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In 1998, Congress passed the Workforce Investment Act and President Clinton signed the act that replaced the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) on August 7, 1998.


The intent of the Act was to allow Local Workforce Boards to give oversight to the workforce system, where Job Training, Education, Employment Services, information on job vacancies, and training opportunities are available at a single location.  However, signed into law July 22, 2014 was the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that replaced the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).


The new Act, WIOA began implementation throughout the state, July 1, 2015. The nominations for Private Sector members to serve on the Local Board will still have to be submitted by Chambers of Commerce or Trade Organizations. The Public Sector members will be nominated through the appropriate public agencies.


The Board is now the Local Workforce Development Board and must include all mandatory members with the majority represented by business. The difference between the old Act and the new Act for business members is that the focus is towards the demand industry sector and businesses that provide employment opportunities.


The minimum size of the Local Workforce Development Board is 23 members.


Through our American Job Center - Business and Career Solutions Centers located in Houma, Thibodaux, and Napoleonville, we provide a variety of seamless job placement and training services to all tri-parish citizens and businesses.  All services are provided through a consortium of employees from Work Connection, Inc. and the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Our Business Services and Recruitment and Placement Teams are available to assist employers with matching job openings with qualified applicants. We offer businesses a free web service, visited by thousands of job seekers per day that can help employers recruit qualified job candidates. Our teams also provide a variety of training services including on-the Job Training and  Incumbent Worker Training.  Our Business Services Team is also available to assist employers with obtaining labor market
information through the LA WORKS.NET website. For our customers seeking jobs we offer free memberships to our centers. After becoming members our customers have access to including: job services, electronic resume’ preparation, career exploration, training options, skills interests and skills evaluation.