The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) established the creation of workforce investment areas in the State of Ohio and certified the Workforce Development Boards around the state. The Lorain County Workforce Development Board, in partnership with the Lorain County Board of Commissioners, develops a strategic plan, oversees WIOA Title I (Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth) program funds and provides oversight to the one-stop delivery system, selects the One-Stop operator, negotiates local performance measures with the Governor's office and coordinates local board activities with local economic development strategies. The Lorain County Board of Commissioners has designated Lorain County Workforce Development Agency to serve as the administrative and Fiscal Agent for the WIOA programs.
The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to identify and coordinate a variety of workforce development resources to create a seamless, integrated system that addresses the needs of employers, job seekers and workers by offering a variety of education, job training, human service, and other workforce development services to residents of the region. Partners in OhioMeansJobs Lorain County began meeting in 1997 to establish a collaboration, which exemplified the intent of the Workforce Investment Act and thereafter the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This MOU establishes commitments, joint processes, and procedures that enable partners to integrate basic and individual career services according to a plan that further defines service and resource commitments. This document outlines our agreements and service delivery strategies and includes, as addenda, all specific agreements made with any individual partner.