The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is federally funded legislation passed in 2014 to assist Adults, Dislocated Workers, and Youth to prepare for the job market or re-entry into the job market. The funding comes from the United States Department of Labor to the state level through the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and then is distributed to the thirteen local workforce development areas throughout Tennessee. We are the Southwest Local Workforce Development Area and cover eight counties in West Tennessee.
The 19 member Southwest Local Workforce Development Board, comprised of representatives of mandated public sector partners and private sector representatives is the governing body for Southwest LWDA. The private sector representation must make up at least 51% of the local board.
Our administrative entity is Southwest Human Resource Agency, with the chief elected officials in our eight counties having the oversight of our local area.
We are also a part of the American Job Center which includes several other partners that deliver services as part of the One-Stop concept. We have offices located in all eight counties we serve.
We provide assistance in the form of Career Services to adults, dislocated workers, and youth. These three classifications of our population all have their own criteria for eligibility to receive assistance.
I hope you will take time to explore our website to better understand our program and all it has to offer the job seekers and employers in the eight counties we serve in West Tennessee.
Jimmy Bell, Director