Yankton Sioux Tribe - Ihanktonwan Nations Employment & Training Program.

Ihanktonwan Nation- Workforce Investment Act:
President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014.  WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.  Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.

WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  In general, the Act takes effect on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment, unless otherwise noted.  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will issue further guidance on the timeframes for implementation of these changes and proposed regulations reflecting the changes in WIOA soon after enactment.


Implementing a demand-driven, integrated national workforce investment system that supports economic growth and that provides workers with the information, advice, job search assistance, supportive services, and training in demand industries and occupations they need to get and keep good jobs and provides employers with skilled workers,


  • Providing national leadership, oversight, policy guidance, and technical assistance to the workforce investment system;
  • Working collaboratively with other federal agencies and partners and stakeholders in business and industry, the continuum of education, and state and local governments to promote a strong economy by building a prepared and competitive workforce, and 
  • Managing strategically in order to ensure high performance, greater public accountability, and service quality. 

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program

The Workforce Investment Act Youth Program provides employment and education services to eligible low-income youth, ages 14 to 21 who face barriers to employment. The program serves in-school and out-of-school youth, youth with disabilities and low literacy rates, as well as others who may require additional assistance to complete an educational program and acquire an industry-recognized credential, or enter employment.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult Program

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult Program promotes the development and implementation of innovative workforce education strategies that enable low-skilled adults to embark on career pathways and earn family sustaining wages.