Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

Effective July 1, 2015. WIOA (Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act) is law, replacing the (WIA) Workforce Investment Act of 1998.  WIOA amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. WIOA authorizes the Job Corps, YouthBuild, Indian and Native Americans, and Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker programs. 

Passed by Congress with wide bipartisan support, WIOA was  signed into law by President Obama, July 22, 2014. WIOA is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in more than 15 years. By doing so, Congress reaffirmed the role of the American Job Center (AJC) system, a cornerstone of the public workforce investment system. This furthermore brings together and enhances several key employment, education, and training programs. 

WIOA continues to advance services to these job seekers and employers through our LWDA13 (Local Workforce Investment Area) - Memphis, Shelby County, and Fayette County. The WIOA reform will help job seekers and workers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and match employers with skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. 

The Workforce Investment System is managed by business-led stakeholders within each local or regional market, offering LWDA13 increased flexibility to implement innovative and comprehensive programs tailored to meet the needs of specific markets.

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