Workforce Investment Act
On August 7, 1998, President Bill Clinton signed the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). This piece of legislation supersedes the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA).
JTPA was the legislation governing the Federal Employment and Training programs.
WIA was designed to reform the Federal Job Training programs and to create a new comprehensive workforce investment system.
The system is intended to be customer focused and to help Americans access the tools they need to manage their careers through information and high quality services. It was also designed to help U.S. companies find skilled workers.
The seven key principles of the new legislation are...
The Muskingum County Opportunity Center is part of a 43 county partnership. Area 7 is a customer-driven organization led by a business-based Workforce Investment Board. The Board is appointed by county commissioners to oversee Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs in our member counties. We are made up of 11 One –Stop systems, which are comprised of 43 Ohio counties. The Muskingum County Opportunity Center is partnered with Coshocton, Guernsey and Licking Counties. This One-Stop system is called the East Central Ohio Opportunity Centers. Area 7 distributes funds and leverages additional resources to meet workforce needs wherever they exist, and strives to exceed federal performance standards. The Area 7 mission is to remove barriers and align programs and services to achieve and sustain economic prosperity.
WIA Services are divided into three categories:
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