The federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) was signed into law on August 7, 1998 and provides the framework for a unique national workforce preparation and employment system designed to meet both the needs of the nation's businesses and the needs of job seekers and those who want to further their careers. The Act superseded the earlier Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) and was designed to allow greater flexibility in local decision-making. The WIA allows agencies to administer federal funding through the Department of Labor in order to promote the development of training and employment programs at the local level where the needs of businesses and individuals are best understood.
The WIA supports Mono County workforce and business development by allocating federal funds that enable the County to offer a comprehensive range of workforce development activities through the Career Services Center (CSC). The CSC is a department within the County which promotes an increase in employment, job retention, earnings, and occupational skills development for program participants, resulting in an overall improvement of workforce quality, reduced welfare dependence, and increased productivity and competitiveness. Additionally, the CSC is committed to helping businesses with employment and training needs by providing access to a highly trained and motivated workforce through applicant recruiting and screening, on-the-job and customized training opportunities, and assistance for laid off workers.
Because the CSC is federally funded by the WIA, all services are provided free of charge to job seekers and employers.