The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) guides our workforce system structure with the goal to create a path to employment that leads to self-sufficiency, including enrollment into post-secondary education for young adults, with a focus on customer choice.


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WIOA stands for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. It was passed into federal law in 2014  to replace 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.

WorkForce Central and its WIOA providers receive WIOA Title I funding


The purpose of WIOA is to better align the workforce development system with education, training, and economic development initiatives to work as a unit to meet labor market challenges on the national, state, and local levels.

Available resources may include (but are not limited to):
  • Resume & application assistance
  • Labor market assistance
  • Career/education advising & mapping
  • Postsecondary/occupational skills tuition
  • Items and resources needed to support training and employment
  • On-the-job training
  • Temporary work experiences
  • Referrals to community resources
WorkForce Central is part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between several local agencies to establish a united, local framework for the implementation of WIOA services. Learn more about our MOU Partners at


WIOA is a federally funded program that supports individuals in all aspects of their journey into the workforce, including training. It creates opportunities for those who are out of the workforce or underemployed to get connected to employment and training resources and services.

Individuals eligible for WIOA Title I services must be:

  • Legally able to work in the U.S.
  • and meet one of the following (this list is not all-inclusive):
    • Young adults ages 16-24 who are disconnected from education and work
    • Pregnant and parenting youth
    • Transitioning military
    • Spouses of active-duty military
    •  Individuals:
      • with disabilities
      • needing support improving basic skills
      • re-entering from the justice system
      • experiencing housing instability
      • who are unemployed or underemployed

Learn more about WIOA

To learn more about WIOA, connect with us below or visit the U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration website.

For Questions about WIOA

To learn more or request a personalized information session about WIOA, connect with us through our contact form.

To Connect to WIOA Services

To learn more or connect to WIOA services, visit the WorkSource Pierce website.

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