Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Annual Statewide Performance Report Narrative Success Stories

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires states to submit a WIOA Annual Statewide Performance Report Narrative highlighting the progress of the state in meeting their strategic vision and goals for their workforce development system. Many states highlight success stories that focus attention on achievements of program participants.

This webpage features success stories submitted by states via the Statewide Performance Report Narrative, and includes publications that list all success stories that were submitted.

WIOA Success Story Feature of the Month
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Richard, a U.S. Army veteran, first came into the Anchorage Midtown Job Center in April 2023 seeking veteran services. JVSG staff identified that Richard was eligible for services under VPL 03-14: he was homeless, low income, and had a justice-involved background. While his prior convictions made it difficult for Richard to obtain employment, JVSG staff identified career fields to accommodate that limitation. 

As current labor market information for Structural Iron and Steel Workers indicates there is a projected growth between 4 to 7 percent in the state of Alaska, with his experience as a Roadbuster in another state, Richard and staff decided to pursue the Ironworkers 751 Apprenticeship program. JVSG staff connected Richard with the union’s Apprenticeship Coordinator, and they accepted him into their apprenticeship program. 

The Local 751 Ironworkers complete a four-year, 6,000-hour apprenticeship program including structural steel, welding, and rigging. Since Richard already had some work experience, he was quickly dispatched in May 2023 to work for Whalen Construction at the Port of Alaska in Anchorage with the starting wage of $24.89 per hour. Richard was also co-enrolled in the WIOA Adult program and received assistance with tools and gear to maintain employment and complete his apprenticeship. As of September 2023, Richard is working with Iron Inc., earning $25.79 per hour.

WIOA Success Stories

The publications linked below highlights success stories and provides valuable examples of how states are implementing WIOA to help job seekers gain employment.