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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed […]

After 25 year fight, Wal-Mart opens in St. Albans

A new Wal-Mart is opening in St. Albans, Vt., nearly 25 years after the company said it wanted to build a store in town. Wal-Mart first got town approval to build a store in 1993. But the project never got off the ground after the Vermont Natural Resources Council and others successfully blocked the store […]

APRIL and NCIL support S1356, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 2013

This bill, which will reauthorize the Rehabilitation Act, was passed out of the Senate HELP committee on July 31st.  The proposed changes within S.1356 are a bipartisan effort to strengthen employment opportunities, research and independent living services. We are focused on three significant changes to current law:  the creation of an Independent Living Administration (ILA), […]

Swimming: the perfect workout

In my early 20s I didn’t think much of swimming: it was boring, repetitive, slow. While it had been fun to mess about in a pool with friends as a teenager, for an adult who wanted a workout it held little appeal. Instead I ran. I ran for miles along the beach, cutting up to […]