Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments is the administrative entity for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and employs the staff of the Workforce Development Program. These Workforce Development programs are tailored to suit the needs of both employers and jobseekers in Williamsburg, Horry and Georgetown Counties. By helping the unemployed or underemployed find work that’s right for them, and matching employers up with workers who have the training and skills their businesses require, these programs help bolster economic growth in Waccamaw Regional’s three-county service area. Waccamaw Regional has a full-service SC Works Center in each county it serves. Centers are located in Conway, Georgetown and Kingstree. These facilities are hubs where clients can find a variety of employment and training resources — most offered for free — under one roof.
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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014. This law supersedes the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) which was authorized in 1998. WIOA was written to address the workforce, as well as the economic needs that have changed over the past 16 years. The main objectives of this new Act are to focus on improving the quality of the workforce, reducing welfare dependency, increasing economic self-sufficiency, meeting skills requirements of employers, and enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.
WIOA emphasizes creating career pathways for individuals through a combination of career counseling, vocational training, on the job training and apprenticeships. Local Workforce Development Areas are responsible for identifying career clusters and in-demand jobs specific to their region. Not only will this result in individuals reaching and maintaining economic self-sufficiency, but employers will have more skilled workers to help their companies succeed in the global economy.
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2704 Highmarket Street
Georgetown, SC 29440
Phone: 843. 546. 8581
200-A Victory Lane
Conway SC 29526
Phone: 843. 234. 9675
530 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave
Kingstree, SC 29556
Phone: 843. 546. 8581
Waccamaw Workforce Development Board brings employers and job seekers together in South Carolina. The majority of the WWDB members are business representatives. Other members include representatives of education providers, labor organizations, community-based organizations, economic development agencies, and programs participating in the one-stop system. In our area, Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments serves as the administrative entity and fiscal agent for the Workforce Investment Board.