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Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) - Program Overview

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help career seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market, and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

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The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) administers the following core programs:

  • Employment and training services for adults
  • Employment and training services for dislocated workers
  • Employment and training services for youth
  • Wagner-Peyser Employment Services
  • Adult education and literacy programs
  • Vocational Rehabilitation state grant programs 

Through these core programs, WIOA delivers a broad array of integrated services to individuals seeking job and skills training and employers seeking skilled workers. WIOA also aligns regional economies with Local Workforce Development Boards (Boards). Career seekers and business owners have access to a seamless system of high-quality services through the coordination of programs, services and governance structures. WIOA builds relationships among key workforce partners, business leaders, Boards, labor unions, community colleges, nonprofit organizations, youth-serving organizations and state and local officials to strive for a more job-driven approach to training and skills development.

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TWC submits reports on WIOA to the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA). Performance reporting is provided through the Workforce Integrated Performance System (WIPS). The WIPS specifications identify the data that TWC must report to DOLETA.

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Authority & Funding

The Texas Workforce Investment Council (TWIC) is Texas’ State Workforce Investment Board. TWC administers the WIOA program in Texas and is well on its way to fully integrating all federally mandated employment and training programs.

Funding for WIOA is provided through grants received from DOLETA.

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Other Resources

Additional resources related to WIOA:

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