The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the California Workforce Development Board awarded $1.2 million to four local workforce boards to implement a workforce navigator pilot program to help English Language Learners (ELL) and immigrant workers with career services and support that lead to jobs. The projects funded will better align job training, adult education and support services for individuals with limited English-language proficiency.

This population faces cultural, language and other barriers that limit access and opportunities to complete job training programs. The co-enrollment pilot program will provide case management and referrals to support services that will help immigrants and those with language barriers receive the education and skills training needed for income mobility.

The California Labor & Workforce Development Agency and its partners selected CWA as the technical assistance provider and evaluator for the 4 grantees of the ELL Co-Enrollment Pilot Program:

Verdugo Workforce Development Board (Glendale, CA):
Verdugo ELL Co-Enrollment System (VECES)
  • Verdugo Job Center (VJC)
  • Glendale Community College (GCC)
  • GlendaleLEARNS
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • Hospitality Training Academy (HTA)
  • Glendale Library Arts & Culture (GLAC)
  • LA County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)
  • Catholic Charities of LA (CCLA)
  • Employment Development Department (EDD)
Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County (Tulare, CA):
English Language Learning Co-Enrollment Pilot Program
  • Proteus, Inc. (Proteus)
  • Community Service Employment Training (CSET)
  • Sequoias Adult Education Consortium (SAEC)
  • Employment Development Department (EDD)
  • Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District (COJUSD)
  • Tulare Joint Union High School District (TJUHSD) – Adult Education
  • Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency (TCHHSA)
Los Angeles County Workforce Development (Los Angeles, CA):
Pomona Puente Collaborative
  • LA County Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services (WDACS)
  • Pomona Valley America’s Job Center of California (PVAJCC)
  • Managed Career Solutions, Social Purpose Corporation (MCSSPC)
  • Pomona Hope
  • Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (PEOC)
Richmond Workforce Development Board (Richmond, CA):
Project IMPACTO (Immigrant Participants Accessing Career Training Opportunities)
  • Weigh of Life Multicultural Institute (WLMI), Latina Center
  • West Contra Costa Adult Education (WCCAE), Literacy for Every Adult Program
  • Contra Costa Community College (CCCC)
  • Contra Costa Employment and Human Services Department (CCEHSD), CalFresh/TANF
Technical Assistance and Evaluation Teams

Technical Assistance and Evaluation Lead

California Workforce Association (CWA): CWA brings broad and deep experience training and facilitating partnerships among California’s (CA’s) workforce development boards (WBDs) and other stakeholders serving CA’s immigrant/ELL workforce. CWA provides training on co-enrollment; regional and local planning; interpreting Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requirements, directives, and system partner expectations; MOUs; One Stop Redesign; and other topics that can support awardees in accelerating progress toward grant goals. CWA is currently leading work to transform systems to better serve people with barriers to employment through its work on AB 1111. CWA Project Lead, Ursula Bischoff brings more than 20 years of experience in fostering multi-sector partnerships, and in workforce development programming across WIOA Titles, including recently leading technical assistance (TA) and evaluation for the ELL Workforce Navigator Pilot Program.

Technical Assistance

International Rescue Committee (IRC): IRC serves ~40,000 immigrant and ELL individuals annually in 25 cities across the U.S. Among them are more than 9,000 people accessing workforce development programs including career pathway programming, integrated education and training, vocational ESL, sector-specific, and youth programs. IRC is a contracted WIOA Title I and II provider in multiple communities, bringing in-depth expertise on the challenges and opportunities in serving immigrant and ELL customers in these funding streams. IRC has also implemented and managed successful workforce programs serving WIOA customers enrolled or co-enrolled in TANF, SNAP E&T, and many others. IRC also brings knowledge of relevant data systems and reporting requirements both within and outside of CA. IRC consults with over 20 local WDBs and agencies in over 15 states on WIOA services for immigrants and ELLs, including on effective co-enrollment strategy.


Social Policy Research Associates (SPR): SPR is an Oakland-based small business with a national reputation for insightful qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods evaluations of workforce programs, including many innovative programs, operated at federal, state, and local levels. Decades of experience evaluating and providing technical assistance (TA) around workforce system services gives SPR an intimate knowledge of WIOA, the various tiers of California workforce system plans, the various partners needed to implement workforce system policies, and the ways in which these policies, especially in California, encourage and discourage the inclusion of ELL (and other high-barrier) populations. SPR has lead evaluations on an ELL program n K-12 schools across three school districts in California in addition to CWDB’s Workforce Accelerator Fund, which funds innovative workforce system programming for ELLs and other high barrier populations.

ELL Co-Enrollment Pilot Convening
November 21, 2019
State Building and Construction Trades Council
1231 I St Suite 302, Sacramento, CA 95814


Morning Presentation:

Presentation – Immigrant Integration Policy & Federal Immigration Policy

ELL Co-enrollment Pilot Project Convening Materials:

Handout 1 – Co-Enrollment Designation Handout

Handout 2 – Virtual Coaching Handout

Handout 3 – November Convening Evaluation Form

Lunch Panel Presentations:

Presentation – Lunch Panel Slides

Grantee Presentations:

Presentation 1 – Verdugo Logic Model PP

Presentation 2 – Tulare Logic Model PP

Presentation 3 – Los Angeles Logic Model PP

Presentation 4 – Richmond Logic Model PP

Overview and Registration Instructions

The vision for ELL Co-Enrollment Pilot Convenings is to build the capacity of partnerships to implement high-quality programming, enhance technical knowledge and skills, nurture collaboration, and provide opportunities for dialog between project stakeholders to advance the effectiveness and sustainability of co-enrollment efforts for ELLs. Convenings will offer interactive, engaging dialog and working sessions to help accelerate grantee’s progress toward pilot goals. At least one convening will be held in Southern California.

This first convening will offer opportunities for grantee sites to share presentations on their project goals and program design; receive feedback, assistance and support from other grantees, the TA team and project stakeholders; learn about successful practices that support co-enrollment; and participate in planning TA and evaluation activities. A draft agenda is included as a link below for review.


Grantees are encouraged to bring as many members of their teams as possible to this event! At least one representative from each of the core partners are required to attend. Local workforce, adult education partner(s), and navigators are required to attend.

The following instructions were provided in the RFA:

  • Page 1: ELL projects selected are expected to work in collaboration with community-based organizations (CBOs), and other workforce partners (including WIOA Title II/Adult Education Programs, Human Service programs where possible, or other WIOA Unified Plan Partners). Participation in convening’s is required. A local coordinating staff function is recommended for this project to ensure partners are engaged and there is participation in the state-sponsored technical assistance and evaluation activities.
  • Page 10: Project Teams should budget for and plan to attend three in-person convenings throughout the grant period.

Grantees are permitted to reallocate funding across line items in their budgets for this purpose. If you have questions regarding funds to support travel to Convenings, please contact Kae Chin.


Each person who plans to attend the Convening must register separately on the CWA project website by Friday, October 25, 2019. Please use the link below to register:

Click Here To Register


CWA has arranged a special group rate of $155/night for rooms at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, 13th and J Streets, Sacramento, CA 95814

Here’s the reservation link you can use to make reservations:

Book your group rate for CWA – California Workforce Association

Event Summary:

CWA – California Workforce Association

Check-in Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Check-out Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019

Last Day to Book: October 25, 2019


Grantees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

Food and Refreshments

A light continental breakfast with coffee/water and a lunch will be provided. A vegetarian option will be available. If you have any severe food allergies, please contact Matthew Hayes of CWA via email at


For questions about the convening, please contact CWA Project Lead, Ursula Bischoff via email at

  • Document – Instructions on TE Areas
  • Pathways to Services, Referral, and Enrollment – This policy document provides guidance to service providers by establishing the procedures regarding verifying work authorization and making services accessible to all populations in California. 

  • English Language Learners Navigator Initiative – A collection of resources developed by local partnerships serving English learners, including outreach materials in multiple languages, program flow charts, and lessons from the first round of ELL Co-Enrollment pilots are available on the CA WDB website.

  • Opening Doors of Opportunity – The full evaluation of the ELL Co-Enrollment Navigator Pilot of 2017-2018 can be found here or by clicking the link below. This report details the site teams and their programs while highlighting best practices from the implementation teams and suggestions for the future. (For the link, use the PDF titled ELL-Navigator-Final-Evaluation-May-2019)

  • A new report by the National Skills Coalition helps make the case for changing policy and building partnerships to serve English learners. The report explores racial and ethnic disparities in attainment and access; systemic barriers to equitable workforce training and quality employment, and why advancing equity is a moral imperative. To learn more, read NSC’s new publication, “The Roadmap for Racial Equity: An imperative for workforce development advocates.” 

  • Webinar Resources: In September, ELL Co-Enrollment grantees and their partners were invited to a Data Training Webinar that provided a framework for understanding WIOA adult education and workforce development outcomes in a co-enrollment program model as well as specific guidance on data entry and reporting practices. Shared as a link below is the first slide deck that covers the overview and TE data entry training. Additionally, below is the second slide deck that covers the CalJOBS data training.

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