What is the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)?
Enacted in 1998 by the 105th Congress of the United States under the Clinton administration, theWorkforce Investment Act aims to consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States. This federal legislation created Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) in all 50 States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Territories to oversee policy on workforce development and coordinate services through a network of 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers, implementing initiatives for potential workers and employers in one convenient location.
The goal of the WIA is to provide workforce development services to employers and workers through a universally accessible, information-driven, One-Stop Career Center System. The WIA legislates how to create the job training system. WIBs design the system according to their local needs. Job training is provided to currently employed workers, dislocated workers, and those entering or returning to the workforce. Special programs for youth, literacy, and disabilities are also available.
What is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)?
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jump-start our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is a response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression. It includes measures to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need. Learn more about the benefits of the ARRA for New Jersey.
The Bergen One-Stop has been working diligently to provide services funded by ARRA to dislocated workers and at-risk youth. To date, nearly 500 unemployed workers have received $4,000 grants to be retrained in demand occupations. In the summer of 2009, the One-Stop sponsored a program called “YouthWorks!” that placed more than 300 youth in public entity work sites around the county. Learn more about ARRA funding expenditures in Bergen County. ARRA funds many projects. Learn more about ARRA funding.
State Workforce Plans
The New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission (SETC), the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD), and the Bergen County WIB work together to plan for the future. The New Jersey SETC publishes planning documents regularly on its Website:
County Workforce Plans
BERGEN WIB POLICIES
You can find a list of current requests for proposals (RFPs) on the Bergen County One-Stop Career Center Website. Please continue to check this site for new opportunities as they become available. For more information on RFP programs or contracts, please call the Senior Planner at (201) 329-9600 x5505.
Letters of Support
Organizations requesting letters of support from, or the endorsement of, the Bergen County Workforce Investment Board are asked to provide an Executive Summary or short narrative that, at a minimum, includes the following information:
Attention: Executive Director
60 State Street, Room 200
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Fax to: (201) 996-6975
For more information please contact the Bergen WIB at (201) 343-8830.