President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. This law, which replaces the Workforce Investment Act, goes into effect on July 1, 2015. WIOA is landmark legislation designed to strengthen and improve our nation’s public workforce system and help put Americans, especially youth and those with significant barriers to employment, back to work. WIOA supports innovative strategies to keep pace with changing economic conditions and seeks to improve coordination between the core WIOA and other Federal programs that support employment services, workforce development, adult education and literacy, and vocational rehabilitation activities. WIOA authorizes key employment and training programs and the One-Stop Center service delivery system (known in North Carolina as NCWorks) to help workers acquire the tools and skills they need to be successful and to connect employers to the skilled workers they need.
On May 29, 2015, the Greensboro/High Point/Guilford County Workforce Development Board submitted an interim plan for service delivery for the period of July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016, after which a four-year service delivery plan will be required by WIOA. That interim plan can be found here and comments are welcome.