Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
of 2014 supersedes the Workforce Investment Act and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Each year, the key programs that form the pillars of WIOA help tens of millions of job seekers and workers nationwide connect to good jobs and acquire the skills and credentials needed to obtain them.
Oregon has the support of the federal government in efforts to help state residents reach their full education and career potential. The HECC Offices of Workforce Investments (OWI) and Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) work together as the administrative entities for several federally funded workforce and education programs, authorized by WIOA, and are primary partners in the implementation of WIOA in Oregon.
WIOA is designed to help job seekers succeed in the labor market by providing them with access to employment, education, training, and support services and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.
- supports dislocated workers, other adults, and employers before and during a layoff, or with general career development, and provides adult skills and training opportunities at community colleges and other sites statewide. Administered by the HECC Office of Workforce Investments (OWI).
- provides workforce development training opportunities to young people ages 14-24. Administered by HECC OWI.
- provides quality basic skills and literacy services for adults across Oregon, including English as a second language instruction at community colleges and other sites statewide. Administered by the HECC Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD).
OWI and CCWD have direct administrative responsibility for many of the activities identified in the Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth programs identified in Title I of WIOA and the Adult Education and Literacy activities identified in Title II of WIOA. In these roles, the HECC distributes workforce funding, provices fiscal oversight and accountability for workforce programs, and provides policy direction and technical assistance to state and local workforce partners, staff, and other stakeholders statewide.
(This section is currently under construction.)
A general list of policies relevant to the Workforce and Talent Development Board (WTDB) can usually be found on this page. However, due to recent changes in the Workforce Innnovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) rules, outdated policies have been removed. WIOA compliant policies will be added to this page as they become finalized. For more information on Title I policies, visit the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Oregon website.
Unified State Plan
The 2016-2019 Unified State Plan was submitted to the US Department of Labor (DOL) and US Department of Education on March 3, 2016 in accordance with the Required Elements for the Submission of the Unified or Combined State Plan and Plan Modification under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The Plan was approved by the secretary of each federal agency that oversees the core programs. Each state will have the opportunity to review and modify their plan in two years.
Proposed Modifications to the Approved Unified State Plan - FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
Approved Unified State Plan
Recommended Unified State Plan and Supporting Materials
The Workforce and Talent Development Board recommended the Unified State Plan for approval on February 17, 2016.Vocational Rehabilitation
For more information or a full version of the state plan for the Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation Services click here