The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is historic bipartisan legislation reauthorizing and amending the Workforce Investment Act. WIOA’s purpose is to enhance the quality of the workforce, increase economic self-sufficiency, lower welfare dependency, accommodate employer skill requirements, and strengthen the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.
The Dislocated Workers Program is a Core Program of the WIOA. A Dislocated Worker is someone who lost their job “due to no fault of their own” and “is unlikely to return to previous industry.” Individuals with a physical or mental disability that prevents him/her from returning to their previous industry or occupation or a military spouse impacted by a service member’s duty reassignment or discharge may be considered as meeting requirements to be served through the dislocated worker program. The Dislocated Workers Program offers educational training, employer based training, and supportive services all geared for re-employment.