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As the Local Workforce Development Board, Workforce Connections (WC) convenes the public workforce
development system in Southern Nevada.

WC connects employers to a ready workforce through the One-Stop Delivery System, a network of One-Stop Career Centers that provide education, training and employment services to businesses and individuals.

The One-Stop Delivery System brings together seventeen federal employment and training funding streams. In addition to convening the system partners, WC directly administers one of the seventeen funding streams.

There are three distinct bodies that facilitate the functions of Workforce Connections. This onboarding tool will familiarize you with all three.

Let's review the responsibilities
of these bodies one by one.

Let's start with the LEOs.


Local Elected Officials Consortium
(LEOs)

Local Workforce Development Board
(LWDB)

Board Staff
(Workforce Connections Personnel)

 

Local area designation

A local workforce development area is designated by the Governor. It can comprise one or multiple cities and/or counties, even an entire state. The area population, unemployment levels and other factors determine the funding levels for that area. The initial local area designations required by the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) have been completed. LEOs could submit a written request to the governor if they wanted to change their existing designation status (e.g., merge with another area, split from another area, etc.).

QUESTION:

How many counties are there in our Southern Nevada Workforce Development Area?

CORRECT!

B. 4 is the correct answer!

There are 4 counties in the Southern Nevada Workforce Development Area: Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln and Nye. The LEO Consortium is comprised of one commissioner from each county and one council member from each of the four major cities in the area: Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City.


Varlin Higbee
LEO Consortium Chair

Commissioner
Lincoln County

Scott Black
LEO Consortium Vice Chair

Mayor Pro Tem
City of North Las Vegas

William McCurdy II

Commissioner
Clark County

Olivia Diaz
Vice Chair-Elect

Councilwoman
City of Las Vegas

Leo Blundo

Commissioner
Nye County

De Winsor

Commissioner
Esmeralda County

Judith Hoskins

Councilwoman
Boulder City

Michelle Romero

Councilwoman
City of Henderson

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: B. 4

There are 4 counties in the Southern Nevada Workforce Development Area: Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln and Nye. The LEO Consortium is comprised of one commissioner from each county and one council member from each of the four major cities in the area: Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City.


Varlin Higbee
LEO Consortium Chair

Commissioner
Lincoln County

Scott Black
LEO Consortium Vice Chair

Mayor Pro Tem
City of North Las Vegas

William McCurdy II

Commissioner
Clark County

Olivia Diaz
Vice Chair-Elect

Councilwoman
City of Las Vegas

Leo Blundo

Commissioner
Nye County

De Winsor

Commissioner
Esmeralda County

Judith Hoskins

Councilwoman
Boulder City

Michelle Romero

Councilwoman
City of Henderson







Here's the first big take-away.


QUESTION:

Which municipality holds the highest liability for WIOA funds?

CORRECT!

C. Clark County is the correct answer!

Clark County holds the highest liability for WIOA funds, at approximately 43%. The others are as follows:

  • Las Vegas: 30%
  • Henderson: 13%
  • North Las Vegas: 11%
  • Nye County: 2%
  • Boulder City: 1%
  • Esmeralda County: <1%
  • Lincoln County: <1%

SORRY!

C. Clark County is the correct answer!

Clark County holds the highest liability for WIOA funds, at approximately 43%. The others are as follows:

  • Las Vegas: 30%
  • Henderson: 13%
  • North Las Vegas: 11%
  • Nye County: 2%
  • Boulder City: 1%
  • Esmeralda County: <1%
  • Lincoln County: <1%

Exercise fiduciary responsibility for the federal funds

The LEOs exercise fiduciary responsibility for the federal funds allocated by the Governor’s Workforce Development Board (GWDB). These funds are awarded based on a federally-defined formula. The formula considers multiple variables including: population, unemployment, etc. The LEOs have granted administrative authority of these funds to the LWDB (Workforce Connections). The current annual federal allocation is approximately $20 Million. An additional $5 Million is carried over for possible sequestration in the first quarter, making the total annual budget, approximately $25 Million.

QUESTION:

Approximately, how much money does the LWDB (Workforce Connections) administer each year?

CORRECT!

C. $25 Million is the correct answer!

Annual budget amounts vary depending on federal allocations. No matter the amount, LEOs will review and approve the budget of the LWDB.

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: C. $25 Million

Annual budget amounts vary depending on federal allocations. No matter the amount, LEOs will review and approve the budget of the LWDB.

Select a
fiscal agent

The fiscal agent is the entity or organization responsible for managing the federal funding that the local area receives. The LWDB, through the board staff, acts as the fiscal agent and administers the funds.

QUESTION:

Who is the fiscal agent for WIOA Title I funds in the Southern Nevada Workforce Development Area?

CORRECT!

C. LWDB is the correct answer!

The LEO Consortium has designated the LWDB (Workforce Connections) as the fiscal agent for the Southern Nevada Workforce Development Area.

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: C. LWDB

The LEO Consortium has designated the LWDB (Workforce Connections) as the fiscal agent for the Southern Nevada Workforce Development Area.

Support a dynamic IT system

Through LWDB staff, LEOs and the LWDB should work with relevant state entities to build their IT capacity and ensure their IT systems allow information to be collected, shared, and analyzed appropriately and securely. The state management information system (MIS) for WIOA Title I is EmployNV.

QUESTION:

WIOA Title I participants are registered and case managed through the following MIS:

CORRECT!

A. EmployNV is the correct answer!

EmployNV is a customized platform from Geographic Solutions used in our One-Stop centers to register and case manage WIOA participants.

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: A. EmployNV

EmployNV is a customized platform from Geographic Solutions used in our One-Stop centers to register and case manage WIOA participants.

The LEOs create by-laws for
the LWDB

This requirement is intended to place the appointment process for LWDB members squarely on the LEOs. The LEO Consortium has already created the by-laws for Workforce Connections and updates them as necessary.

QUESTION:

The board bylaws clearly define the nomination process for board chair and vice-chair.

CORRECT!

The answer is: True

The board bylaws clearly define the nomination process for board chair and vice-chair. The board chair must be a member from the business sector. The board vice-chair can be a member of the business sector or the public sector.

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: True

The board bylaws clearly define the nomination process for board chair and vice-chair. The board chair must be a member from the business sector. The board vice-chair can be a member of the business sector or the public sector.

QUESTION:

According to WIOA, what should be the minimum representation of business on a LWDB?

CORRECT!

A. Greater than 50% of the total board is the correct answer!

  • More than 50% of members of a LWDB must be representatives of business in the local area.
  • Not less than 20% must be workforce representatives such as labor organizations.
  • The balance of the LWDB membership must include at least one representative from each of the following:

    • A provider administrating Adult Education and Family Literacy (WIOA Title II)
    • An institution of higher education
    • An economic and community development entity
    • The state employment service office under Wagner-Peyser Act (WIOA Title III)
    • Vocational Rehabilitation (WIOA Title IV)

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: A. Greater than 50% of the total board

  • More than 50% of members of a LWDB must be representatives of business in the local area.
  • Not less than 20% must be workforce representatives such as labor organizations.
  • The balance of the LWDB membership must include at least one representative from each of the following:

    • A provider administrating Adult Education and Family Literacy (WIOA Title II)
    • An institution of higher education
    • An economic and community development entity
    • The state employment service office under Wagner-Peyser Act (WIOA Title III)
    • Vocational Rehabilitation (WIOA Title IV)

 

Appoint and evaluate the Executive Director

The LEOs are responsible for the hiring and the direct supervision of the Executive Director of Workforce Connections. The Executive Director is responsible for the hiring and direct supervision of Workforce Connections staff.

QUESTION:

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for hiring and oversight of all Workforce Connections staff. The ED and the staff execute the vision and direction of the LEO Consortium and the LWDB.

CORRECT!

The answer is: True

LWDB staff facilitates the responsibilities of the LEO Consortium and LWDB members.

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: True

LWDB staff facilitates the responsibilities of the LEO Consortium and LWDB members.

Certification of the LWDB

Workforce Connections was originally certified by the governor as the LWDB for southern Nevada. According to WIOA, the recertification process must happen every two years.

Reorganization and decertification are punitive actions that a governor can take to address failed performance, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement. LEOs have an opportunity to express their thoughts and opinions in instances where these punitive actions are being considered.

QUESTION:

According to WIOA, how often must the board recertification process happen?

CORRECT!

B. Every 2 years is the correct answer!

Workforce Connections is certified as the LWDB for the Southern Nevada Workforce Development Area. The area was designated to include the counties of Clark, Lincoln, Esmeralda and Nye and the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City.

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: B. Every 2 years

Workforce Connections is certified as the LWDB for the Southern Nevada Workforce Development Area. The area was designated to include the counties of Clark, Lincoln, Esmeralda and Nye and the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City.

Let's move on to shared responsibilities
of the LEOs and the LWDB.

Local Elected Officials Consortium
(LEOs)

Local Workforce Development Board
(LWDB)

Board Staff
(Workforce Connections Personnel)

Commenting
on the WIOA
State Plan

WIOA requires each state to develop a plan every four years. Updates to the State Plan are due every two years. The State Plan must address the requirements of WIOA. This is an opportunity for the LEOs and the LWDB to provide their input on those portions of the State Plan that will impact the One-Stop Delivery System (OSDS) in southern Nevada. Workforce Connections staff facilitates this process for the LEOs and the LWDB.

QUESTION:

According to WIOA, how often does Nevada need to submit a new State Plan?

CORRECT!

C. Every 4 years is the correct answer!

According to WIOA, a new State Plan is due every four years. The State Plan must be reviewed and updated every two years to reflect changes in the economy and local needs.

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: C. Every 4 years

According to WIOA, a new State Plan is due every four years. The State Plan must be reviewed and updated every two years to reflect changes in the economy and local needs.

Developing the local four-year plan

After the State Plan is approved, a local plan must be developed consistent with the State Plan. The local plan is the road map that spells out how the resources allocated to the local OSDS will be invested in order to meet WIOA objectives. The local plan must be reviewed and updated every two years to reflect changes in the economy and local needs. The local plan must be approved by the state.

QUESTION:

Who needs to approve our local plan?

CORRECT!

C. The state is the correct answer!

The local plan needs approval at the state level. LWDB staff writes the local plan with input as appropriate from members of the LEO Consortium and the LWDB.

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: C. The state

The local plan needs approval at the state level. LWDB staff writes the local plan with input as appropriate from members of the LEO Consortium and the LWDB.

Setting vision and direction for the local area

The LEOs and the LWDB set the vision and direction for the local workforce development area (LWDA). They ensure Workforce Connections’ strategic goals and policies are in line with local needs. They set the strategic direction for using WIOA funding to serve the targeted populations. The LEOs and LWDB determine what matters come before them and what is handled by LWDB staff. Matters that come before the LWDB and/or the LEOs, appear on an agenda for approval at a publicly noticed meeting. These meetings are held to assess progress and provide direction to LWDB staff.

QUESTION:

Choose what you think are the top strategic initiatives for our area?

CORRECT!

D. All of the above is the correct answer!

Besides system integration, leveraging of different funding streams and serving the underemployed, Workforce Connections has a variety of additional strategic initiatives, among them:



  • Targeting alternative labor pools (re-entry, vets, people with disabilities, youth 18-24)
  • Pre-apprenticeships (traditional and non-traditional)
  • Partnerships outside of WIOA

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: D. All of the above

Besides system integration, leveraging of different funding streams and serving the underemployed, Workforce Connections has a variety of additional strategic initiatives, among them:



  • Targeting alternative labor pools (re-entry, vets, people with disabilities, youth 18-24)
  • Pre-apprenticeships (traditional and non-traditional)
  • Partnerships outside of WIOA

Approving the LWDB budget

The LEOs and the LWDB have the joint responsibility of approving the budget necessary to support board operations and community resource allocations. In addition to approving how federal funds will be spent, WIOA requires joint responsibility of approving the use of non-federal funds. Utilizing board staff, the LEOs and the LWDB are called to leverage additional local resources and to solicit and accept grants and donations from non-federal sources.

QUESTION:

What is the maximum percentage of the total budget that the LEO Consortium has authorized to be spent on board operations?

CORRECT!

B. 25% is the correct answer!

The board operations budget includes board staff, professional services, facilities, utilities, technology, conferences, training, travel for LEOs, LWDB, etc.

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: B. 25%

The board operations budget includes board staff, professional services, facilities, utilities, technology, conferences, training, travel for LEOs, LWDB, etc.

Assisting governor’s
efforts in reaction
to a natural disaster

In the event of a natural disaster or when a governor declares a state of emergency, WIOA funds can be allocated to help the affected areas recover from the disaster. In many cases, there is a role for the workforce delivery system in these recovery efforts. For example, the allocation of additional funds to increase training of an in-demand occupation.

Convening the 17 one-stop partners

WIOA identifies those mandated programs and funding streams that must participate in the OSDS. These programs are referred to as the mandated/required partners. Often other organizations want to be included. All non-required partners must be approved by the LEOs and the LWDB. The one-stop partners must enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the LWDB regarding the deployment of their services through the OSDS and their support of the infrastructure. Non-required partners must be willing to participate in the one-stop MOU. Public libraries in southern Nevada have done so. The LWDB directly administers only the WIOA Title I funds.

QUESTION:

In southern Nevada, the public libraries are an example of a non-required partner that has voluntarily entered into a MOU with the LWDB to participate in the OSDS.

CORRECT!

A. True is the correct answer!

The public library systems of Las Vegas Clark County, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Boulder City have signed an MOU with the LWDB to participate in the OSDS.

The 17 one-stop partners administer approximately $120 million of employment and training funds, delivered through the One-Stop Delivery System.

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: A. True

The public library systems of Las Vegas Clark County, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Boulder City have signed an MOU with the LWDB to participate in the One-Stop Delivery System.

The 17 one-stop partners administer approximately $120 million of employment and training funds, delivered through the One-Stop Delivery System.

Negotiating performance indicators

There are six federal adult/dislocated worker and six federal youth WIOA performance indicators. The numerical standards that must be attained are negotiated first between the Department of Labor and the state and then between the state and the LWDBs. These negotiations are executed every two years by the board staff on behalf of the LEOs and LWDB. There is an option to renegotiate in the middle of the two-year term. They are based on the economic conditions and individuals served in the local area. Failure to meet performance indicators after two consecutive years may lead to punitive action.

QUESTION:

Performance indicators are negotiated:

CORRECT!

C. Every 2 years, with an option to renegotiate in mid-term is the correct answer!

Workforce Connections has consistently and successfully met the negotiated performance indicators.

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: C. Every 2 years, with an option to renegotiate in mid-term

Workforce Connections has consistently and successfully met the negotiated performance indicators.

Assuring effective
oversight of the OSDS

The LWDB and LEOs are responsible for assuring effective program and fiscal oversight of the OSDS, executed on their behalf by LWDB staff. This is one of their most important shared responsibilities. Every three years, LWDB staff assesses program effectiveness and physical accessibility of the OSDS. They use continuous improvement principles developed by the state in conjunction with stipulated local criteria. While the assessment must occur every three years, it is expected that the LWDB and LEOs, through board staff, review and update local continuous improvement criteria every two years as part of the local plan modification process. One-Stop centers have to meet state and local certification criteria in order to receive contributions from core partners to fund infrastructure.

QUESTION:

What aspects of the OSDS are required to be assessed at least every three years?

CORRECT!

D. All of the above is the correct answer!

Board staff, on behalf of the LEOs and LWDB, drives continuous improvement of the OSDS in:

 

  • State and local certification criteria
  • Program effectiveness
  • Physical accessibility

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: D. All of the above

Board staff, on behalf of the LEOs and LWDB, drives continuous improvement of the OSDS in:

 

  • State and local certification criteria
  • Program effectiveness
  • Physical accessibility

Now let's move on to the responsibilities of the LWDB.

Local Elected Officials Consortium
(LEOs)

Local Workforce Development Board
(LWDB)

Board Staff
(Workforce Connections Personnel)

The LWDB:

  • Elects a chair and vice chair for the board
  • Creates board standing committees, and:

    • Each committee elects its own chair and vice chair
    • Assures the chair of each committee is a board member
    • Directs committee activities

QUESTION:

Can a non-board member sit on a committee?

CORRECT!

Yes is the correct answer!

A non-board member can sit on any Committee except the Executive Committee, which is restricted to only board members and LEOs. A non-board member cannot be the chair of a committee but could be the vice chair.

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: Yes

A non-board member can sit on any Committee except the Executive Committee, which is restricted to only board members and LEOs. A non-board member cannot be the chair of a committee but could be the vice chair.

Board staff facilitates the following functions for the LWDB:

Analyze

Analyze local economic conditions

Engage

Lead employer engagement with other WIOA partners

Help the governor

Help the governor develop, collect, analyze, and use statewide Wagner-Peyser labor market information

Convene

Convene the 17 required one-stop partners

Lead

Lead efforts to develop and implement career pathways with secondary and post-secondary education partners

Strategize

Lead efforts to identify and promote strategies to meet the needs of employers, workers and jobseekers

The LWDB convenes the OSDS

On behalf of the LWDB, Board staff executes the OSDS MOU between the 17 required one-stop partners to identify their contributions to the one-stop infrastructure and the services the partners will deliver through the OSDS. The MOU facilitates integration of intake and case management systems, access to one-stop services, and the development of strategies to take advantage of technology advances.

QUESTION:

How many required partners must enter the WIOA system MOU?

CORRECT!

B. 17 is the correct answer!

The 17 required one-stop partners are:

  • 1. Title I Adult, Dislocated Worker (ADW) and Youth
  • 2. Title II Adult Education and Family Literacy
  • 3. Title III Wagner-Peyser
  • 4. Title IV Vocational Rehabilitation
  • 5. YouthBuild
  • 6. Unemployment Insurance (UI)
  • 7. Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
  • 8. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • 9. Jobs for Veterans
  • 10. Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
  • 11. Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • 12. Second Chance Act
  • 13. Job Corps
  • 14. Migrant Seasonal Farm Workers
  • 15. Native American Programs
  • 16. Post Secondary Career Technical Education (CTE)
  • 17. Community Service Block Grant (CSBG)

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: B. 17

The 17 required one-stop partners are:

  • 1. Title I Adult, Dislocated Worker (ADW) and Youth
  • 2. Title II Adult Education and Family Literacy
  • 3. Title III Wagner-Peyser
  • 4. Title IV Vocational Rehabilitation
  • 5. YouthBuild
  • 6. Unemployment Insurance (UI)
  • 7. Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
  • 8. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • 9. Jobs for Veterans
  • 10. Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
  • 11. Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • 12. Second Chance Act
  • 13. Job Corps
  • 14. Migrant Seasonal Farm Workers
  • 15. Native American Programs
  • 16. Post Secondary Career Technical Education (CTE)
  • 17. Community Service Block Grant (CSBG)

The LWDB selects WIOA Title I service providers

The LWDB selects Title I service providers and the One-Stop operator through a competitive procurement process. Board staff, on behalf of the LWDB, facilitates the entire process for the selection including: community outreach, informational workshops, official announcements, request for proposals, mandatory bidders conference, evaluation and recommendations to the board.

The LWDB also terminates contracts

In addition to selecting and awarding contracts to WIOA Title I service providers and the One-Stop operator, through a competitive procurement process, the LWDB can terminate contracts with providers for poor performance or a change in strategic direction.

To facilitate the responsibilities of the LWDB, the Board ED directs Board staff to:

  • Work with the state to ensure there are sufficient numbers and types of career services and training providers
  • Ensure customer choice in the selection of a training provider from the approved Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL)
  • Approve eligible training providers and assist the state with the vetting process for determining, renewing, and terminating the eligibility of training providers
  • Review WIOA Title II Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) provider applications to assure they are consistent with the local plan
  • Implement cooperative agreements between the LWDB and one-stop partners to enhance services for jobseekers, workers, and employers

QUESTION:

Which of the following is a responsibility of the LWDB?

CORRECT!

D. All of the above

The LWDB utilizes Board staff to execute these responsibilities:

 

  • Convene the OSDS
  • Execute the WIOA system MOU between the 17 required one-stop partners
  • Select Title I service providers

 

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: D. All of the above

The LWDB utilizes Board staff to execute these responsibilities:

 

  • Convene the OSDS
  • Execute the WIOA system MOU between the 17 required one-stop partners
  • Select Title I service providers

 

Lastly, let's review the responsibilities of Board Staff.

Local Elected Officials Consortium
(LEOs)

Local Workforce Development Board
(LWDB)

Board Staff
(Workforce Connections Personnel)

Responsibilities of the
Board Staff (Workforce Connections Personnel)

  • Executing the convening of the local OSDS on behalf of the LWDB and LEOs
  • Procuring One-Stop operator and WIOA Title I service provider contracts (Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth)
  • Administering all sub-recipient contracts
  • Providing technical assistance to One-Stop operator and WIOA Title I service providers
  • Conducting programmatic and fiscal monitoring of One-Stop operator and WIOA Title I service providers

Responsibilities of the
Board Staff (Workforce Connections Personnel)

  • Preparing programmatic and fiscal audit findings for One-Stop operator and WIOA Title I service provider contracts
  • Ensuring sustained fiscal integrity and accountability for expenditures of funds in accordance with WIOA and its corresponding federal regulations and state policies
  • Ensuring an independent audit of all employment and training programs
  • Maintaining proper accounting records and adequate documentation
  • Responding to state and federal programmatic and fiscal audit findings

QUESTION:

At the direction of the ED, Board staff (Workforce Connections personnel) facilitates the responsibilities of the LEOs and LWDB.

CORRECT!

True is the correct answer!

The LEOs and LWDB assign staff direction through the Workforce Connections Executive Director

SORRY!

But the correct answer is: True

The LEOs and LWDB assign staff direction through the Workforce Connections Executive Director

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If you only remember one thing, this is the biggest take-away.

 

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