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Update WIA Title II to Help More Adult Education Students Gain Postsecondary Credentials and Move Up to Better Jobs

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Abstract:

Since passage of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in 1998, itÂ’s become clear both that an increase in basic skills leads to an increase in low-skilled individualsÂ’ earnings and that these earnings increases typically fall short of what people need to become self-sufficient. There is a new consensus on the importance of increasing transitions from adult education to postsecondary education and training. Currently, however, WIA Title II does not reflect this consensus. These recommendations are intended to update Title II to support state and local innovations in this critical area.