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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

President Barack Obama signed WIOA into law on July 22, 2014 and most provisions of the law go into effect on July 1, 2015. 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. 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. 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.

Arkansas WIOA Law

Eastern Arkansas One-Stop Operator and Title I Service Provider Request for Qualifications

Chief Elected Officials (CEO) Membership Guide

WIOA Fact Sheet


WIOA Quick Start Action Planner

WIOA State Plan

WIOA Local Plans

WIOA Summary


Vision Arkansas

Vision Arkansas Workforce Development Delivery System


Preliminary WIOA Policies

CEO Roles and Responsibilities

Certification of Local Workforce Development Boards

Eligibility for Adult Programs

Eligibility for Dislocated Workers Programs

Eligibility for Youth Programs

Initial ETPL Eligibility Certification

Performance Accountability Policy


Staff Training

WIOA Partners' Meeting
March 2-3, 2017
The Hotel Hot Springs & Spa
Hot Springs, Arkansas


Meeting Materials



WIOA Partners' Meeting
September 29-30, 2016
Embassy Suites Hotel
11301 Financial Centre Parkway
Little Rock, Arkansas


Meeting Materials


Local Workforce Development Board Member Training

April 27, 2016
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel
424 West Markham
Little Rock, Arkansas

Local Board Member Training Flyer

Implementing WIOA in Arkansas

November 30-December 1, 2015
Strategic Planning to Improve Talent Development in Arkansas
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Little Rock, Arkansas


Meeting Materials

September 17-18, 2015
WIOA Partners' Meeting
ASU Mid-South, West Memphis, Arkansas



July 21 - 22, 2015
DoubleTree Hotel
Little Rock, Arkansas


Conference Materials

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services is sponsoring a two-day training and strategy session on implementing WIOA in Arkansas. This interactive two-day session will highlight the key changes of WIOA and the impact it will have on workforce development in Arkansas. The meeting starts at 10:00 a.m. on July 21 and ends at 4:00 p.m. on July 22, 2015.

Who Should Attend?
  • Employers
  • Education Leaders
  • Economic Development Professionals
  • Community Development Professionals
  • Elected Officials
  • Workforce Board Members
  • Workforce Board Staff
  • Workforce Development Professionals
  • Two-Year Colleges
  • Workforce and Education Agencies
  • Community-Based Organizations
  • Registered Apprenticeship
  • Arkansas Workforce Center Staff
  • Training Providers
  • Anyone invested in workforce
    development in Arkansas

WIOA Training Flyer

About the Trainer/Facilitator

Maher & Maher is a specialized change management and workforce development consulting firm that delivers tailored solutions to public sector organizations and commercial clientele. Now in their 30th year, the firm is known for innovative organizational development solutions that focus on managing change, fostering collaboration, process improvement, specialized training, message customization, e-Learning strategy and design, and executive and work group facilitation. Their work features key, cutting-edge projects at all levels of the workforce development system and it is the combination of their practices at the Federal, State, regional and local levels (combined with a vibrant private sector-based practice) that has kept them at the cutting edge of managing change throughout these arenas.

Maher & Maher is currently ETA's Technical Assistance provider for WIOA Implementation, Sector Strategy Development, Apprenticeship, and several other key WIOA-related activities. A great source of Maher's strength lies in their emphasis and capacity to integrate lessons learned from their Federal practice projects and apply them to engagements at the state and regional level, which they have most recently done in Kentucky, Atlanta, Illinois, Louisiana and now in South Carolina. This advantage is multiplied in that the great majority of their projects also involve key players in economic development, education and the private sector.

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