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Economic Recovery Activities - Workforce Development

The Workforce Board, in conjunction with the Governor's office, is maintaining this website to help you track the economic stimulus activities in Washington resulting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The Workforce Board manages two ARRA grants:

Washington's Energy Sector Partnership Grant

Health Career Pathways from Long-Term to Acute Care
(Washington Health Care Worker Training Coalition)

How Workforce Investment Act (WIA) money works
Job training dollars flow through local Workforce Development Councils which are comprised of leaders from business, government and labor. These councils operate one-stop employment centers, called WorkSource centers which provides advice to unemployed workers and others needing assistance about their options for education and training.

The federal Workforce Investment Act provides training dollars to eligible participants through this WorkSource system. In general, training providers must be on the state's Eligible Training Provider list and meet minimum performance results for earnings and employment to help ensure these federal dollars are well spent.

Recovery Act goes a step beyond traditional WIA money
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act workforce funds dollars flow through three existing funding streams:

  1. WIA Adult, for low-income residents in general ($9,694,268 for Washington).
  2. WIA Dislocated Worker, for people who have been laid off ( $22,142,010 for Washington).
  3. WIA Youth, for at-risk young people ages 16-24 ($23,445,432 for Washington).

These funds come with the same eligibility requirements and restrictions as regular WIA funds, but expand their flexibility or reinforce their focus in several key areas:

  • Funds can be used to purchase classes at local community and technical colleges or other training providers, instead of being restricted to training vouchers that recipients take to the training provider of their choice. This helps build in additional capacity in the training system, boosting the number of students that can be served at one time.
  • The Recovery Act requires summer 2009 employment opportunities for young people.
  • Age guidelines have been adjusted upward so that youth are eligible through age 24 instead of age 21

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