On February 5, 2015 the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board held its first 2015 quarterly meeting at the Expo Center.
Before the full WIB and a packed audience, guest speaker Bob Lanter, Executive Director of the California Workforce Association, presented Highlights of the New Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA). WIOA is the primary federal funding source for the City's WorkSource/America's Job Centers of California and the YouthSource Center network. WIOA is the successor legislation to the outgoing Workforce Investment Act (WIA), and becomes effective July 1, 2015. While much of the new law mirrors the WIA, there are differences. Changes range from branding (boards will now be known as "Workforce Development Boards"), to a focus on regional labor markets (WIOA emphasizes regional planning), to enhanced training requirements and relationships with community colleges.
To learn more about WIOA, visit the US Department of Labor website.
In addition, the WIB learned about Code Oregon, an exciting initiative to train and employ Oregon workers in the 10,000 tech, coding and development jobs in the next five years. California and Los Angeles are contemplating how such an initiative can be started in our own state.