The U.S. Department of Labor, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, announced that Georgia is eligible to receive Workforce Investment Act (WIA) incentive grant awards. Georgia is one of only 15 states named to receive these funds. In order to become eligible for these incentive grant awards, a state must have exceeded its performance levels for WIA (Title I) and adult education (Title II) in Program Year 2011. Georgia is set to receive $717,658 to be put to use by June 30, 2015.
“This announcement is evidence that Georgia is on the right path to building a strong workforce and ultimately lowering our unemployment rate,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “I am encouraged to see our state agencies working together to exceed performance goals. It is this type of collaboration that will lead Georgia to be the No. 1 place to do business.”
The performance related goals used to determine a state’s eligibility status are entered employment after training and related services, retention in employment, improvements in literacy levels and increased number of degree attainment. Meeting these requirements was a collaborative effort of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, Georgia Department of Labor, the Technical College System of Georgia-Adult Education and Georgia Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education (CTAE) department.
The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development (GOWD) will be responsible for the distribution of oversight of the incentive grant award monies. GOWD will work with partner agencies to allocate the funds for various workforce and education programs.
“This is a great accomplishment for Georgia’s workforce development and education efforts,” said Blake Ashbee, interim executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development. “These funds will be used in the most efficient manner to continue to strengthen Georgia’s workforce and ultimately Georgia’s economy.”
Statewide performance achievements for PY 2011 include:
- 71.9 percent of unemployed adults who entered the WIA program were able to find employment within three months of completing the program.
- 89.9 percent of dislocated workers who found employment within three months after completing the program were still employed nine months later.
- 69 percent of youth participants attained a credential or diploma within six months of program completion
About the Workforce Investment Act in Georgia:
The federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) was signed into law in August 1998, and went into effect in Georgia in July 2000. The Governor designated the Governor's Office of Workforce Development (GOWD) as the state agency responsible for implementation of WIA in December 2011. The Governor also appointed the State Workforce Investment Board to help plan and develop Georgia's overall workforce system. The State Workforce Investment Board is comprised of several committees for Youth, Re-employment Services, Executive Committee and Local WIA Guidance.