Updated Instructions for Provider Submissions

updatedprovider memo


FOR: ITA Providers and DOL Staff


FROM: Executive Director, Delaware Workforce Investment Board


DATE:  May 22, 2017


SUBJECT: Update to Letter of Instruction for Upcoming Submissions dated May 11, 2017 about “Factors Relating Indicator of Performance


References. Federal Register /Vol 81, No. 161/ Friday, August 19 2016, Part VI, Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 20 CFR Parts 603, 651, 652, et al. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; Final Rule, section 680.450 (e) 2.

  1. Purpose. This memo provides updated guidance for the upcoming Provider Renewal/Initial Submission period, which begins on upon receipt of this memo and ends 7 July 2017.
  2. Track Record of Success All providers must a have a demonstrated track record of success. This track record – often called a “factor related to the indicators of performance” – ensures only high quality training programs are funded with federal/state dollars. To be included on the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) providers will meet the following verifiable criteria:
  • Seventy percent of all students in a training program must have completed the program (This is a change from the previous memo).
  1. Initial eligibility. All prospective providers must submit all information required for initial submissions to be added to the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) and qualify for Individual Training Account (ITA) funds. In Accordance With (IAW) 20 CFR part 680450 (a), there are no renewals this year; all submissions are initial submissions, required forms are at https://wib.delawareworks.com/individual-training-account-forms.php. Please review the forms closely.
  2. Demand Occupation List. The DWDB is aligning programs with the state’s Pathways to Prosperity initiative. The DWDB has reworked its Demand Occupation List. We will consider only those programs listed on the Demand Occupation List for ITA funding. Although I have included a copy of the list for your convenience, you can also view the list at https://wib.delawareworks.com/events/documents/propseddemandoccupationlist.pdf. Be advised this list is open for public comment (to comment go to https://wib.delawareworks.com/events/demand-occupation-list-for-public-comment.php and follow the instructions). While minor changes may occur after the public comment period, providers should ensure their submissions align with the list. If your proposed training occupation doesn’t appear on the Demand Occupation List, a provider may want to check with ONET at https://www.onetonline.org/ to see if the occupation is listed by a different title that is on the list.
  3. Flow of the Process. While it may seem initially daunting, the process is pretty straight forward.
  • Providers will complete the ITA forms and submit them to DWDB No Later Than (NLT) 7 July 2017.
  • Providers will enter proposed programs into DJL NLT 7 July. Providers are encouraged to begin immediately.
  • DWDB staff will enter the program information on a spreadsheet NLT 7 JUL 2017
  • DWDB Staff will double check DJL submissions continuously until 7 Jul 2017
  • The Board will approve Providers and Programs on 11 July 2017
  • The DWDB Staff will complete DJL approval of all programs NLT 14 July 2017
  1. Other Important Considerations. It is important to remember only the board and/or executive committee can approve a program and these bodies only meet quarterly. Therefore, if you miss this opportunity, you will have to wait until September or October.
  2. I am the point of contact for this memo at 302-761-8163 or William.Potter@state.de.us


William J. Potter

Executive Director

Delaware Workforce Investment Board


Updated Instructions for Provider Submissions

DDOL Responds To Jobseeker Site Breach

DOL’s JobLink jobseekers website, along with similar sites in nine other states, has been targeted by hackers. While DOL officials have worked with the company managing JobLink to eliminate the threat and secure the site, our efforts to rectify this matter continues. “We are working both closely and diligently with America’s Job Link Alliance to arrange a formal notification of this breach to all those impacted and are in the process of setting up a call center to assist us in remedying this matter,” said, DOL Secretary, Patrice Gilliam-Johnson.





DDOL Responds To Jobseeker Site Breach

Apply For Delaware Workforce Development Board Youth Scholarship

For Immediate Release

Contact: Wanda Holifield



Time is running out for Delaware youth ages 16 to 24 to apply for the Delaware Workforce Development Board (DWDB) Scholarship. Applications must be received at the DWDB office no later than 4 p.m., April 14, 2017.

The DWDB Youth Scholarship provides money for school, seminar, or skill training to help younger Delawareans achieve their career objectives.

“We are trying to help Delaware young people who need just a tad more help,” said William J. Potter, executive director of the DWDB. “This scholarship program was the brainchild of our Youth Council led by its chair George Krupanski.”

The scholarship, which has been in existence for about three years, has made awards twice.

“This scholarship only exists due to the commitment and donations of organizations like Delmarva Power and Junior Achievement of Delaware,” Potter said.

To get a scholarship application, go to http://bit.ly/2nMztq7.


The Delaware Workforce Development Board ensures the citizens of Delaware are provided with occupational training and employment service opportunities to help them achieve employment sustaining them and their families. We also seek to communicate with our business industry partners to provide them with qualified workers to meet their employment needs. The DWIB also has a very active Youth Council that has oversight for programs designed specifically to help Delaware’s at-risk and neediest youth prepare for the workforce.


Apply For Delaware Workforce Development Board Youth Scholarship

Delaware Goal Team Kick To Refine Workforce System

DWDB Chair Gary Stockbridge works with goal team members.

Bill Potter trudged into the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Naamans Rd. in Claymont, Del. on a gray Friday morning to meet facilitators from Maher & Maher, a New Jersey-based outfit specializing in workforce development.


After laying months of groundwork with senior Delaware workforce system leaders to develop a mission statement, a vision statement, and several guiding principles, Friday was show time and Bill was there to coordinate last minute stuff, before the hard work began with goal teams diving in to develop Delaware’s new workforce plan.

Bill and Beth Brinly (a VP at Maher & Maher) and two other Maher& Maher facilitators Todd Coen and Libby Livings-Eassa ordered breakfast and ironed out last minute details before 60 other workforce professionals arrived.

There were only a handful of issues.

The four moved, a little after 8:15 a.m., to the main ballroom set up with round tables and a coffee service along the back wall for everyone as they trickled in. The room, predominantly yellow, was bright and people walking in from the gray morning mist seemed to have their enthusiasm amped as they found a seat.

The Delaware Workforce Development Board (DWDB) management analyst, Wanda Holifield, and the DWDB deputy director, Robing McKinney-Newman distributed supporting documents, name tags, packets, and deconflicted last minute room assignments.

At about 9 a.m. it was off to the races as DWDB Chair Gary Stockbridge and Delaware Department of Labor Secretary Patrice Gillam-Johnson welcomed everyone and reinforce the importance of their undertaking.

Mr. Stockbridge said the people in the room were change agents and empowered to make the workforce system as dynamic and effective as they possibly could. Sec. Gilliam-Johnson said the gathering was truly reflective of the workforce system because providers, employers, One Stop Staff, education reps, and thought leaders from throughout Delaware government were ready to roll up their sleeves and make the workforce system better for employers and citizens.

After the introductions and the obligatory PowerPoint review, people moved to one of five goal teams to begin the work of developing plans in five areas:

  • Pathways
  • Process Redesign
  • Cultural Transformation
  • Resource Alignment
  • RFP Redesign

The goal teams went to separate room and for about two hours the diverse groups met, talked, analyzed, and developed detailed workplans to ensure completion of the big state plan No Later Than 1 April 2017.

At about 11 a.m. the goal teams reconvened in the larger ballroom and presented their next steps. The enormity of the task ahead and the optimism of the completing the project were universal.

When it was all over Bill Potter sat in along a side wall. He stretched his legs, stood up, and then stretched his back and thought of the old Army adage, “All of us know more, than one us.”

This is not an official publication of the Delaware Workforce Development Board.

Delaware Goal Team Kick To Refine Workforce System

Proposal Review RFP Actions

Good Morning Providers and Panelists:

I’m sure you’ve heard there is a chance of snow Sunday evening/Monday morning. Estimates range from a light dusting, to slush, or 3 to 5 inches. With that in mind, we will use decisions made by Delaware’s Office of management and Budget (OMB) regarding delays or cancellations.

Here is what will happen.

Between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Monday I will check with OMB and then relay the information to you via email, twitter, and the DWDB facebook page. The social media handles are at the end of this email.

Here are the three scenarios:

                1. No delays. Everything goes off as planned.

                2. Two hour delay. We will adjust schedules back two hours and everything goes from there. This may require two panels to go beyond 4 p.m. We’ll see.

                3. Snow day Cancelation. I will send emails and doodle schedulers to everyone to determine the best time, place, and method to review proposals. Important note — The DWDB has an internal deadline of 5 April to complete this project. This may require a bit flexibility and creativity. Again, we’ll see.

Social Media handles:

Facebook — Delaware Workforce Development Board

Twitter @Deworkforce


I guess that’s it for now.

Keep up the great work.



Proposal Review RFP Actions

Delaware VETS Award

VETS AWARD (2)  Delaware Department of Labor- Division of Employment (DOL-DET), the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist (DVOPS), and all the One Stop Staff recently received an award for excellence from the US DOL Veterans Employment Training Services (VETS), Philadelphia Region for attaining 100 percent of all negotiated performance levels for 13 of their organizational objectives.

Delaware VETS Award