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Ohio's Combined State Plan: Better Coordination. Improved Delivery Of Service. Superior Results.

In 2014, Ohio worked with local providers and workforce stakeholders and voluntarily submitted a single, unified plan to the federal government for four separate workforce programs; Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE), Senior Community Service Employment Program and Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins).  For the first time, these programs became aligned under one unified strategy, helping to better connect businesses with qualified workers.

We are pleased to build upon the success of the first unified plan as Ohio works to implement the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  Under WIOA, all states are required to submit a combined workforce plan by March 2016.  The plan is required to align several of the state’s largest workforce programs, including those currently a part of Ohio’s unified state plan, as well as additional partners such as Wagner-Peyser—which funds a variety of employment services—and the state’s vocational rehabilitation partner—Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities.

With these programs, in addition to others, Ohio’s combined workforce plan will improve outcomes for students, adults and employers by better coordinating local workforce administrators, caseworkers and K-12 educators.   The combined plan will:

  • Help more Ohioans compete for quality jobs that pay a family-sustaining wage and lead to career advancement;
  • Remove barriers to education and employment for individuals
  • Help Ohio employers find the talent they need to succeed and grow; and
  • Provide effective and efficient job training aligned to in-demand occupations and employer needs resulting in workplace-valued credentials.

Having developed a unified state workforce plan in 2014, Ohio is uniquely positioned to be a nationwide leader in this effort.  To view the 2014 State Unified Plan and fact sheet, click here.

To view a list of the programs included in the 2016 State Combined Plan, click here

To view the 2015 fact sheet, click here.

Final 2016 Combined State Plan

To view the 2016 Combined State Plan, click here.

Regional Hearings: 2016 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan

Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Governor of each state must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the U.S. Secretary of Labor (USDOL) that outlines a four-year workforce development strategy for the state’s workforce development system. The four-year plans take effect July 1, 2016, and will be submitted by April 1, 2016. 

With a common-sense approach and a business-centric focus, Ohio is making important reforms to the workforce system. These reforms will help businesses find the workers they need and help workers find good careers, earn sustainable wages and support their families. In partnership with local providers and stakeholders, the state of Ohio has made much progress toward achieving these reforms.

The 2016 Combined State Plan details the state’s successes and vision for Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth (WIOA Title I), Adult Education and Family Literacy (Title II), Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education, and Senior Community Service Employment. The 2016 Combined Plan adds reforms to Wagner-Peyser (Title III), Vocational Rehabilitation (Title IV), and Jobs for Veterans State Grant. 

The 2016 Combined State Plan public hearings including dates, times and locations are listed below. Stakeholders had an opportunity to comment in person at one of five regional hearings. All stakeholders registered to comment were required to arrive and sign in within the first 30 minutes of the start of the hearing. 


Date and Time


Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m

Terra State Community College - Ronald L. Neeley Conference and Hospitality Center

2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont, OH 43420

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Tallmadge High School - Theater/Auditorium

140 North Munroe Road, Tallmadge, Ohio 44278


Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


Eastland Career Center - Multipurpose Room

4465 S. Hamilton Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


Great Oaks Institute of Technology - Scarlet Campus, International Resource Center (IRC) Room

3254 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Shawnee State University - Sodexo Ballroom -University Center

940 2nd Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662