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Save the date: 2.2 billion reasons libraries should care about WIOA

Photo by  Dafne Cholet via flickr.
Photo by Dafne Cholet
via flickr.

On October 27, 2014, the American Library Association will join the Department of Education and the Department of Labor in hosting “$2.2 Billion Reasons to Pay Attention to WIOA,” an interactive webinar that will explore ways that public and community college libraries can receive funding for employment skills training and job search assistance from the recently-passed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. Registration for the event will open Monday, Oct 20, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. CDT. Space is limited.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act allows public and community colleges to be considered additional One-Stop partners and authorizes adult education and literacy activities provided by public and community college libraries as an allowable statewide employment and training activity. Additionally, the law defines digital literacy skills as a workforce preparation activity.

Speakers include:

  • Susan Hildreth, director, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, team leader, Applied Innovation and Improvement, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Kimberly Vitelli, chief of Division of National Programs, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

Registration for the event will open Monday, Oct 20, 2014 [Register now]. Subscribe to the District Dispatch, ALA’s policy blog, to be reminded when registration for the webinar opens.

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Emily Sheketoff

Emily Sheketoff is the former Associate Executive Director of the American Library Association's Washington Office.


  1. What is the link for this webinar?

  2. Natalie Ruppert Natalie Ruppert

    Am I missing something? What is the time of the webinar on October 27th?

  3. Natalie, the webinar will take place October 27, 2014, from 2:00-3:00p.m. EDT. This blog post was written only to inform readers that registration for the WIOA webinar opens on October 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. CDT. We’re giving advance warning of the registration date because we expect interest in the webinar to be high. Thanks!

  4. Jennifer, we will share the registration link for the WIOA webinar when the registration period opens on October 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. CDT (we’ll share the registration link on the District Dispatch).

  5. Arnie Maurins Arnie Maurins

    It’s now 9:15 PDT which is 11:15 CDT and I do not see a registration link yet.

  6. Heather Heather

    I registered but we experienced a scheduling issue and I was not able to attend. Will this be archived and available for later viewing? Thanks

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