Public Policy Priorities
The Workforce Solutions Capital Area Workforce Board (the Board) serves as the leadership and governing body for the local workforce development system. The Board sets the strategic direction and policy framework for the workforce development system. The Board also serves as an advocate for workforce issues and needs. As thought leaders, we work in partnership with business, education, labor, economic development, community-based organizations and other community groups to advocate for and support public policies and legislation that impacts workforce development and the health of our region’s economy.
The Board’s Community Engagement Committee (the Committee) monitors, analyzes and responds to public policy and legislative initiatives at the federal, state and local level. The Committee takes the lead in educating the Board and our community partners on current workforce development issues and initiatives. The Committee coordinates expert testimony and provides data and educational materials for hearings and other public policy forums.
By advocating public policy and legislative initiatives, the Board’s intent is to build a pipeline of qualified, skilled workers that meet the needs of regional employers and contribute to the competitiveness of the region’s economy.
Public Policy Priorities for 85th Legislative Session
The Board supports:
1. Early Childhood: Making Quality Full Day Early Childhood Education available to as many children as possible – at the very least to all children who would qualify for Prekindergarten.
2. Youth: Increasing Career Education and Exploration opportunities at elementary and middle school levels, providing opportunities for a broader array of high school instructors/teachers with industry experience, and providing sufficient funding for public schools to hire and provide current professional development information to career development advisors to better assist students with career and high school track planning.
3. Youth: Increasing Dual Credit Study Programs and Certificate Programs for high school and middle school students so they graduate with an associate degree, credit toward a degree, and/or an industry-recognized credential.
4. Adults: Initiatives that provide greater access to Training and Employment Opportunities for Ex-Offenders, including eliminating unnecessary barriers to obtaining occupational licenses required by the State.