WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT (WIOA)

The Chief Local Elected Officials and the Workforce Development Council are guided by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), passed into law in 2014. WIOA replaced the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and builds upon the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

PURPOSE OF WIOA

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The purpose of WIOA is to better align the workforce development system with education, training and economic development initiatives to create a collective response to labor market challenges on the national, state and local levels. Overall, it seeks to improve the quality of the US workforce, reduce dependency on welfare programs, increase self-sufficiency, meet hiring needs for employers and connect job seekers with training opportunities and vocational rehabilitation services they need.

To learn more about WIOA, visit www.doleta.gov/wioa.