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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

July 1, 2015

On July 22, 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law. 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.

The purpose of the law is to:

  • Increase opportunities for individuals, particularly those with barriers to employment
  • Support alignment of workforce investment, education, and economic development systems
  • Provide workers with the skills and credentials to secure and advance employment
  • Promote improvement in the structure and delivery of services
  • Increase prosperity of workers and employers
  • Increase the employment retention and earnings of participants and increase the attainment of recognized post-secondary credentials

WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in today's economy. Your local OhioMeansJobs center provides access to WIOA career services. Please contact your local OhioMeansJobs center for additional information.

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