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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program

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On July 22, 2014, President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law. This law supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in over 15 years.

WIOA recognizes that the development of employment and training programs must serve our business community as much as it is important to serve our unemployed/underemployed community. The key is making this connection.

WIOA is a federally funded program that helps individuals acquire the skills and job-driven training employers need by providing job seekers and workers, access to employment, education, training and support services.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
TDD/TTY Dial 711 then ask for (808) 935-6527

United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Resources

Final Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor and Education has issued five (5) rules implementing WIOA.

Guidance and Additional Resources

Hawaiʻi County Workforce Development Board

The mission of the Hawaiʻi County Workforce Development Board (HCWDB) is to promote the development of a highly competent and productive workforce by coordinating the efforts of educational institutions, labor, business, economic development organizations, government agencies and the entire community in order to sustain a strong economy and lifestyle.

While the Mayor is responsible for appointing the Board’s members, if your local business organization or business trade association would like to nominate someone for the HCWDB, please contact:

Office of Housing and Community Development, County of Hawaiʻi
1990 Kinoʻole Street, Suite 102
Hilo, Hawaiʻi 96720
Phone: (808) 961-8379
Fax: (808) 961-8685

HCWDB Member Information

HCWDB Local Area Plan

HCWDB Agendas and Meeting Packets

Youth Programs

Goodwill Industries of Hawaiʻi, Ola I Ka Hana Program
500 Kalanianaʻole Avenue, Suite 3
Hilo, Hawaiʻi, 96720
Phone: (808) 443-5863

Adult & Dislocated Worker Programs

American Job Center, Hawaiʻi Island
427 Kilauea Avenue, B-10
Hilo, Hawaiʻi, 96720
Phone: (808) 935-6527

Administrative Entity/Oversight

Office of Housing and Community Development, County of Hawaiʻi
1990 Kinoʻole Street, Suite 102
Hilo, Hawaiʻi, 96720
Phone: (808) 961-8379

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