WIA Services

The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 provides a unique national workforce preparation and employment system designed to meet both the needs of the nation's businesses and the needs of job seekers and those who want to further their careers.

Youth Services

There are many youth services available.

Adult Services

Individuals age 18 and older may be served under the Adult program.  Adult services include job search assistance, referral to other appropriate agencies and services, comprehensive assessments and development of individual employment plans, career planning, job readiness training, occupational skills training, vocational training* (up to a maximum of two years), on-the-job training, customized training, incumbent worker training, support services during training and follow up services.

*Note:  Vocational training must be in growth-rate occupations.  WIA defines growth-rate occupations as occupations having an annual increase of 1.464% job openings.  Examples of growth-rate occupations include computer programs, dental hygienists, physical therapy assistants, nursing aides and automotive mechanics.

Dislocated Worker

Provides services similar to the Adult programs, but unlike the Adult program, family income is not used to determine eligibility.  Dislocated workers are individuals who:  have been laid off or terminated due to plant closure or mass layoff; are unemployed through no fault of their own.  Self-employed individuals and displaced homemakers may also be eligible.  Temporary layoffs do not qualify; the job loss must be permanent.  The program is designed to train/retrain dislocated workers and assist in their transition to new employment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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