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MS in Human Resource Development




The purpose of this study is to analyze and interpret the requirements that the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) imposes on state and local workforce development initiatives. The research methodology was based on the two-part Near Model, which (1) determines the viability of a study and then (2) develops the process for project implementation. Initially, a case outline was constructed and sampling plan developed, which fulfilled the data requirements of the outline. The sampling plan included documents extracted from Federal and state government reports, websites and journal articles. Interviews were conducted in person and by telephone with individuals involved with writing, implementing or allocating funds in regards to WIA. An analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the Act are reviewed in the final section of the manuscript. This study resulted in a report and a presentation, which offers a historical review of WIA; the governance structure at the Federal, state and local levels; and the specific requirements applied to the post-secondary training providers.

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