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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The full WIOA law

WIOA Fact Sheet

This fact sheet developed by the U.S. Department of Labor provides an overview of the entire WIOA law.

WIOA Governance and Leadership

WIOA empowers State and Local elected officials and private sector-led workforce boards with the responsibility of developing a strategic, integrated plan that supports economic growth and labor force needs intended to grow the capacity and performance of the workforce system.


WIOA One Stop Career Centers

WIOA retains the nationwide system of one-stop centers, which directly provide an array of employment services and connect customers to work-related training and education.

WIOA Youth Program

WIOA outlines a broader youth vision that supports an integrated service delivery system and gives a framework through which states and local areas can leverage other Federal, State, Local, and philanthropic resources to support in-school and out-of-school youth.

State of Wisconsin Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan

As the state's federally-designated workforce agency, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is the tasked with implementation of WIOA, which seeks to more fully integrate states' workforce and talent development systems to better serve employers and job seekers. The WIOA Combined State Plan builds from this groundwork, creating one talent development system with a "no wrong door" approach to enhance the services available to the current and future workforce. These strategic goals outlined in this plan were developed through collaboration with the State’s partners and stakeholders, forming a solid foundation for WIOA's success in Wisconsin.

Connecting People to Work 

Connecting People to Work features case studies of organizations implementing sector-based workforce development strategies in the health care, construction, manufacturing and restaurant industries, and highlights how policy and economic changes and new practices among education and training institutions are affecting workforce development efforts. It also includes evaluation results and a review of major sector-financing strategies. Employ Milwaukee’s President and CEO, Earl Buford, is a featured author. 

Meet the Out-of-Work 

This Brookings Institute analysis, Meet the Out-of-Work, aims to deepen understanding of out-of-work Americans, and support local officials in their efforts to help these individuals find jobs. Brookings provides a unique perspective on adults ages 25-64 who are out of work in each of 130 large cities and counties across the United States, using cluster analysis to segment the out-of-work population into distinct groups based on factors such as educational attainment, age, work history, disability, English language proficiency, and family status. We present detailed information on these groups accompanied by information on appropriate and effective workforce development programs in order to help local officials, funders, and other stakeholders develop, strengthen, or diversify strategies to connect their residents to employment.  The City of Milwaukee is a featured study area in the analysis:

Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies (IRES) Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness

Council of State Governments

Although employment can play a critical role in reducing recidivism, research has shown that simply placing someone in a job is not a silver bullet for preventing reoffending. A foundation of research reveals effective strategies for reducing recidivism. These strategies include using science-based tools to assess individuals’ risk for criminal behavior and using that information to tailor services to their distinct needs (such as cognitive behavioral therapy to address antisocial thinking and behaviors). The Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies white paper helps policymakers, system administrators, and practitioners collaboratively determine whether resources are focused on the right people, with the right interventions, at the right time.


Barriers to Employment: Who are Milwaukee’s Unemployed Jobseekers?

Public Policy Forum

This report considers the characteristics of individuals who participate in six major workforce development programs in Milwaukee, and quantify the prevalence of employment barriers, including low levels of educational attainment, lack of valid driver's licenses, and criminal backgrounds.


Literacy, Technology, Community: The Importance of Smart Technology in Workforce and Adult Education

National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB)

This whitepaper analyzes the reasons why access to educational material online is critical to moving the United States forward in terms of economic development and academic attainment.

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