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Introducing WIA. Processes for WIA Grant Funded-Staff Assisted Services Program Year 7/2008 – 6/2010. What is the Workforce Investment Act?. Federal legislation that provides funding for employment related services

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Introducing wia

Introducing WIA

Processes for WIA Grant Funded-Staff Assisted Services

Program Year 7/2008 – 6/2010

What is the workforce investment act

What is the Workforce Investment Act?

  • Federal legislation that provides funding for employment related services

  • Administered in our area by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Workforce Development Board

  • Goal is for individuals to become gainfully employed and self-sufficient

Wia objectives

WIA Objectives

  • Find a job

  • Keep a job

  • Make more money

Eligibility dislocated worker

A dislocated worker is an individual who meets one of the following categories:

Terminated/laid off or notified of lay off


Eligible for or has exhausted Unemployment Compensation Benefits or has worked long enough to establish an attachment to the Labor Market


Unlikely to return to his/her previous occupation or job

Eligibility: Dislocated Worker

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Eligibility: Dislocated Worker

Also individuals who are laid off due to:

Plant closures or substantial layoffs at a plant or facility

  • If the employer has made a general announcement that plant closure will occur within 180 days

    Also displaced homemakers. Individuals who have been dependent upon the income of another but who have lost that income because of unemployment, divorce, separation, disability or death.

Eligibility adult

Household must meet the Federal Poverty income guidelines (If receiving public assistance you meet income guidelines)

Must be a resident of Mecklenburg County

Must be able, available, and looking for work

Eligibility: Adult

Training services information

Training Services Information

  • TABE test is waived for individuals who have a two or four year degree. Otherwise, the TABE is administered to assess skills in reading comprehension and problem-solving and an achievement level of 9th grade is required.

  • A minimum high school diploma or GED is required to qualify for training.

  • Training must be in an Approved Curriculum for an Occupation in Demand.

  • The local area limit for training services is established by the Board. Additional funds may be accessed for support such as books, tools, supplies, testing fees and licenses.

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Training Services Information

  • Training may include classroom training, internet training or on the job training. WIA funds may also be utilized for the Career Readiness Assessment.

  • Training must be completed in six sequential semesters (2 years) or less.

  • Individuals may be eligible to receive assistance with child care and transportation expenses during training, depending upon funding availability.

Required documentation

Social Security Card

Drivers License or State ID with current address

Proof of citizenship or right to work: birth certificate, voter’s registration card, passport, green card, or DD 214

DD 214 for Veterans

Proof of Selective Service Registration for males born on or after 1/1/1960

High School or College Diploma, Degree or Transcript

Results of application for financial aid.

Required Documentation

Additional documentation

Dislocated Workers who have not begun to receive unemployment benefits, need letter confirming dislocation

Adult Services clients must provide verification of household income for last six months OR DSS participation and program status letter

Additional Documentation

Training options

Training Options

  • Academic/Classroom Training

    • Occupations in Demand

    • Approved Training Curricula and Vendors

    • Training can be short term, or last up to two years

    • Local area has set limits per year and per participant

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Training Options

  • OJT

    • Utilize transferable work experience with a employer willing to train you in a new skill.

    • WIA will reimburse an employer up to 50% of the trainee’s salary for six months.

    • Clients need to market themselves into these opportunities and contact a WIA Counselor if there is any interest.

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Training Options

  • Short-term training that will upgrade your skills

  • Training to obtain a particular certificate that will enhance your employability

  • Courses to prepare for professional tests

  • Exams

  • Licenses & Certifications

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Training Options

  • Career Readiness Certificate

    A job skills assessment that measures "real world" skills that employers believe are critical to job success. These skills are valuable for any occupation, skilled or professional and at any level of education

    Available free of cost to individuals enrolled in WIA services

    A portable certificate that will enhance your marketability

Steps toward academic classroom training

Steps toward Academic/Classroom Training

  • Meet with a WIA Case Manager to review your documents and eligibility status.

  • Meet with a WIA Case Manager with three training options to explore and justification (job postings, etc.) as to why a particular training will enhance your employability.

  • Follow your WIA Counselor's instructions regarding additional Required Documentation and process steps.

Steps toward training

Steps toward Training

  • Take Placement Tests as required by training facility

  • Meet all documentation requirements before Vouchers and Authorizations can be issued, and before registering for class.

What can i do now

What can I do now?

  • Apply for financial aid. REQUIRED

  • Review available training at (Special approval is possible for programs not listed.)

  • Visit to research occupations, explore your interests and match your skills.

  • Research jobs in demand and short-term training at Click on “Jobs in Demand” and research by industry.

  • Complete the Grant Application.

  • Collect required documentation.

  • Visit your potential training provider. Do not register; do not sign paperwork.

The next steps cont d

The Next Steps, cont’d.

  • After you submit your intake form ( as you have been instructed) you will be notified of your eligibility and an appointment scheduled with WDB/WIA staff.

  • Bring your documents to the appointment

  • Complete your assignment! Be sure: you have done your research and are prepared to discuss with your Case Manager three possible training options and to explain why they are a good choice for you. Consider your experience, skills, interests and industries where jobs will be available. Be able to substantiate your choices with your research, including current position postings.



Reach WDB staff at [email protected]

Please fax your completed Intake to


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