Workforce Investment Act


Workforce Investment Act

The U.S. Congress passed the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in 1998 to create a customer-focused approach to investing in workforce activities. Under the act, the Workforce Development Division works with the Alabama Workforce Investment Board and Local Workforce Investment Boards to implement employment, training and career development programs. The governor appoints the state workforce board members to help oversee the statewide workforce investment system, including Alabama's One-Stop Career Centers. The One-Stop Career Centers provide employment assistance, adult education and job training, and other services for adults, youth, dislocated workers and special populations.

The state and local workforce boards develop and administer activities in local workforce investment areas. Working together, board members promote workforce development partnerships with local governments, schools, community colleges, businesses, local chambers of commerce, family service centers, non-profit organizations and others.

There are three workforce investment areas for Alabama:

1. Jefferson County Workforce Investment Area

2. Mobile County Workforce Investment Area

3. Alabama Workforce Investment Area

Jefferson County Workforce Investment Area

The Jefferson County Workforce Investment Area office provides planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation services to participating organizations. The office works to create and operate a premier workforce development system that fosters economic development by linking employers and job seekers with education and training providers, educating and training a marketable workforce, and serving as the resource for information and services to meet the needs of Jefferson County's workforce and employers.

The following PDF documents provide more information on this Jefferson County office.

Mobile County Workforce Investment Area

The Mobile County Workforce Investment Area is known as Mobile Works. Their slogan is "finding quality people for quality jobs."

In order for businesses to grow and compete in the local and global economy, they must have skilled, experienced workers. New and evolving business models reaffirm that education, job training and career development are the cornerstones of economic security for Mobile County's workers.

Mobile Works is dedicated to building a world-class workforce with solutions that create a stronger economy, so that all Mobilians have the opportunity to share in the prosperity of Mobile.

To learn more about Mobile Works and their programs, visit their website:

Alabama Workforce Investment Area

The Alabama Workforce Investment Area covers the other 65 counties in the state.

To find your local career center,