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About Us

The Napa-Lake Workforce Investment Board (NLWIB) is the single organization in our community with workforce development at the center of all of its work. The NLWIB understands that a strong local economy is characterized by an abundance of well-paying jobs and that the availability of a skilled workforce will help assure economic success for our businesses. In order to promote a strong local economy, the NLWIB assures the integration of effective employment, training, education, and business services for job seekers, workers and employers.

Our Vision: A strong local economy in which employers have an ample supply of skilled labor resources and residents have access to an abundance of quality jobs.

Our Mission
: To respond to the labor and training needs of our employers and job seekers by designing a workforce delivery system that is outcome based, leverages community resources, explores new training alternatives, and influences education and workforce policy.

Our Partnership: The NLWIB works in partnership with the Napa County Board of Supervisors to oversee local workforce development activities and to establish programs and services in response to the workforce needs of Napa and Lake Counties. The vast majority of our funds are grants from the federal government for workforce development services (typically Workforce Investment Act funds). The State of California and the NLWIB adopt policies or rules that apply to the expenditure of these funds. Our programs generally result in no net costs to Napa County. In addition, over a recent 7 year period, the NLWIB secured over $15 million in supplemental funding for local and regional workforce development programs.

About the Workforce Investment Act (WIA): For an overview of the Workforce Investment Act, see About the Workforce Investment Act.

About the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): WIOA was signed into law on July 22, 2014 and is to be implemented on July 1, 2015. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in more than 15 years. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market, and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Every year the key programs that form the pillars of WIOA help tens of millions of job seekers and workers to connect to good jobs and acquire the skills and credentials needed to obtain them. WIOA replaces the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and retains and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
WIOA Highlights:
Requires States to Strategically Align Workforce Development Programs
Promotes Accountability and Transparency
Fosters Regional Collaboration
Improves the American Job Center (AJC) System
Improves Services to Employers and Promotes Work-Based Training
Provides Access to High Quality Training
Enhances Workforce Services for the Unemployed and Other Job Seekers
Improves Services to Individuals with Disabilities
Makes Key Investments in Serving Disconnected Youth and Other Vulnerable Populations
Enhances the Job Corps Program
Reinforces Connections with Registered Apprenticeship (RA)
Streamlines and Strengthens the Strategic Roles of Workforce Development Boards
Click here for more information on WIOA.

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