The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 rewrote federal statutes governing job training, adult education, literacy and vocational rehabilitation. The Act was signed into law in August of 1998 and was the first major reform of the nation’s job training programs in fifteen years.
This act mandates the use of the One-Stop Operating System, which is designed to streamline services, eliminate duplication of services and empower individuals to obtain the services and skills they want and need. An essential part of the Act gives more flexibility for the Local Workforce Development Boards to operate programs, along with more accountability for their programs.
The goals of the WIA are to improve the quality of the workforce, enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation, and to reduce welfare dependency.
Locally, the Board’s work-first philosophy acknowledges the primary goal of a job seeker is finding that much needed job, or obtaining the resources and training or retraining for workplace and occupational skills required to compete in today’s job market.
Our customers can access no-cost employment services and resources through a network of career centers located throughout the region. Our professional workforce development staff is equipped to provide employment services through an array of well-structured resume writing workshops, resource rooms, on-site computer classes, Professional Placement Networks, and other activities designed to meet local community labor needs.
Training options may be available for those we determine lack marketable job skills and who also meet Workforce Investment Act (WIA) eligibility guidelines. Training funds are awarded based on applicant suitability and the amount of funds available. Training requested and approved must be for occupations on the Targeted Occupations List and through schools on the Approved Training Provider List for Region 24. To apply, you must be 18 years or older, you must be a US citizen or resident authorized to work in the US, and if a male born on or after January 1, 1960, you must be registered with the Selective Service. Other WIA eligibility criteria may apply when training services are requested.
The Board proudly serves veterans and ensures top priority is given to their employment needs. Priority is also given to individuals with substantial cultural or language barriers, displaced homemakers, offenders, school dropouts, persons who are deficient in basic skills or lack a high school diploma or GED, older Individuals (55 and older), and individuals who have been laid off or terminated from a job through no fault of their own.
Additional information and assistance with accessing services can be obtained by contacting any of our Centers.