The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is an employment and training program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to help Dislocated Workers and other Eligible Adults access the tools they need to manage their careers through information and high quality services, and to help companies find skilled workers.
WIA services are flexible, diverse, and based on individual customer choice. WIA Employment Counselors may provide the following services at no cost to you:
- Occupational Skills Training: Earn a credential in one of over 800 training programs.
- On-the-Job Training: Participants “earn while they learn” new job skills with an employer.
- Support Services such as reimbursement for transportation and childcare while in training.
- Educational Services and Skills Upgrading in areas such as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), General Educational Development (GED) preparation, basic reading, math, and computer literacy.
- Job Search Services and Job Readiness Activities, including development of interviewing skills and resume writing.
- Employment Strategies and Career Planning, such as career interest assessment, information on high demand occupations, and job placement follow-up services.
You may be eligible for WIA if:
- You have been recently laid-off or terminated.
- You are unemployed.
- You are collecting Food Stamps or TANF.
- You are employed and your income is below the self sufficiency guideline (based on family size; see an Employment Counselor for details).
- You are a displaced homemaker.
- You are homeless.
- You are an individual with a disability.
Contact your nearest Workforce Office (listed on the left) for more information about WIA eligibility and program requirements.