On July 22, 2014, President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law, leading the first major reform to the public workforce system in 15 years.

WIOA supersedes titles I and II of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and amends the Wagner- Peyser Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (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 the global economy.

WIOA provides for a workforce system that is universally accessible, customer centered, and training that is job-driven.

The WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker formula programs, in coordination with the Wagner-Peyser (WP) Employment Service (ES), are pivotal pieces of the one-stop delivery system, which is the foundation of the workforce system. The system provides universal access to career services to meet the diverse needs of adults and dislocated workers.

Under Title I of WIOA, services provided to adults and dislocated workers can be a pathway to the middle class and for maintaining and building the skills to remain in the middle class.  WIOA also provides a focus on serving “individuals with barriers to employment,” as defined in WIOA section 3(24) and seeks to ensure access to these populations on a priority basis.

Adult and Dislocated Workers may access career and training services. There are three types of “career services”:  basic career services, individualized career services, and follow-up services. Training services are supported through a robust Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL), comprised of entities with a proven capability of securing quality employment outcomes for participants.

Services are provided through Worksource Centers and affiliate locations within the 5 counties that make up the PacMtn Region.

For details on the many services available to Job Seekers, Employers and eligible Adult and Dislocated Workers, call, visit or follow this link www.worksourcewa.com to a local WorkSource Center for more information.