Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) replaces the Job Training Partnership Act. The WIA is federally mandated allowing state and local government flexibility to meet their workforce needs. It provides a One Stop service delivery system depending on strong involvement by local elected officials and the private sector. WIA programs include Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, and Welfare-to-Work (W-T-W). Implementation of the WIA began July 1, 2000, in Virginia. The WIA is state and locally driven and depends on strong involvement by local elected officials and the private sector. WIA provides the opportunity for business and industry to link more closely with job access and training programs and provides leadership for the development of a workforce that meets the needs of localities as defined in their economic development plans.
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