We've got national presenters, state specialists and local practitioners presenting information on all things WIOA over a two-day period.

Sessions will appear below as they are confirmed.

Questions? Contact Alyson Maas via email or 517-371-1100 x 205.


Session Details:

Opening Session - WIOA Final Regulations Overview

Federal panelists will provide a firsthand perspective on WIOA rules and regulations.

Hear from top leadership on this DOL-led conversation and get candid updates on the state of WIOA.

Presented by: 

  • Christine Quinn, Regional Administrator U.S. Dept of Labor/ETA
  • Gerri Fiala, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration
  • Janet LaBreck, Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Dept of Education
  • Tom Schindler, Interim Region 5 Program Manager, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families
  • Rebekah Moak, Education Program Specialist, U.S. Dept. of Education


General Session - Data Collection and Performance Measures

Join us to get your most pressing questions answered: 

  • What are measurements and when do they go into effect?
  • What data will be collected? 
  • What are you responsible for collecting? 
  • What will have to be reported?
  • What is the definition of the measurement? Exit cohorts?

Presented by: 

  • Karen Staha, Director, Division of Strategic Planning and Performance, U.S. Dept. of Labor/ETA 


Untangling WIOA Final Regulations

Haven't gotten through your summer reading yet (all 4,043 pages of captivating WIOA final regulations)? 

That's okay! This session is your CliffsNotes to WIOA knowledge.

Join us for an in-depth overview of the regulations. Ask the questions that are still on your mind in an intimate setting.

Presented by:

  • Rosaura Zibert, Regional Director, Office of Special Initiatives and Demonstrations, U.S. Dept. of Labor/ETA


Pay for Performance 

One of the major innovations unveiled in the WIOA is the opportunity for both states and localities to utilize WIOA formula funding for pay for performance activities.  

Learn more about the WIOA pay for performance, what this new opportunity means for states and local workforce areas and how to develop pay for performance strategies.

Presented by: 

  • Thomas C. DiLisio, Regional Grant Officer, Division of Financial Management & Administrative Services, USDOL-ETA Region 5
  • Debbie Galloway, Fiscal Policy Manager, Division of Policy, Review & Resolution Office of Grants Management, USDOL-ETA 


Infrastructure Funding and Administrative Costs

This session will provide the basic guideline of infrastructure funding and partner contributions along with identifying the use of funds for administrative costs.  

Learn how to value in-kind contributions and get answers to infrastructure funding related cost allocation questions.

Presented by: 

  • Thomas C. DiLisio, Regional Grant Officer, Division of Financial Management & Administrative Services, USDOL-ETA Region 5
  • Debbie Galloway, Fiscal Policy Manager, Division of Policy, Review & Resolution Office of Grants Management, USDOL-ETA 


One-Stop Operator

The WIOA emphasizes the procurement of one-stop service providers. Is it more than writing a good request for proposal? WIOA allows the Board to competitively bid to be the one-stop operator. How do they maintain transparency with conflict of interest and performance evaluation?

Presented by: 

  • Thomas C. DiLisio, Regional Grant Officer, Division of Financial Management & Administrative Services, USDOL-ETA Region 5
  • Debbie Galloway, Fiscal Policy Manager, Division of Policy, Review & Resolution Office of Grants Management, USDOL-ETA 


Reinventing Youth Services Under WIOA   

This session will provide a high-level overview of the major WIOA youth changes including procurement and guidance provided in the two WIOA Youth operating guidance letters.  

This session will also focus on the importance of partnering and collaborating across youth-serving systems and provide examples of critical partnerships to pursue.  

Presented by: 

  • Lori Harris, Acting EA, Region V, Employment and Training Administration, U. S. Department of Labor 
  • Janet LaBreck, Rehabilitation services Administration, Office of Special Educational and Rehabilitative Services, U. S. Department of Education (invited)


Women Build: Pre-apprenticeship

This workshop will provide an overview of a unique initiative to develop and pilot a constructions pre-apprenticeship training program targeting low-income and disadvantaged women, including TANF recipients, the recently incarcerated and those who face other barriers to employment. 

The initiative started with a partnership between a community-based non-profit, a local Workforce Investment Board, a county social services agency, Tradeswomen, Inc., and a local Building Trades Council.  

The partnership worked together to pursue a variety of recruitment strategies, design an intake and assessment process, create a women-focused per-apprenticeship curriculum, and design an effective job placement pipeline that leads to union careers in the building trades.   

Learn recruitment strategies and application process, curriculum outline and the placement strategies pursued.  

Highlights include the program development process, with an emphasis on how the partnership came together, the roles of each partner in program development and implementation, and lessons learned.  

Attendees will walk away with ideas for how to build a successful multi-agency partnership to implement a program targeting special populations, as well as ideas for how to successfully serve low-income and disadvantaged women looking to enter non-traditional careers. 
Presented by: 

  • Jameyla Kiswani, Job Placement manager, Rising Sun Energy Center, Berkeley, CA
  • Abigail Leonard, Development Manager, Rising Sun Energy Center, Berkeley, CA


Great Data for Great Decisions 

Data and quality analytics can be an essential piece of the puzzle for workforce planning. 

Whether grant writing, creating a new program, choosing where to invest or creating succession and talent growth plans, high-quality data and research can make or break your project. 

Panelists will share their sources of data and the know-how of their skilled analytics team to advise a diverse set of partners. 

During this session the best practices panel will take you through project examples where high quality data and analysis were game changing to how partners solved workforce problems.

Presented by: 

  • Colby W. Spencer Cesaro, Senior Director, Research & Strategy, Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN)
  • Scott Gest, Research Analyst, Networks Northwest
  • Terry Vandercook, Director of Operations, Northwest Michigan Works!
  • Sarah Lucas, Regional Planning Department Manager, Networks Northwest


Market Relevant Credentials 

Not all credentials have to be degrees or granted by secondary or post-secondary institutions.  

This workshop will highlight alternative credentials, focusing on the development of digital badges, a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest that can be earned in many learning environments, for both credit and non-credit programs.  

Learn how the panelists have used the digital badge to “credential” students that are recruited from a course of study before completion. 

Presented by: 

  • Larry Good, Chair, Co-Founder and Senior Fellow, Corporation for A Skilled Workforce
  • Brenda Perea, Instructional Design Project Manager, Colorado Community College System
  • Kathleen Radionoff, Dean, School of Professional and Continuing Education


Career and Technical Education Role in WIOA 

Career and Technical Education (CTE) can play a critical role for youth and adults in the workforce development system.  Learn how WIOA can provide opportunities for strengthening the connections between workforce boards and CTE programs at the postsecondary level.  

Presented by: 

  • Brittany Lenertz, Regional Service Center Director, West Michigan Works!


Setting the Context:  The Evolution of Career Pathways

Get updates and learn how other local areas have developed career pathways to fill the skill shortage. 

Career pathways are comprehensive education and training systems that provide a clear sequence of coursework and training credentials aligned with employer and industry needs.

They offer a broad solution to meeting the educational and workforce training needs of adult learners while meeting national and regional workforce demands. Many sectors, including the early learning sector, have a great need for a skilled workforce.

A federal joint memorandum was issued outlining the cross-agency commitment to help adults gain marketable skills for the most in-demand jobs. This emphasized the need for states to align resources and funding streams across agencies to enhance collaboration and coordination of efforts. It also outlined six guiding principles DOL uses as the basis for developing a comprehensive career pathway system. 

These principles concern building partnerships, engaging employers, designing education and training programs, identifying funding, aligning policies and programs, and measuring change. 

Presented by:

  • Danielle Waddell, Federal Project Officer for the State of Michigan, USDOL-ETA Region V. 


Integrating Services for Veterans (Title I, II and IV)

Join us for a facilitated discussion on key topic areas impacting services to veterans:  1) colocation of resources; 2) do metrics support desired outcomes?; 3) cross training of all staff; 4) integrated case management systems and co-enrollments; 5) intake, routing, and serving special client groups; 6) universal access (actual and virtual) and creating effective support service networks; 7) serving employers.


  • Stacey Cooper – Confirmed
  • Patricia Mayfield, Deputy Regional Administrator

The Association

The Michigan Works! Association was established in 1987 to provide services and support to Michigan’s workforce development system. Through the association, members can access timely, relevant professional development opportunities and ensure high-quality programs for all customers.

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The System

The Michigan Works! System is the first unified workforce development system in the U.S. and is an integral partner in developing Michigan’s economic future. The system is demand driven, locally responsive, and ready to meet the needs of each community. Every year, the Michigan Works! System serves nearly four million customers.

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History Of Innovation

A visionary process that spanned several decades, covering both Democratic and Republican administrations, culminated in 1996 with the creation of the Michigan Works! System— the first statewide, unified workforce development system in the country. Today, the Michigan Works! System serves as a model to other states and countries and has been emulated based on its widespread and long-standing success.