CareerForce receives both federal and state funding to administer workforce training programs in Minnesota. Federal funds—like those from the U.S. Department of Labor—are received by Minnesota and directed to 16 local workforce development areas. State funds are distributed by the Minnesota Legislature on an on-going or one-time basis. These funds can be directly appropriated to an organization or distributed through competitive grant opportunities open to nonprofit and community-based organizations.
CareerForce is supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA is federal legislation that guides the workforce system. Under WIOA, each state establishes a state plan, oversight board and regional areas and identifies priority industry sectors. Local workforce development boards focus on regional economics, including oversight and direction of CareerForce locations. In the end, it’s all about serving career seekers and employers while being a good steward of taxpayer dollars.
Minnesota’s WIOA plan focuses on two primary goals:
- Reduce educational, skills training and employment disparities based on race, disability, disconnected youth or gender.
- Build employer-led industry sector partnerships that expand the talent pipeline to be inclusive of gender, race and disability to meet industry demands for a skilled workforce.
Find out more by reading Minnesota’s Combined State WIOA plan.