The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is responsible for administering the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Welfare to Work funds within Orange County. ETA administers the activities of the Orange County Workforce Development Board through the Orange Works One-Stop Re-employment Centers and the Welfare to Work Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)/Social Services Department program. The administrative offices are located at 18 Seward Avenue in Middletown, NY.

Major Services Provided

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) was created under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. In addition to the programs run by the WDB, they will provide services through a One Stop System and target incumbent workers as well as unemployed individuals. The ETA also oversees Welfare Employment Services in order to reduce the number of people on public assistance as well as meeting Federal and State participation rates.

The main function of ETA is to provide employment and training services under specific grants as established by the federal government. The services that are provided include the following:

  • Assessment
  • Basic communication workplace training
  • Career Services
  • Counseling
  • Job development
  • Job placement
  • Job search
  • Miscellaneous tuition assistance
  • Non-traditional training for women
  • Outreach
  • Pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship training
  • Supervisory staff skills
  • Supportive services
  • Training Services
  • Work experience/remedial education
  • Youth Competency training
    • Basic education skills
    • Pre-employment work maturity skills
    • Job specific skills

Population Served

Target groups to be served in the adult (economically disadvantaged) programs are as follows:

  • Disabled
  • Dislocated workers
  • Ex-offenders
  • High school dropouts
  • Homeless
  • Incumbent workers below 200% of poverty level
  • Long-term welfare recipients
  • Rehabilitated substance abusers
  • Trade Adjustment Act Individuals
  • Transitional welfare recipients
  • Veterans
  • Women in non-traditional training