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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
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In order to best protect confidential and other important data, the ODJFS website will no longer support several outdated web browsers. Effective December 5, Internet Explorer 6 or older, Opera 4 or older and Netscape Navigator will no longer work on ODJFS sites that are https-enabled. Individuals can download the most recent version of Internet Explorer here and the most recent version of Opera here.

On July 22, 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law as Public Law 113-128.  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.

The purpose of the law is to:

• Increase opportunities for individuals, particularly those with barriers to employment
• Support alignment of workforce investment, education, and economic development systems
• Provide workers with the skills and credentials to secure and advance employment
• Promote improvement in the structure and delivery of services
• Increase the prosperity of workers and employers
• Increase the employment retention and earnings of participants and the attainment of recognized post-secondary credentials

Our page on WIOA Implementation covers the designation of Local Areas, historical and current funding in the area, handouts, waivers, and external links to additional resources.

 WIOA: Implementing Change. Four-day training event in Columbus, Ohio. Oct. 20-23, 2015  


Our programs are offered to:

Adults over the age of 18, who are eligible to work in the United States of America and, if applicable, registered for Selective Service.

Dislocated Workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own.

Youth aged 14-24 who are:

  
Deficient in basic literacy skillsRunaway
HomelessFoster child
School drop-outPregnant or a parent
Ex-offenderEnglish language Learner
Low income (in-school youth) 
  

View a sampling of individual and employer services
Employers can find further information on our other programs at our Employers page

For more information contact your closest OhioMeansJobs Center.

Last updated: 09/29/2017