Workforce Development Board

Lafayette Workforce Development Board
706 E. Vermilion
Lafayette LA, 70501
Office: (337) 262-1136
Fax: (227) 262-5604
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President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA

establishes the Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) and is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system. WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In general, the Act takes effect on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment, unless otherwise noted.  

The Lafayette Workforce Investment Board serves Lafayette Parish and receives federal money that is used to provide a variety of services to businesses and job seekers through the Lafayette Business and Career Solutions Center. The Lafayette WIB develops strategy for the federal money based on labor statistics and input from its business members. In addition, the board serves as a key intermediary between business, job seekers, and training providers. The Lafayette WIB host the Business Advisory Committee which allows the business community to network, voice concerns and gain vital information on an array of topics which affect employers from recruitment to workforce generation gaps. The board also has a youth committee which focuses on preparing youth for the workforce. Other WIB activities include:
  • Strategic Planning
  • Releasing Request for Proposals
  • Selecting Service Providers
  • Submitting Grant applications
  • Financial Budgeting
  • Compliance and Equal Opportunity Monitoring


Lafayette Workforce Development Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes can be found by accessing the calendar or by clicking here.

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WIOA brings together, in strategic coordination, the core programs of Federal investment in skill development:
  • employment and training services for adults, dislocated workers, and youth and Wagner-Peyser employment services administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) through formula grants to states; and
  • adult education and literacy programs and Vocational Rehabilitation state grant programs that assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment administered by the Department of Education (DoED).
For more information on WIOA, please visit
To contact the Lafayette Workforce Investment Board regarding membership, training partnerships, special projects, grants or questions, please contact us at:
Lafayette Workforce Investment Board
706 E. Vermilion
Lafayette LA, 70501
Office: (337) 262-1136
Fax: (227) 262-5604


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To find out how to become a member of the Business Advisory Committee or meeting times and topics, please contact:
Barbara Prejean, Business Service Representative at:
Phone: (337) 262-5559
To find out about the services offered through the Lafayette Business and Career Solutions Center, access the link below.


Workforce Development State, Regional, and Local Plans


Other Information:
Workforce Development Youth PowerPoint Presentation
Governor on workforce development