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The mission of DeKalb Workforce Development (DWD) is to provide workforce investment activities through statewide and local investment systems that increase employment, retention and earnings of participants. The result would increase occupational skill attainment by participants, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the Nation.

The vision of DeKalb Workforce Development (DWD) is to lead in innovation and employer-driven workforce solutions for the State of Georgia.
Our Values:
Customer Focused – Meeting jobseekers where they are by creating a knowledge-based economy through broad public-private partnerships and optimizing technology.
Industry Driven – Talent development investments based on the specific skill needs of key industry sectors.
Accountability & Transparency – Enhance performance metrics and processes that increase the accountability of DWD’s employment and training services to help improve customer services to jobseekers and employers alike.

Overview: The DeKalb Workforce Development (DWD) is a County department that is 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) serving the unemployed and underemployed citizens of DeKalb County by providing work readiness programs, services, and activities that garner sustainable wages. DeKalb Workforce Development (DWD) is governed by the new legislation that became effective July 1, 2015 (i.e. The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act [WIOA] signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 22, 2014) that amends the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and Adult Education & Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998.
DeKalb Workforce Development administers various employment/training programs for Adults, Dislocated Workers and Youth ages 14-24. Supportive services defined by WIOA are Career and Training services that are deemed reasonable and necessary to enable participant in the program. The participant must meet all criteria in the Individual Employment Plan (IEP), Case Notes for Adults/Dislocated Workers, Individual Service Strategy (ISS) assessment, determination of need and other documentation for provision of goods and services.
Training Services for Adults & Dislocated Workers include occupational skills training through Individual Training Accounts (ITA) and work-based training services. Training services include work experience, customized training, incumbent worker training, On-the-Job Training (OJT) and other employer-based training that enables a participant to participate in authorized WIOA activities. This is in consultation with One-Stop partners and other community service providers.

Youth Services promote youth development through year-round employment and training activities for economically disadvantaged youth. Activities include occupational skills training, academic tutoring, academic enrichment activities, leadership development, mentoring and internships.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a federal program that was signed into law in July 2014, and went into effect in Georgia in July 2015. WIOA is the nation’s principal workforce development legislation, which provides funds to address the employment and training needs of dislocated workers, low-income adults and youth to ultimately help Georgia businesses meet the needs for today, tomorrow and the future. The Governor has appointed the State Workforce Development Board (SWDB) to administer WIOA funds and designated Workforce Division staff to SWDB, assisting in the regulation of WIOA funds which are distributed throughout 19 Local Workforce Development Areas across the state.

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