The Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program

The Workforce Innovative Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program is a grant through CareerSource Pasco Hernando designed to assist displaced workers with training dollars for the purpose of reemployment. This program is customer focused and federally-funded with a primary goal of assisting individuals in accessing the tools they need to manage their careers and attain self-sufficiency through employment. Funds are limited and first come first serve.

The Workforce Innovative Opportunity Act (WIOA) WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In general, the Act began on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment, unless otherwise noted.

What is WIOA?
Passed in July 2014, it’s the first federal reform of the workforce system in 15 years. WIOA replaces and modifies the Workforce Investment Act, started in 1998. Most WIOA provisions become effective July 1, 2015.

What are WIOA’s goals?
WIOA was designed to improve the quality of the workforce, increase economic self-sufficiency, reduce welfare dependency, meet employer skill requirements, and enhance the nation’s productivity and competitiveness.

Key features of WIOA:

1. Applies one set of accountability metrics to every federal workforce program under the bill.
2. Requires states to create single strategic plan for training, employment services, adult education & vocational rehabilitation.
3. Better aligns workforce areas, labor markets, and economic development regions.
4. Strengthens evaluation and data reporting.

Which core programs are included in WIOA?

1. Employment and Training Programs

  • Disadvantaged Youth Services
  • Economically Disadvantaged Adult Services
  • Dislocated Worker Programs

2. Basic Education for Adults under Title II
3. Wagner-Peyser Employment Services
4. Vocational Rehabilitation Services
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