Goodwill Industries International, Inc. and local affiliate, Ohio Valley Goodwill applaud the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The long over-due bill modernizes and improves existing federal workforce development programs, helping put Americans back to work by revamping the nation’s outdated workforce development system and strengthening the economy.
“We congratulate the Senate and the House for passing this bill, which provides workers and taxpayers the job training solutions they need and deserve in order to prepare for jobs that are currently going unfilled,” said Jim Gibbons, Goodwill Industries International president and CEO. “It is time to send this bill to the President’s desk for signature and help millions of Americans find and keep good jobs.”
“At Goodwill we are encouraged by the fact that the law will ensure that youth with disabilities are put on a pathway of services and training environments that provide choice–whether that’s ongoing skills training or a continuum of community based services,” said Jim Gibbons, Goodwill Industries International president and CEO. “What matters most, for all people, is that there is the opportunity for choice.”
Like Goodwill, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act provides access to training, education and work opportunity services that all of America’s workers need to compete in today’s global economy. Overall, the act maintains the nation’s core job training programs, increases accountability metrics, reduces bureaucracy, improves programs for people with disabilities, and strengthens ties between the state’s regional workforce development councils and employers. For more information about Ohio Valley Goodwill’s programs and services, visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services.