Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which replaces the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, and support services to succeed in the modern labor market. The Youth Workforce Office at New Horizons Regional Education Centers offers an array of comprehensive sponsored services through its In-School and Out-of-School Programs for at-risk youths ages 16-24 on the Greater Peninsula and assist youths in skills training, educational attainment and preparing for successful employment.
The law will also encourage workforce development programs to help match employers with candidates needed to compete in the global economy.
The Youth Workforce Center housed at New Horizons Regional Education Center (NHREC) since 2000 prepares youth for post-secondary educational opportunities and employment linking academic and occupational learning. The Youth Workforce Office at New Horizons Regional Education Center offers an array of comprehensive sponsored services through its In-School and Out-of-School Programs for at-risk youths ages 16-24 on the Greater Peninsula and assist youths in skills training, educational attainment and preparing for successful employment.
Programs include tutoring, study skills training and instruction leading to completion of secondary school (including dropout prevention); alternative school services; mentoring by appropriate adults; paid and unpaid work experience; occupational skills training; leadership development; and appropriate supportive services. Youth participants also receive guidance and counseling, and follow-up services for one year.
The WIOA is vital to the modernization of the nation’s workforce development system. WIOA introduces a renewed system which will ensure access for all individuals, of every skill level, the opportunity to pursue the skills, training, and education they need to obtain employment that will lead to financial stability and economic security for themselves and their families. Employers will also have the assurance that trained and qualified workers will be available to fill their current and future openings.
To provide workforce investment activities, through statewide and local systems that increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants, and increase attainment of recognized credentials by participants, and as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, increase economic self-sufficiency, meet the skill requirements of employers, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation’s work force.