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Mayor Bowser Releases Workforce Improvement Plan, Celebrates Changes at the Workforce Investment Council

Friday, February 12, 2016

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the release of DC’s draft strategic plan to improve the workforce system. She also used the opportunity to announce important changes to the Workforce Investment Council (WIC).

“This morning, we released a blueprint for a coordinated, accessible, world-class workforce development system,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “In a city as prosperous as ours, everyone deserves a fair shot.  And by improving our workforce development system, we are putting more District residents on their pathway to the middle class”

The Bowser Administration is committed to improving employment services and supports for DC residents. That includes overhauling the city’s workforce development system to better equip residents for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

The DC Works Plan has a twofold purpose: 1) to comply with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and 2) to lay out a strategic vision and plan for the District. WIOA is a federal law that outlines how workforce programs are delivered nationwide. Each state must create its own plan, and DC is using the WIOA process to create an innovative, comprehensive plan to move the city forward.

“Our charge is clear: To improve DC’s workforce system so that every DC resident is ready, able, and empowered to discover and attain their fullest potential,”  said Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity Courtney R. Snowden. “Through the DC Works plan, we will fundamentally change how our system supports DC residents and DC businesses seeking qualified employees, creating a pipeline to jobs and opportunity.”

DC’s State Plan to comply with WIOA lays out specific strategies and operational components for overall workforce system improvements. There is special attention paid to high-growth industries and youth programs to support residents – today, and in the years to come.

Mayor Bowser also celebrated the appointment of Odie Donald as executive director of the WIC, and the transfer of this agency to the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity Cluster. The WIC office has moved to the Mayor’s East of the River Office and will provide additional oversight to the city’s workforce system.

“I am thrilled to join Mayor Bowser, Deputy Mayor Snowden, and WIC Board Chair Andy Shallal in taking on the challenge of improving DC’s workforce development system,” said Director Donald. “There is a real culture of change when it comes to workforce in the District and I look forward to improving our system to better serve the residents of the District.”

To learn more about the WIC and the DC Works plan, visit dcworks.dc.gov or read the fact sheet.