Under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) law, each state has Workforce Development Boards charged with directing federal, state and local funding to workforce development programs. Workforce Development Boards also oversee the workforce centers, where job seekers can get employment information, find out about career development training opportunities and connect to various programs in their area. Wyoming has one state-level Workforce Development Board which advises the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services and its 20 full-service Workforce Centers in the State. In Wyoming, this board is called the Wyoming Workforce Development Council (WWDC) and serves in the capacity as “Local Board(s)” as well.

The WWDC is a 30-member board charged with assisting the Governor in directing Wyoming’s workforce development system, ensuring the system is fundamental in supporting robust regional and state economies and producing a high quality, self-sufficient workforce valued by Wyoming employers. Members represent a range of groups including business and industry, organized labor, state Legislature, education, social service agencies and others who have a stake in employment and training issues. The WWDC regularly assesses Wyoming’s employment needs, advises the Governor on setting performance goals and priorities to improve workforce development system and helps leaders to shape workforce development policy at the local level. The WWDC has been empowered by the WIOA and the Governor to promote, fund and oversee Sector Strategies and Career Pathways and Apprenticeships for the State of Wyoming. 

As a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Public Law 113-128, the Wyoming Workforce Development Council has been reappointed in-line with Governor Matthew H. Mead's Executive Order 2015-5.

WIOA was written "to amend the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to strengthen the United States workforce development system through innovation in, and alignment and improvement of, employment, training, and education programs in the United States, and to promote individual and national economic growth, and for other purposes."

WIOA authorizes and brings together the following core programs:

  • Employment and training services for adults, dislocated workers and youth;
  • Wagner-Peyser employment services;
  • Adult education and literacy programs; and
  • Vocational Rehabilitation state grant programs that assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment

Workforce Investment Act & Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Side-by-Side from NASWA

The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education have issued five rules implementing WIOA. WIOA is landmark legislation that is designed to strengthen and improve our nation's public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.

On August 19, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education announce the publication of the WIOA final rules in the Federal Register:

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