WIA and IT

Most private career schools and colleges that teach technology courses and meet certain criteria participate with their States Workforce programs, these programs collectively fall under the heading of WIA.  WIA stands for Workforce Investment Act, which was a  bill that Congress passed in 1998. It combined and improved a number of federal, state, and local job training programs into one system.

In Maryland there are many “One-Stop Centers” each in different counties. These centers provide unemployed, disadvantaged, and incumbent workers  access to training funds, labor market information, and job counseling .

The bill is up for re-authorization and at the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) annual conference was a the topic of discussion. CompTIA has more on that meeting at http://blog.comptia.org/2011/02/10/wia-to-impact-tech-workforce/