The Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides oversight and governance for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs in Local Workforce Development Area One, also known as the Southwest Region. The Southwest Region is composed of eight jurisdictions in far Southwestern Virginia (counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, Wise, and the city of Norton.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and supportive services to succeed in the labor market as well as to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. The Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board is the recipient of these Federal funds and administers the programs through SWVA Works. The Adult program is targeted toward low-income adults with barriers to employment while the Dislocated Worker program assists workers who have been laid off or have been notified that they will be laid off. The WIOA Title I Youth Program provides services to disconnected youth, ages 16-24, who face barriers to employment. Programs help to provide strong linkages between academic and occupational learning in order to provide a new workforce “supply pipeline” that employers need to fill their job vacancies in the future.
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