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The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) is designed to provide an efficient, effective and convenient system for job seekers to find jobs, employers to locate new workers, and for both to have access to information to assist them in developing career and business plans. Some key principles behind this legislation that went into effect in Iowa on July 1, 2000, and replaced the former Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), include: 

  • Streamlining services through a one-stop local delivery system. Customers can go one place to get answers to their questions;

  • Empowering customers to obtain services needed to enhance their employment opportunities; and

  • Improving youth programs through academic and occupational learning.

Some of the core WIA services include help in résumé development, job hunting skills, filing unemployment insurance claims, and finding out how to get information about employment and training programs’ cost and performance.

Intensive WIA services are available for persons who remain unemployed or underemployed after using some or all of the core services listed above. Examples of such services include individual career counseling, job seeking skills classes, skills assessment, and job development assistance.

Persons who do not become self-sufficient after using intensive services may qualify for training funds and services through ECIA Region One Employment and Training and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission Employment and Training Additional workforce partners can be found at Workforce Development Center system partners. These partners are required to provide access to training programs for adults, youth and dislocated workers, as well as services and information, for employment programs, unemployment claims, and services to veterans, long-term welfare recipients, older workers, the disabled, and persons in need of adult education and literacy programs. Here is a list of WIA-approved training providers.

Under WIA, each Workforce Investment Region must have a Youth Advisory Council designated to provide expertise and recommendations regarding youth employment and training policies. 

Region 1 Local Board Members

Sally Falb, Chair - West Union

Rachel Gooder - Cresco

Ronald Kopps - Peosta

Sherry Mattke - Fredericksburg

Linus Rothmeyer - Calmar

Troy Smith - Dubuque

James Vermazen - Manchester

Jim Waller - Dubuque

Dan White - Dubuque


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