The Workforce Division serves as staff to the SWIB, who are appointed by the governor to administer WIOA funds and oversee the state’s workforce development initiatives.
At a local level, the Workforce Division provides WIOA funds and technical assistance to the 19 Local Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Areas across the state. WIOA funds are allotted to dislocated workers, low-income adults and youth and administered specifically through services geared toward helping disadvantaged citizens obtain meaningful employment. The Workforce Division’s involvement includes providing mandatory statewide activities and tools, such as a case management system and programmatic and financial monitoring, which is completed annually for each area.
In addition, through WIOA funds and other grants also administered through the Workforce Division, the office leads several macro-level programs and initiatives that improve our state workforce development system as a whole. These initiatives include the Operation: Workforce program, Rapid Response services and ex-offender initiatives.