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Common WorkForce Acronyms

In workforce development, things can quickly turn into alphabet soup. Check out these acronyms to better understand workforce development, industry relations and federal/state funding.

AA – Accelerate Alabama

AA – Apprenticeship Alabama

ABC – Associated Builders and Contractors

ABE – Adult Basic Education

ABAWD – Able-bodied Adult Without Dependents 

ACCCP – Alabama Commission on Credentialing and Career Pathways

ACCS – Alabama Career Center System

ACCS – Alabama Community College System

ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act

ADECA – Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs 

ADRS – Alabama Department of Rehabilitative Services (Voc Rehab)

ADO – Alabama Development Office (Now known as Alabama Department of Commerce)

ADOL – Alabama Department of Labor

AGC – Associated General Contractors

AFL-CIO – American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

AIDT – Alabama Industrial Development Training Institute

AIRRAP – Alabama Industry-Recognized and Registered Apprenticeship Program

AlaVetNet – Alabama Veterans Network 

ALISON – Alabama Legislative Information System Online

ALSDE – Alabama State Department of Education (K12)

ATN – Alabama Technology Network

AWC – Alabama Workforce Council

AWSP - Alabama Workforce Stabilization Program

AWTC – Alabama Workforce Training Center (Birmingham)

BCA – Business Council of Alabama

BCY – Board Contract Year 

BEST – Boosting Engineering Science and Technology (Robotics Competition)

BLS – Bureau of Labor Statistics

BRAC – Base Realignment and Closure 

CBO – Community Based Organization

CBJT – Community Based Job Training

CBT – Computer-Based Training

CCS – Child Care Services

CEO – Chief Elected Official/Chief Executive Officer

CEU – Continuing Education Unit

CFR – Code of Federal Regulations

CGIA – Central Gulf Industrial Alliance 

CIP – Classification of Instructional Programs 

CIS – Communities in Schools

CPS – Child Protective Services

CRT – Classroom Training 

CTE – Career & Technical Education

CTSO – Career Technical Student Organization

DHR – Department of Human Resources (Alabama)

DIR – Department of Industrial Relations (Now known as ADOL)

DOL – US Department Of Labor

DOLETA – US Department Of Labor Employment & Training Administration 

DW – Dislocated Worker Program 

ED – Executive Director

ED – Economic Developer

EEO – Equal Employment Opportunity

EITC – Earned Income Tax Credit

EITP – Existing Industry Training Program

EO – Equal Opportunity

ES – Employment Service

ESL – English as a Second Language (Oral Assessment) 

ETA – Employment and Training Administration 

ETF – Education Trust Fund

FBO – Faith-Based Organization

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency 

FLSA – Fair Labor Standards Act

FMLA – Family Medical Leave Act

FY – Fiscal Year 

GAO – General Accounting Office

GED – General Education Development or General Education Diploma

GOEWT – Governor’s Office of Education and Workforce Transformation

GSA – General Services Administration

HHSC – Health and Human Services Commission 

H1B – Employment-based, non-immigrant visa for temporary workers

H2A – Agricultural Work Visa (common name) 

IEP – Individual Education Plan 

IRAP – Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program

IT – Information Technology 

ITA – Individual Training Account (Scholorship)

IWTP – Incumbent Worker Training Program

LEA – Local Education Agency

LEP – Limited English Proficiency

LLSIL – Lower Living Standard Income Level 

LMI – Labor Market Information

MA – Manufacture Alabama (Assocation)

MOU – Memorandum Of Understanding   

MRWTC – Montgomery Regional Workforce Training Center

NAICS – National American Industry Classification System

NAWB – National Association of Workforce Boards

NAWDP – National Association of Workforce Development Professionals 

NCCER – National Center for Construction Education and Research

NCP – Non-custodial Parent

NCRC – National Career Readiness Credential

NEG – National Emergency Grant

NGA – National Governors Association

NIMS – National Institute for Metalworking Skills (Credential)

O*NET – Occupational Information Network

OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer (i.e. Mercedes-Benz) 

OES – Occupational Employment Statistics

OJT – On-the-Job Training

OMB – Office of Management and Budget

OPM – Office of Personnel Management 

OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration 

PLC – Programmable Logic Controller

PSA – Public Service Announcement 

PY – Program Year 

RFP – Request For Proposal

RFQ – Request For Qualifications 

RFT- Request for Training

RR – Rapid Response 

RTP – Robotics Technology Park

RTW – Ready to Work

RWC – Regional Workforce Council

SGA – Solicitations for Grant Applications – Federal 

SIC – Standard Industrial Classification

SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Formally known as Food Stamps)

SOC – Standard Occupational Classification

SOS – Secretary of State 

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math

SYEP – Summer Youth Employment Program 

TA – Technical Assistance

TAA – Trade Adjustment Assistance

TABE – Test of Adult Basic Education

TANF – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Formally known as Welfare)

TEGL – Training and Employment Guidance Letter 

TEIN – Training and Employment Information Notice 

UI – Unemployment Insurance Compensation 

USDOL – United States Department Of Labor 

VA – Veterans Administration

VETS – Veterans’ Employment and Training Services – USDOL

WARN – Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act 

WBL – Work Based Learning

WDB – Workforce Development Board

WIA – Workforce Investment Act

WIOA – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

WIOA Title I – Workforce Training Activities for Adult, Youth and Dislocated Worker 

WIOA Title II – Adult Education and Literacy 

WIOA Title III – Employment Services, Wagner-Peyser 

WIOA Title IV – Vocational Rehabilitation 

WOTC – Work Opportunity Tax Credit