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.

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Jose was a West Linn Paper employee but was laid off in 2020. Rethinking his career options, Jose received WIOA funding assistance for tuition and support services. His workforce advisor helped with academic counseling, a term-by-term outline, and Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applications. Jose eventually enrolled in Clackamas Community College. Jose also enrolled in the DWG-Disaster Recovery in 2020 and received support services to assist him with tutoring fees and his job search. This tutoring enabled Jose to pass his most challenging classes and earn his degree. 

Jose graduated in September 2020 and obtained multiple certifications: an AAS Degree in manufacturing technology, a one-year certificate in manufacturing, and a CNC Certificate. He also obtained his CPR/First Aid and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certifications.

Jose earned full-time employment as a Systems Integration Technician, where he earned $18 an hour. In March 2021, however, he was able to find an even better job opportunity. He started working as a Machine Operator. Jose now earns $24 an hour and enjoys full benefits.

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.