Plan Draft Comments to the
Purchase/Pennyrile Local Area Workforce Investment Act Strategic five-year Plan update for years three and four (Program Years 2007 and 2008).
The updated plan (link above) is being posted for further review and comment. Local officials approved
the draft Purchase/Pennyrile Local Area Workforce Plan on May 8, 2007, and the West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board approved the changes on May 3, 2007. The West Kentucky Workforce
Investment Board will consider incorporation of any comments that are appropriate to the plan. Minimal modifications have been made to the plan in anticipation of the forthcoming reauthorization of
the Workforce Investment Act. Please address your comments to
Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
Workforce Development issues pervade every community's needs as they prepare to move to a New
Economy with 21st Century opportunities and meet changing demands. The Department of Labor governs workforce development initiatives mainly through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA).
Under this Act, local areas are charged with establishing a local "One-Stop Career Center system" in order to develop a seamless approach to assisting individuals and businesses in employment
and training activities.
The West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (WKWIB)
is a non-profit organization responsible for managing local workforce development projects throughout the Purchase/Pennyrile regions, in conjunction
with local elected officials. The WKWIB subcontracts with the Purchase and Pennyrile Area Development Districts to provide services in the local regions.
The West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (WKWIB) governs the local One-Stop Career Center System in
the Purchase and Pennyrile counties of Kentucky. Partners in the Career Center include WIA, Office of Employment and Training, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Adult Education.
Major initiatives that the WKWIB continues to support include:
WIA Services Overview
WIA services are available to unemployed or underemployed adults, dislocated workers (those people who
have lost jobs through no fault of their own), and youth. Eligibility is determined by WIA Workforce Specialists who are located at all three area Career Centers. Services may include the following:
include eligibility determination, skill assessments, labor market information, unemployment insurance, internet usage, and staff-assisted job search
assistance and job referrals.
include comprehensive and specialized assessments, group/individual counseling, career planning, intensive case management, out-of-area job search
assistance, relocation assistance, and work experience or On-the-Job Training (OJT).
include occupational skills training, workplace training, cooperative education programs, job readiness training, adult education/literacy, or traditional
For more information, contact WKWIB staff at the Purchase Area Development District at 270-247-7171 or toll free at 1-877-352-5183.