State Department of Labor attends WIOA Convention in Washington, D.C.

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A delegation from the Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL) attended the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Convention in Washington, a one-time meeting of state workforce partners to assist in finalizing the act, which will take effect July 1, and have been using Twitter to update followers on the convention’s movements.

Six representatives from the department attended the event at a cost of $395 per person, paid for with grant money, including: Commissioner Fitzgeral Washington, Employment Services Director Robert Brantley, Area Managers Brinda Barrett and Ruby Beezley, Labor Market Information Assistant Director Tonya Lee and Employment Security Senior Manager Stephen Smith.

The act is designed to consolidate job training programs under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 into a single funding stream, amend the Wagner-Peyser Act, reauthorize programs for adult education and programs under the 1973 Rehabilitation Act.

“Our staff is able to network with similar staff across the country to discuss issues related to the upcoming implementation of this very complex legislation,” said ADOL Communications Director Tara Hutchison. “There are many plenary sessions and workshops designed to help staff better understand and implement the various programs represented.”

“The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act provides for so many opportunities for the unemployed and underemployed,” Hutchison continued. “From job training to educational programs, there is something for almost everyone to take advantage of. ADOL and the 48 Career Centers located throughout the state are prepared to assist anyone who needs these services in any way possible.”

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