Massachusetts WIOA State Plan Public Review and Comment Period

Dear Friend of SkillWorks:

You are invited to review the draft Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Massachusetts Combined State Plan website and provide comments and feedback through in-person public meetings, or online. Please visit the Massachusetts WIOA State Plan website (or continue reading) for more information!

The Massachusetts WIOA State Plan is available for public review and comment through February 22, 2016.  

The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014 and 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.

Massachusetts is required to develop a four-year strategic plan that brings together in a collaborative effort federally funded programs that provide employment and training services for adults, dislocated workers, youth and veterans, adult education and literacy programs, vocational rehabilitation programs that assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment, and employment programs for those on public assistance and or with barriers to employment.

The Massachusetts WIOA Combined State Plan represents the combined efforts of several state and local partners to provide an effective and efficient workforce system for the Commonwealth.  State agencies contributing to the plan include:

  • Executive Office Labor and Workforce Development
  • Executive Office of Education
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Service

We want to hear your thoughts and your feedback on the draft WIOA Combined State plan! You can provide your comments on the WIOA Combined State Plan in two ways: (1) at a WIOA State Plan Public Meeting, and (2) through the Online Comment form.

WIOA State Plan Public Meetings
Learn about the draft Massachusetts WIOA Combined State Plan, meet agency staff, and share your questions and comments about the draft WIOA Combined State Plan.

All meetings are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; attendees are encouraged to register

Visit the Massachusetts WIOA State Plan website for more information including directions and parking information.

Agenda and Format for Public Forums

Thursday, February 11th
10:00am – 12:00 noon
Roxbury Community College
Reggie Lewis Track & Field Athletic Center
REGISTER for this meeting

Friday, February 12th
12 noon – 2:00pm
Worcester State University
Sullivan Academic Center, Eager Auditorium
REGISTER for this meeting

Thursday, February 18th
12 noon – 2:00 pm
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Woodland Commons Center
REGISTER for this meeting

Friday, February 18th
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Holyoke Community College
Kittredge Center
REGISTER for this meeting

Massachusetts WIOA Combined State Plan Online Comment form
Visit the Massachusetts WIOA State Plan website to access to online comment form.  Comments and attachments can also be sent to

Questions: Contact (617) 626-6607 or (617) 626-5691 or

Author: SkillWorks

SkillWorks is a nationally recognized workforce funder collaborative, launched by the Boston Foundation in 2003 to improve workforce development in Boston and across Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of: 1) Helping low-skill, low-income individuals attain family-supporting jobs; and 2) Helping employers find and retain skilled employees.

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