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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title I Adult Program

Employment Security Department


State Website: http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp

Participation: 1,553 participants were served by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Adult Program between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Who is Served: Specific eligibility guidelines are described in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Career and training services are available to all adults who are 18 years of age or older and legally entitled to work in the U.S. Services also are available to employed (incumbent) workers who need help becoming self-sufficient.

Program Description: The program prepares individuals 18 years and older for participation in the labor force by providing core services and access to job training and other services. Services are coordinated through the state’s one-stop career center system, WorkSource. Basic career services include skill assessment, labor-market information, consumer reports on training programs and job search and placement assistance. Individualized career and training services also are available for eligible adults when determined appropriate. This sequence of services is individualized and may include more intensive assessments, individual counseling, employment planning and prevocational and vocational training. Priority of service is given to veterans and their eligible spouses, basic skills deficient, and low-income clients.

Other Program Characteristics: Local priorities for the WIOA Title I-B Adult Program must support the priorities described in each Local Workforce Development Board’s strategic plan and must also be consistent with the goals identified in Talent and Prosperity for All, the state’s WIOA plan.

Program History: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) reformed federal employment, training, adult education, and vocational rehabilitation programs by creating an integrated system of workforce investment and education services for adults, dislocated workers, and youth. Known as WorkSource in Washington, this one-stop system offers a comprehensive array of services through local WorkSource centers, affiliates and connection sites, as well as online platforms (namely WorkSourceWA.com). Washington’s Governor designated the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (Workforce Board) to act as the State Workforce Development Board and the Employment Security Department as state WIOA’s administrative entity. The state’s 12 workforce development areas each have a business-led Workforce Development Board whose members are appointed by local chief elected officials. Local boards have strategic and convening responsibilities over the local one-stop system, including planning and overseeing their area’s WorkSource systems and WIOA-funded programs, as well as designating administrative entities and WorkSource operators and service providers.

Planning Cycle: Four-year planning cycle with two-year updates.

State Core Measures: See Workforce Training Results at http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceTrainingResults.asp

Federal Common Measures: Federal measures used to determine the WIOA Title I Adult program’s success are:

  • Employment rate two quarters after exit
  • Employment rate four quarters after exit
  • Median earnings
  • Credential attainment
  • Measurable Skill Gains


Funding and Regional Division WIOA Title I funds are allocated to the state with the majority of those funds subsequently passed on to each of the 12 local areas based on a funding formula that encompasses labor market and demographic characteristics of the geographic areas. Federal law defines the funding formulas. A portion of the funds are made available to the Governor for statewide activities and distributed to local boards and other entities based on criteria at the state level.

State Expenditures: None.

Federal Expenditures: $12,929,201 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016)

Statutory Authority: Federal - Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, P.L. 113-128.

Administered by the Employment Security Department.








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