Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
In July 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (referred to as WIOA or the Opportunity Act)—passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress—was signed into law by President Obama. The Opportunity Act restructures and reauthorizes the local workforce system and effectively supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) and amends the Wagner-Peyser Act, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
The Opportunity Act helps job seekers succeed in the labor market by providing access to employment, education, training, and support services while matching employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.
The law, which takes effect on July 1, 2015, provides a new opportunity to ensure that America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) locations remain effective and job-driven—responding to the needs of employers and preparing workers for jobs, now and in the future.
Opportunity Act Resources:
California Employment Development Department
California Workforce Association
Center for Law and Social Policy
Jobs for the Future
National Association of Workforce Boards
National Association of Workforce Development Professionals
National Skills Coalition
U.S. Conference of Mayors
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration