The resources provided on this page are to help you learn more about the local and regional workforce plans, WIOA, the Stevens Amendment, and approved training options.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA, The Opportunity Act) into law on July 22, 2014. The Opportunity Act is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.

Every year the key programs that form the pillars of The Opportunity Act help tens of millions of job seekers and workers to connect to good jobs and acquire the skills and credentials needed to obtain them. The enactment of The Opportunity Act provides opportunity for reforms to ensure the American Job Center® system is job-driven—responding to the needs of employers and preparing workers for jobs that are available now and in the future.

The Opportunity Act 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. In general, the Act takes effect on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment, unless otherwise noted. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will issue further guidance on the timeframes for implementation of these changes and proposed regulations reflecting the changes in The Opportunity Act soon after enactment.

More information can be found at the US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration site for WIOA and at the following links:

The US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration has compiled a list of Advisories by type and program year.

  • Training and Employment Notices (TEN) – communicate announcements of meetings, publications, or general information
  • Training and Employment Guidance Letters (TEGL) – provide policy and operational guidance to WIOA state and local workforce systems
  • Unemployment Insurance Program Letters (UIPL) – provide policy and guidance specific to the unemployment program.
  • The most updated communications can be found at the following link:
Stevens Amendment

The Stevens Amendment is an appropriations provision that requires grantees of the Department of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education to disclose for a grant program the percent of the cost financed with federal funds.

Public Law 101-166, Section 511

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs are 100% supported by the PA Department of Labor and Industry of the U.S. Department of Labor as part of awards totaling $4,993,899.00 with $0, 0% financed from non-governmental sources.

Approved Trainings

To find a list of approved trainings, visit the PA CareerLink® site at:

Local Workforce Investment Area Resources

The Northwest Pennsylvania Workforce Development Network is comprised of a comprehensive system consisting of government officials, educators, workforce development specialists, employers and organizations devoted to enhancing today’s workforce. Because of the hard work of these individuals and organizations, a wealth of research and statistics are available regarding workforce development in Northwest Pennsylvania.

In addition to the research and statistics, there are many partnering organizations with resources available for further workforce development-related information.

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