What is the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)?
President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. 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. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.
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 takes effect on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment, unless otherwise noted. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will issue further guidance on the timeframes for implementation of these changes and proposed regulations reflecting the changes in WIOA soon after enactment.
WIOA brings together, in strategic coordination, the core programs of Federal investment in skill development:
- employment and training services for adults, dislocated workers, and youth and Wagner-Peyser employment services administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) through formula grants to states; and
- adult education and literacy programs and Vocational Rehabilitation state grant programs that assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment administered by the Department of Education (DoED).
WIOA also authorizes programs for specific vulnerable populations, including the Job Corps, YouthBuild, Indian and Native Americans, and Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker programs as well as evaluation and multistate projects administered by DOL. In addition, WIOA authorizes other programs administered by DoED and the Department of Health and Human Services.
WIOA replaces the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and retains and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
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 WDB work together to plan for the future. The New Jersey SETC publishes planning documents regularly on its Website:
County Workforce Plans
BERGEN WDB 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 Development 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 WDB at (201) 343-8830.