Job & Family Services Office of Workforce Development
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

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

Young Adults aged 14-24 who are:

Basic skills deficientRunaway
HomelessFoster child
Need high school diplomaPregnant or parenting (custodial or non-custodial)
Restored citizenEnglish language learner
Low incomePhysical or mental impairment (ADA)

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: 10/18/2018