The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 authorizes funds to provide the employment and training services of various programs and organizations through a network of one-stop career centers. The centers are operated under the guidance of the Virginia Workforce Council and local Workforce Investment Boards in seventeen Workforce Investment Areas.
These Workforce Centers offer one-stop access to workforce, employment and training services of various programs and partner organizations. Each Virginia Workforce Center provides services required by federal legislation, plus services designed to meet the needs of the local community. Most Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) offices have been designated as Virginia Workforce Centers, and VEC services are provided through many centers operated by other partner organizations and contractors.
The Region 2000 Area Network for Employment (RANE) is an alliance of workforce development professionals, including public and private organizations, designed to enhance partnerships with the business community. The NETWORK provides easy, cost-effective access to a diverse applicant pool through a variety of incentives and resources.