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WIA Incentive Grant Activities

July 2007

Missouri Earns Incentive Grant Funds for Innovative Projects

The Department of Labor announced in 2007 Missouri was one of nine states qualified to receive a share of the $16.3 million available for incentive grant awards under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) section 503.

The award funds are contributed by the Department of Education from appropriations for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act. The funds are available for states to use through June 30, 2009, to support innovative workforce development and education activities authorized by the Acts.

In order to qualify for a grant award, a state must have exceeded performance levels agreed to by the Secretaries, Governor, and State Education Officer for outcomes in the WIA Title I, Perkins Act, and AEFLA. States are encouraged to plan activities that promote cooperation and collaboration among the agencies administering WIA Title I, AEFLA and the Perkins Acts. Congress intended for these funds to be used for activities that are innovative, comprehensive and coordinated, and targeted to improving system performance. Missouri will apply its $1,627,297 incentive grant award toward activities in the following areas:

  1. AEL Continuous Program Improvement
  2. Transition to TABE 9/10 and CASAS
  3. Student Achievement in Reading (STAR) Program
  4. ACES Technology Enhancements
  5. Postsecondary Transition/Placement Programs
  6. Supplemental Literacy Program
  7. CASE Model for Agricultural Science Education
  8. Web-based Career Management System Development
  9. Sector Competency Work in Two Targeted Clusters
  10. Work Readiness Preparation and Certification
  11. Regional Capacity Building using WIRED-like Framework
  12. Expand Lifelong Learning Account Demonstration
  13. Career Planning Materials, Outreach and Partnerships
  14. Career and Technical Education Performance/Funding Study
  15. Missouri P-20 Council:  Aligning Education with Economic Development

Activity Summary

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