Workforce Development in the United States: Key Legislative Initiatives and the Roles of the Private and Nonprofit Sectors

  • Burt S. Barnow
  • Stefan Toepler
Part of the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies book series (NCSS)


As in many other policy arenas, there is no comprehensive, overall system in place in the United States that guides the variety of existing workforce development programs and measures. Programs tend to emerge in response to specific needs and issues and are frequently tailored towards specific components of the population, such as displaced workers, unemployed youth, welfare recipients, or persons generally living in highly economically distressed areas. This approach has essentially remained unchanged despite various Congressional efforts over the past three decades to pass legislation in this area that would consolidate many — if not most — of the diverse, pre-existing programs. These efforts have included the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) of 1973, the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) of 1982, as well as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998.


Nonprofit Sector Workforce Development Nonprofit Organisation Public Service Employment General Account Office 
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  • Burt S. Barnow
  • Stefan Toepler

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