About the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA)
By 2022 the United States will fall short by 11 million the necessary number of workers with postsecondary education, including 6.8 million workers with bachelor's degrees, and 4.3 million workers with a postsecondary vocational certificate, some college credits or an associate's degree.i
Fifty-two percent of adults (16-65) in the United States lack the literacy skills necessary to identify, interpret, or evaluate one or more pieces of information; a critical requirement for success in postsecondary education and work.ii
Individuals with disabilities have the highest rate of unemployment of any group, and more than two-thirds do not participate in the workforce at all.iii
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
WIOA is bipartisan, bicameral legislation that will improve our nation’s workforce development system and help put Americans back to work. Now more than ever, effective education and workforce development opportunities are critical to a stronger middle class. We need a system that prepares workers for the 21st century workforce, while helping businesses find the skilled employees they need to compete and create jobs in America.
A streamlined workforce development system by:
Greater value by:
Better coordination by:
Improved outreach to disconnected youth by:
i The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
ii Based on data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), 2012.
iii Based on data from the Current Population Survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics.