Article 3. One-stop Career Center System of California Unemployment Insurance Code >> Division 7. >> Chapter 4. >> Article 3.

(a) It is the intent of the Legislature that:
  (1) California deliver comprehensive workforce services to jobseekers, students, and employers through a system of one-stop career centers.
  (2) Services and resources target high-wage industry sectors with career advancement opportunities.
  (3) Universal access to career services shall be available to adult residents regardless of income, education, employment barriers, or other eligibility requirements. Career services shall include, but not be limited to:
  (A) Outreach, intake, and orientation to services available through the one-stop delivery system.
  (B) Initial assessment of skill levels, aptitudes, abilities, and supportive service needs.
  (C) Job search and placement assistance.
  (D) Career counseling, where appropriate.
  (E) Provision of labor market information.
  (F) Provision of program performance and cost information on eligible providers of training services and local area performance measures.
  (G) Provision of information on supportive services in the local area.
  (H) Provision of information on the filing of claims for unemployment compensation benefits and unemployment compensation disability benefits.
  (I) Assistance in establishing eligibility for welfare-to-work activities pursuant to Section 11325.8 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, and financial aid assistance.
  (J) Comprehensive and specialized assessments of skill levels and service needs, including learning disability screening.
  (K) Development of individual employment plans.
  (L) Counseling.
  (M) Career planning.
  (N) Short-term prevocational services to prepare an individual for training or employment.
  (4) State and federally funded workforce education, training, and employment programs shall be integrated in the one-stop delivery system to achieve universal access to the career services described in paragraph (3).
  (5) Training services shall be made available to individuals who have met the requirements for career services, have been unable to obtain or retain employment through career services, are in need of training services to obtain or retain employment that leads to economic self-sufficiency or wages comparable to, or higher than, wages from previous employment, have the skills and qualifications to successfully participate in the training, and have selected a program of services directly linked to occupations in demand in the local or regional area. Training services may include:
  (A) Occupational skill training including training for nontraditional employment.
  (B) On-the-job training.
  (C) Programs that combine workplace training with related instruction.
  (D) Training programs operated by the private sector.
  (E) Skill upgrading and retraining.
  (F) Entrepreneurial training.
  (G) Incumbent worker training, in accordance with Section 134(d) (4) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  (H) Transitional jobs, in accordance with Section 134(d)(5) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  (I) Job readiness training, provided in combination with any service under subparagraphs (A) to (H), inclusive.
  (J) Adult education and literacy activities, including vocational English as a second language, provided in combination with subparagraphs (A) through (G), inclusive.
  (K) Customized training conducted by an employer or a group of employers or a labor-management training partnership with a commitment to employ an individual upon completion of the training.
  (6) As prescribed in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, adult recipients of public assistance, other low-income adults, and individuals who are basic skills deficient shall be given priority for training services and career services described in Section 134(d) (2)(A)(xii) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  (b) Each local workforce development board shall establish at least one full service one-stop career center in the local workforce development area. Each full service one-stop career center shall have all entities required to be partners in Section 3151 of Title 29 of the United States Code as partners and shall provide jobseekers with integrated employment, education, training, and job search services. Additionally, employers will be provided with access to comprehensive career and labor market information, job placement, economic development information, performance and program information on service providers, and other such services as the businesses in the community may require.
  (c) Local boards may also establish affiliated and specialized centers, as defined in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, which shall act as portals into the larger local one-stop system, but are not required to have all of the partners specified for full service one-stop centers.
  (d) Each local board shall develop a policy for identifying individuals who, because of their skills or experience, should be referred immediately to training services. To the extent permitted under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, this policy, along with the methods for referral of individuals between the one-stop operators and the one-stop partners for appropriate services and activities, shall be contained in the memorandum of understanding between the local board and the one-stop partners.
  (e) The California Workforce Development Board and each local board shall ensure that programs and services funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 and directed to apprenticeable occupations, including preapprenticeship training, are conducted, to the maximum extent feasible, in coordination with one or more apprenticeship programs approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards for the occupation and geographic area. The California Workforce Development Board and each local board shall also develop a policy of fostering collaboration between community colleges and approved apprenticeship programs in the geographic area to provide preapprenticeship training, apprenticeship training, and continuing education in apprenticeable occupations through the approved apprenticeship programs.
  (f) In light of California's diverse population, each one-stop career center should have the capacity to provide the appropriate services to the full range of languages and cultures represented in the community served by the one-stop career center.
For purposes of this division and any laws governing workforce development programs, and to the extent permitted under Chapter 32 of Title 29 of the United States Code and any related regulations, entrance into a registered apprenticeship program shall be considered placement into a job.
(a) The local providers of the following programs or activities shall be required partners in the local one-stop system:
  (1) Programs authorized under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  (2) Programs authorized under the Wagner-Peyser Act (29 U.S.C. Sec. 49 et seq.).
  (3) Adult education and literacy activities authorized under Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  (4) Programs authorized under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 720 et seq.) other than Section 112 or Part C of the act (29 U.S.C. Sec. 732 and 741).
  (5) Activities authorized under Title V of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 3056 et seq.).
  (6) Career and technical education programs at the postsecondary level authorized under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. Sec. 2301 et seq.).
  (7) Activities authorized under Chapter 2 of Title II of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. Sec. 2271 et seq.).
  (8) Activities authorized under Chapter 41 (commencing with Section 4100) of Title 38 of the United States Code.
  (9) Employment and training activities carried out under the Community Services Block Grant Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 9901 et seq.).
  (10) Employment and training activities carried out by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  (11) Programs authorized by this code, in accordance with applicable federal law.
  (12) Programs authorized under Section 212 of the Second Chance Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 17532).
  (13) Programs authorized under Part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 601 et seq.).
  (b) Community-based organizations that provide career services as described in subparagraphs (J) to (N), inclusive, of paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 14230, shall be encouraged to be one-stop partners.
In conformity with the requirements of Section 3151 of Title 29 of the United States Code, and all applicable state and federal laws and regulations, the local board, with the agreement of the chief local elected official for the local area, shall develop and enter into a memorandum of understanding with the local one-stop partners, designate, certify, and terminate one-stop operators, and conduct oversight over the local one-stop delivery system.
One-stop career center operators shall recognize and comply with applicable labor agreements affecting employees of one-stop career centers, including the right to access by labor representatives pursuant to the Ralph C. Dills Act (Chapter 10.3 (commencing with Section 3512) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code).
In order to avoid a conflict of interest, operators of one-stop career centers that issue vouchers shall not be the recipient of vouchers issued by their center without the approval of the chief local elected official and the state board in instances when there are no other potential one-stop partners in the local area.
To the full extent permitted by federal law, required by federal law, or both, the Employment Development Department shall utilize its Wagner-Peyser funded activities and programs to support local one-stop career centers.