Issues that affect program planning, operations, and implementation within the workforce development community can be drivers for partners to identify effective solutions to their common problems. Collaboration across different organizations often results in better outcomes for service providers and their clients. 

The following resources, curated in the Workforce System Strategies community, present best practices and identify key strategies for workforce professionals on effective partnerships with community-based organizations, community colleges, non-profit entities, and other organizations.

California Nonprofits and the Public Workforce System: How CBOs Can Make Their Voices Heard in the WIOA Planning Process

An equitable, inclusive, and effective workforce system requires broad participation from all stakeholders and community-based organizations (CBOs). This guide supports CBOs in how to participate in the local decision-making and planning process of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) workforce system stakeholders. Read about the success stories of California CBOs.

Findings from the Accelerating Opportunity Evaluation

The Accelerating Opportunity (AO) initiative aims to support states and local programs in designing programs that help adults with lower basic skills earn industry recognized credentials, obtain well-paying jobs, and enter rewarding careers or additional postsecondary education or training. The AO model empowers states to drive change across their community college, workforce development, and adult education systems to better serve adults through an integrated career pathways approach. Find out more about the lessons learned in this evaluation report of the AO initiative.