Workforce Investment Act
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is the nation’s principal workforce development legislation, providing funds to address the employment and training needs of adults, dislocated workers and youth. In North Carolina, programs are delivered through a network of twenty-three Local Areas, each with a business-led policy and oversight board called a Workforce Development Board (WDB). Each Board has a Youth Council whose members have a special interest in youth policy.
The youth program is designed to create local youth systems that are closely linked to the labor market and provide youth with a set of year-round comprehensive service strategies based on the youth’s individualized assessment. The youth program blends youth development activities with traditional employment and training activities.