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Education Final 09-15-11 -   1.5.a - Historical Training Participation

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Education Final 09-15-11
1. Access and Enrollment
2. Student Accomplishment
3. Student and Economic Outcomes
Action Plan
1.5.a - Enrollment in WIA Training
How many WIA participants have been enrolled in training historically?
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Data Notes
Data Source: SKIES Database; USDOL funding allocation; ESD WorkSource Standards & Integration Division,
Measure Definition: The WIA participants in training measure includes those who are in WIA-funded training, those who are in training funded through a WDC-administered funding source (such as 5809 state funds) and those in training funded completely outside of WIA (such as a Pell grant).
Target Rationale: There is no target for this measure because it is not one of the federal measures that drives WIA performance.
Link to Agency Strategic Plan: Goal 2, Objective A: Advance a unified and integrated system that promotes economic development by educating and training Washington's workers for skills that are in demand in the workplace.
Relevance: Training is a critical component of the workforce system that ESD strives to strengthen through state leadership and community partnership.
Notes: (Optional) The Workforce Investment Act allows local areas to determine the best use of funds within a range of options, including training.
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Action Plan: No
Extended Analysis: No

 Drill Down Measures

 Summary Analysis

  • Total participation in the WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker program, and in training, is closely tied to funding. WIA funding had declined steadily since 2002 until it spiked in FY 2010 due to the infusion of Recovery Act dollars, which had to be spent by June 30, 2011. The decrease in participation in FY 2011 is reflected in the decrease in funding.
  • The percent of WIA participants who are in training was at a high of 76 percent in FY 2002, primarily due to Boeing layoffs. It declined to a low of 48 percent in FY 2009, and then increased to 57 percent in FY 2010 due to an increase in program funding. For the past year, around 50 percent of WIA participants were in training.
  • Cost per student is higher for contracted group training than for students with independent training accounts because there are costs associated with developing a new class that are not captured in tuition payments.  
  • WIA participants not in training are generally looking for a job. WIA provides them with support services including career counseling, childcare, transportation, and housing funds.