WIA Eligibility

Anyone enrolled in WIA Services must be a citizen of or authorized to work in the United States and registered with selective service if male, over 18 years of age and born after December 29, 1959.  Applications for WIA services must be signed by a parent or guardian for anone under the age of 18.  Additional eligibility criteria varies by program title.

Youth

Must be income eligible, with the exception of youth enrolled under the 5% window policy (see income guidelines and 5% window policy below), which can include individuals with disabilities or special education students and foster children (which are considered a family of one for the purpose of income eligibility determination).  Families receiving Food Stamps or TANF are also eligible.  In addition to being income eligible, they must possess at least one of the following barriers:

  1. Deficient in basic literacy skills

  2. A school dropout

  3. Homeless / a runaway or a / foster child

  4. Pregnant or a parenting youth

  5. An offender

  6. An individual who requires additional assistance to complete an educational program, or to secure and hold employment.  Which has been locally identified as one of the following:

  1. Member in a single parent household

  2. Individual who lacks significant work experience

  3. In or has completed substance abuse treatment

  4. Individual who has not completed a high school diploma or GED

Adults

Must be 18 years of age and be income eligible which may include individuals with disabilities (which are considered a family of one for the purpose of income eligibility determination).  Individuals receiving Food Stamps or TANF are also eligible.

Dislocated Worker

Lost employment due to a plant closure or mass layoff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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