The Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board receives Federal funding under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This funding requires that we are:
- Aligned with local in-demand industry needs for workforce, specifically where overall job growth and total job openings are positive.
- Focused on closing the skill and wage gaps for individuals with higher barriers, including youth, individuals with disabilities, limited English speakers, and more.
Congress reauthorized this funding through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in 2014 with the goal:
“to provide workforce investment activities, through statewide and local systems that increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants, and increase attainment of recognized credentials by participants, and as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, increase economic self-sufficiency, meet the skill requirements of employers, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the Nation.” – 29 U.S. Code § 3101 – Purposes