Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Programs

WIA Adult & Dislocated Worker Programs

The WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs are federally-funded and designed to help job seekers prepare for employment, find and keep a job, and increase earnings. All WIA program services can be accessed by contacting your local workforce center.
 

Who is eligible for the WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker programs?

  • Adults – Individuals who are 18 or older, and need assistance with finding and keeping employment
  • Dislocated Workers - Workers 18 or older, who were recently laid off through no fault of their own and do not have the occupational skills needed to compete for jobs
  • Displaced Homemakers - Unemployed spouses who have lost their source of income because of a layoff, divorce, legal separation or death of a spouse
  • All program participants must be a US citizen or authorized to work in the US
  • Selective Service registration is a requirement for males 18 or older
  • Military veterans get first priority for enrollment in these programs

 

What services can I receive through the workforce centers?

  • Assistance with job leads and labor market information
  • Resume assistance and critiques
  • Education and career assessments
  • Employment readiness and job search workshops
  • Career counseling and career planning
  • Supportive services

 

What training assistance is available?

Training assistance is for short-term training programs that lead directly to jobs that are “in demand” in the local labor market. Training programs can take the form of classroom training, on-the-job training, internships, or apprenticeships.
 

Please Note: Workforce centers have limited funding for training and may not be able to provide training assistance to all those who are eligible for the WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker programs.
 

How do I qualify for training assistance?

To qualify for training assistance, a WIA program participant must:

  • Find labor market information or contact employers for information showing that your chosen occupational training will prepare you for a job that is “in demand”
  • Participate in an assessment process to determine that you lack marketable skills or possess outdated skills to compete for jobs in your identified occupation
  • Comply with other training application requirements
     

Please Note: WIA cannot provide training assistance or reimburse for costs incurred before enrollment in the WIA program, or before completion of the WIA assessment and training approval process. If you have already started a training program, WIA will only assist with intensive job search services during and after training, or pay for a training session that starts after program enrollment.

 

WIA Youth Program

The WIA Youth Program helps low income at-risk youth and young adults to achieve their education and employment goals. Eligible youth enrolled in the program work with a counselor to create a plan for success, and can take advantage of a variety of services that can be accessed by contacting a local workforce center.

Who is eligible for the WIA Youth Program?

  • Participants must be between 14-21 years old, live in a low income family, and have one or more challenges to success in education or employment, including:
    • Deficient in math or reading skills
    • Misdemeanor or felony record
    • Documented disability
    • School drop out
    • Homeless/runaway
    • Pregnant/parenting
    • In foster care
  • All program participants must be a US citizen or authorized to work in the US
  • Selective Service registration is a requirement for males 18 or older
  • Military veterans (18–21 years old) get first priority for enrollment in this program

 

What youth services can I get through the workforce centers?

  • GED Preparation/Support to achieve a High School Diploma
  • Tutoring Assistance
  • Summer Employment Opportunities
  • Paid or Unpaid Internships
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Leadership Activities
  • Supportive Services
  • Adult Mentoring
  • Learning work search and workplace success skills
  • Referrals to jobs and educational opportunities
  • 12 months of follow-up assistance after program participation is completed

Youth program participants must be motivated to improve their reading and math skills and learn job readiness and occupational skills. They should also expect to participate in skills assessment testing both before they start the program and after program completion.