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Workforce Investment Act
Connecticut's Workforce Investment System

Last Updated: November 15, 2016

Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) 

The Connecticut Department of Labor is responsible for oversight, strategic planning,  policy making and monitoring of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services statewide.  Within CT DOL, the WIA Administration Unit addresses these responsibilities and works with the local Workforce Investment Boards to ensure provision of service that is compliant with federal and state requirements.  The WIA Administration Unit also oversees the coordination and implementation of National Emergency Grants (NEGs), incumbent worker training grants and summer youth employment programs. 

The Office for Workforce Competitiveness (OWC)

The Office of Workforce Competitiveness (OWC) serves Connecticut Employment and Training Commission (CETC)

Designated by the Governor in 1989 as Connecticutís highest workforce development policy body, the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission (CETC) oversees and improves the coordination of all education, employment, and training programs in Connecticut. The CETC provides an effective vehicle to continuously develop state and local policies, processes, and structures to achieve its workforce investment goals. Business and industry representatives comprise the majority of the 24-member Commission, with the rest representing state and local governments, organized labor, education, community-based organizations, and the general public.  

Local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) 

Local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) are responsible for oversight, strategic planning and policy making related to workforce development activities provided through local One-offices. The membership of the LWIBs includes representatives of community-based organizations, state and local organized labor, state and municipal government, human service agencies, economic development agencies, community colleges and other educational institutions, including secondary and post-secondary institutions and regional vocational technical schools. 

There are five LWIBs in Connecticut:

Click here for a map of the towns in each Local Workforce Investment Board region. (PDF, 185KB)

One Stop Offices (also known as American Job Centers)

Connecticutís One Stop Offices provide a broad array of services for businesses and job seekers.  Services include Job Search and Career Workshops, Business Seminars, fully equipped Computer Labs and Resource Libraries, and copying, mailing and faxing services.  In addition, customers can receive Labor Market Information, Career Counseling, Skills Assessment, Job Development and Placement Assistance, Job Training and Tuition Assistance programs, and supportive services such as Child Care and Transportation for qualified individuals.


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