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What is the Workforce Investment Act?

The Workforce Investment Act was signed into law on August 7, 1998 as an effort to consolidate and streamline the nation's employment and training programs. It replaced the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) that had been in place since 1982.

Key Components
  • Streamlining Services
    Programs and providers collocate, coordinate and integrate activities and information, creating a coherent and accessible One-Stop system for individuals and businesses.

  • Empowering Individuals
    Programs and providers collocate, coordinate and integrate activities and information, creating a coherent and accessible One-Stop system for individuals and businesses.

  • Universal Access
    Any job seeker in the US, or anyone, who wants to advance his or her career, has access to the One-Stop system and to core employment-related services.

  • Increased Accountability
    State and local entities managing the workforce investment system must meet core indicators of performance or suffer sanctions.

    Through ITA’s, participants choose training based on program outcomes. To survive in the market, training providers must make accountability for performance a top priority.

  • Strong Role for Local Boards and Private Sector
    Local, business-led boards focus on strategic planning, policy development and oversight of the local workforce investment system.

    The active involvement of the private sector provides critical information about skills in demand, available jobs, expansion of career fields and the identification and development of useful programs.

  • State and Local Flexibility
    Significant authority is reserved for the Governor and chief local elected officials to implement innovative and comprehensive workforce investment systems tailored to local and regional labor market needs.

  • Improved Youth Programs
    Programs are linked closely to local labor market needs and community youth programs, with strong connections to academic and occupational learning.
How do the One-Stop Centers fit into the law?

"One-Stop" Centers serve as the cornerstone of the Workforce Investment System. These Centers unify training, education and employment programs into one customer-friendly system in each community. At least one full-service center is located in each workforce investment area.

For more information or questions concerning the WIA please contact:
    Joan Modrell, Executive Director
    Office of Workforce Security
    Nebraska Workforce Development - Department of Labor
    550 South 16th Street
    Lincoln, NE 68509
    402-471-9948
    Joan.Modrell@nebraska.gov


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