Adult and Dislocated Workers

Whether you need help starting or planning a career, working toward a degree or certification, or overcoming barriers to employment, the Bay Area Workforce Development Board team is here for you. We have a team of career services specialists that specialize in delivering workforce services and solutions to help adults, dislocated workers, and young adults across our 11-county region succeed.

Find out more information about Bay Area Workforce Development Board’s Adult Programming.

Adult Program

Dislocated Worker Program

Contact Information

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

One of our funding sources is the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which helps us create workforce development initiatives and programs. Thanks to this federal legislation, we help people access employment, training and supportive services to succeed in the workforce. Under WIOA, we also bring together business leaders and stakeholders to address industry workforce needs.

WIOA is designed to strengthen and improve our nation’s public workforce system and help get people – including those with significant barriers to employment – into high-quality careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.

Adult Program

The Adult Program serves individuals and helps employers meet their workforce needs. It enables participants to obtain meaningful, self-sustaining wage employment by providing them with intensive job search assistance and training opportunities. (Link to our Adult and Dislocated Worker Program Guide for more information.)

Dislocated Worker Program


The Dislocated Worker program is designed to help workers return to the workforce as quickly as possible and overcome barriers to employment. When individuals become dislocated workers as a result of job loss, mass layoffs, global trade dynamics, or transitions in economic sectors, the Dislocated Worker program provides comprehensive services typically accompanying training to assist in re-entering the workforce.  (Link to our Adult and Dislocated Worker Program Guide for more information.)

The Adult and Dislocated Worker programs can provide many different services to help you enter the workforce, including:

  • Career exploration
  • Career assessments
  • Career counseling and planning
  • Job search and placement assistance
  • Resume and cover letter development
  • Interview preparation
  • Employer connections
  • Training, education, and certification options
  • Apprenticeship, on-the-job training, and internship connections
  • Work readiness support
  • Supportive services
  • And more

What to Expect

We’ll meet one-on-one with you to determine your eligibility for WIOA programs. This means we may ask you for documents to verify your employment status, income, identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. We’ll also work with you on assessments to determine what skills you have and what career pathway is right for you.

From there we’ll help you build a career plan. We’ll work with you to create a resume and cover letter, prepare for interviews and connect with local employers. We ask that you regularly check in with your career planner, even after you find a job, to share career updates or challenges you’re facing.

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about the WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker Program, contact the Career Services Specialist in your county.

For general information regarding the WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker Program, please contact Policy and Performance Manager, Cheryl Neuens.