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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I: Dislocated Worker

Updated December 2016

This workforce development initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor seeks to better align the workforce system with education and economic development, creating a collective response to economic and labor market challenges on the national, state, and local levels. 

Title I dislocated worker programs target those who have been laid off or received notice of termination, are self-employed but unemployed due to economic conditions, are the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty and unemployed due to relocation, or are displaced homeowners.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA Public Law 113 128) is the authorizing legislation for six “core programs” in the public workforce development system.

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WIOA Title I dislocated worker programs could target individual or cohort training services to support participants in secondary and postsecondary career pathways programs. This includes tuition support, supportive services, and career services.

Title I dislocated worker career counselors could partner with career pathway education providers to offer intensive career services for program participants. This could help mitigate non-academic barriers to program completion and support participants toward employment placement and retention.

Title I dislocated worker administrators could collaborate with local workforce development boards to lead industry partnership efforts. Such efforts could further engage their education partners in building career pathway programs that meet regional employment needs.

A Roadmap for Joint Regional Planning from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office can help initiatives identify resources, tools, key questions, and regional partners in order to facilitate collaboration around WIOA and the Strong Workforce Program.

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