One of the most important features of the one-stop career center system is the network of support services and the focus on career advancement opportunities it provides to low-income individuals.

American Job Centers (AJCs), in strengthening the one-stop system and the workforce services it delivers, offer data-driven career and training services to low-income job seekers, youth, and workers.

Opportunities for Serving the Low-Income

In September 2014, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) released their "game plan for low-income people."  

Titled "New Opportunities to Improve Economic and Career Success for Low-Income Youth and Adults," this brief provides a summary of important provisions in the Workforce Investment Opportunities Act (WIOA) and explains why change is needed for low-income youth and adult populations.

This summary of key provisions focuses on opportunities to improve services in select WIOA core programs, such as:

  • career planning to prepare low-income adults, youth, and dislocated workers for employment and to help them continue to build skills once they are employed; and
  • demand-driven adult education and literacy funding, including English language services.  

This report also provides a chart of new WIOA provisions that create opportunities for success for low income workers.

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Multi-Generational Poverty

Breaking the cycle of poverty from one generation to the next requires investment in human capital.  To create pathways out of poverty for low-income individuals, basic education, skill remediation, work experience and occupational training are all needed.

Improving career success for low-income individuals and public assistance recipients translates into self-sufficient wages, and a boost to the community's overall prosperity.  In fact, it is usually one strategy among many for a region's economic development plan.

For data sources to assist in data-driven career planning information, please see Labor Market Data Sources for Targeting Services to Special Populations.