Annual Report on the Workforce Investment Act
To the United States Department of Labor
Program Year 2004
July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2005
Submitted September 28, 2005
Message from the Governor
The WORKFORCE West Virginia system continued to provide quality employment and training opportunities to the people of West Virginia during Program Year 2004.
Workforce development must continue to serve as a vital partner with education and economic development to ensure the continued growth of West Virginia’s economy. The work performed
by government agencies, service providers, state and local workforce boards, elected officials, and others within the WORKFORCE West Virginia system is essential for the businesses and citizens of our state.
I commend all those who play a role in the continued growth and improvement of the WORKFORCE West Virginia system. Together we will continue to make the highest quality services available to all West Virginians.
With Warmest Regards,
Joe Manchin III
Greetings from the Council Chair
The West Virginia Workforce Investment Council continues to serve as the state-level workforce board envisioned by the federal Workforce Investment Act. However, the Council works hard to do more than merely comply with this legislative requirement. The Council made great strides in the previous year in shaping a comprehensive, integrated system for workforce investment in our state. The Council was pleased to introduce its own comprehensive strategic plan for workforce investment during the preceding program year. This document also served as a building block for efforts to craft and submit West Virginia’s five-year plan for workforce investment to the United
States Department of Labor, which has been approved and is currently in place.
As always, we must continue to seek ongoing improvement of the WORKFORCE West Virginia system. The Council must work with elected officials, government bodies, local boards, and other entities to continue to refine the delivery of workforce services in our state.
Finally, I would like to take a moment to thank the individuals who work every day to improve workforce investment in West Virginia. I would particularly like to extend my thanks to my fellow Council members for their service in carrying out the complex and vital tasks set before this group.
H. Stan Cavendish
West Virginia Workforce Investment Council