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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

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In July of 2015, The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) replaced the Workforce Investment Act. WIOA seeks to more fully integrate Wisconsin’s workforce and talent development systems to better serve employers and job seekers in our country.

In South Central Wisconsin, the WorkSmart Network provides WIOA programming that are designed to help businesses develop strategies to meet their hiring needs and to help job seekers obtain the work related skills and experience necessary to meet those needs. Through weekly information sessions WorkSmart staff meet with individuals who are interested in job placement and training assistance for high wage, high demand employment opportunities in our region. Some of the specific resources our staff utilize to assist job seekers include On-the-Job Training, Paid Work Experience, Job Placement and Job Retention Assistance, Industry focused short term training activities (ie Welding, Computer Basics, Industrial Foundations) and long term training activities (Associate degree programs in high demand careers).

WorkSmart is administered by the Workforce Development Board of Southcentral Wisconsin. The Employment and Training Association is the local board’s largest contracted service provider. EATA provides WIOA services to Employers, Dislocated Workers and Low Income Adults in the Southcentral Wisconsin region.

WIOA Eligibility Requirements

Dislocated Worker

  • Laid-off due to no fault of your own, business closing.
  • Previously self-employed
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States

Adult Program

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Legally eligable to work in the United States
  • Income eligible


To learn more about WorkSmart Network please contact us at (608) 288-2459 or register for a WIOA WorkSmart information session on-line at