Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
PLEASE NOTE: CareerSource Escarosa’s WIOA Program is currently open.
What is the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act?
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law on July 22, 2014, is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in 15 years. WIOA presents an extraordinary opportunity to improve job and career options for our nation’s workers and job-seekers through an integrated, job-driven public workforce system that links diverse talent to businesses.It supports the development of strong, vibrant regional economies where businesses thrive and people want to live and work.
The three main goals of the program are to improve the quality of workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation’s economy. These goals can all be accomplished by providing the appropriate resources, training and support services to individuals with significant barriers to obtaining or retaining employment in an occupation that will enable them to become self-sufficient.
What educational opportunities are available through WIOA?
Individuals interested in training for a new career may be eligible for assistance through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Available services are based on need determination and include; tuition assistance (up to $3,500 per year), books allowance, uniforms/supplies and vocational guidance.
How do I know if I am eligible?
In order to be eligible for the services listed above, you must fall into one of the following categories:
Dislocated Worker – Individuals who have been recently laid off or received notification of upcoming layoff. CLICK HERE to see additional details to determine if you fall into this category.
WIOA Adult – Individuals between the ages of 18-72 who do not meet the criteria for WIOA Youth or a Dislocated Worker. Must be unemployed or employed at or below 200 percent of the Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL), according to family size. CLICK HERE to view the LLSIL chart to determine if you qualify.
Are there any limitations on programs or schools I can choose for training?
Eligible individuals wishing to pursue training under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act must choose a program from our Approved Training Programs & Providers List. CLICK HERE to view the current Approved Programs & Providers List.
How do I apply for assistance through WIOA?
Click on the WIOA banner below for further instructions and to apply for services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: