and key industries in the state.

“The opportunities we have been able to bring to our region would not be possible without the funding we’ve received through WIA,” Edythe Hatter-Williams, Capital Area Michigan Works! CEO, said. “With such great appreciation of this support, we made it a priority to most effectively use these funds.”

The analysis of program results and outcomes for PY14 revealed that Michigan met or exceeded every performance measure. The key areas of performance assessed include entered employment rate, retention rate, average earnings rate, employment and credential rate, younger youth goal/skill attainment rate, younger youth diploma rate and younger youth retention rate.

“PY14 was an extremely successful year for the state of Michigan as we continue to bounce back from the recession,” Hatter-Williams said. “I feel confident that PY2015 has been comparatively successful and am looking forward to what 2016 and beyond holds.”

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