Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act


Purpose: WIOA supports workforce development activities and funds job training programs for adults, dislocated workers and youth. The legislation modernized the nation’s workforce development system and sought to streamline existing employment and workforce-related education and training systems via unified planning and delivery, common measurements for program performance, and more uniform data collection and usage among many other improvements to previous law. 

Status: WIOA reauthorized the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) and was passed by Congress and signed into law in 2014 to be authorized through 2019. Since that time, States have submitted revisions to their WIOA plans as Congress considers updates to this legislation.

Connection to Career Technical Education (CTE): WIOA emphasizes greater coordination between workforce development and CTE through aligned definitions, requires postsecondary CTE to be a  partner of state and local One-Stop Center systems, the option to do a combined state plan that meets the planning requirements for WIOA’s core programs and at least one other federal program (including Perkins V), and other provisions.

Advance CTE Recommendations: Advance CTE advocates for WIOA reauthorization based on these recommendations, which reflect the input and priorities of our members and vision.

Resources on Understanding WIOA

Resources on WIOA Implementation