Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA)

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What is WIOA?

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a federally funded program which provides comprehensive counseling, retraining and career development. This program aims to improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation's economy. There is a priority for eligible low income and welfare recipients and for certain veterans or veteran spouses to receive specific services. Additionally WIOA works to support Dislocated Workers; who lost jobs due to plant closures, company downsizing, or some other significant change in market conditions. Other conditions can lead to eligibility, such as being self-employed (but not working as a result of general economic conditions), or being a displaced homemaker.

The goal of the program is to return participants to quality jobs in the labor market. This is accomplished through counseling, assessment, retraining, job search assistance and job development. Training programs are offered in occupations where there is stability and growth so the likelihood of future displacement is minimized. The program pays 100 percent of training costs for one WIOA approved program. More than 40 areas of study are offered. Each participant attends an orientation, a counseling session and a pre-employment skills workshop where resumes are written and job search interviewing skills are developed. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis, interested individuals must meet with a Career Coach in the Career Services office. For further information, call or visit Career Services in A Building, Room A-204 (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3851.

WIOA Approved Certificate Programs (1yr or less)

Business and Financial


Information Technology

Office & Administration

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)

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WIOA Adult & Dislocated Worker Programs

Through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) program at Triton College, our affiliate office provides workforce development services to low-income adults and dislocated workers.

Stop by our resource room located in Career Services and make use of Internet-based employment services, fax machine, phones, copier, and other employment-related resources to help you with your job search. Browse through a variety career readiness worksheets and sample resumes to help you find the job you're looking for. Vocational Training Programs are available, based on eligibility and approval of funding.

Click HERE for link of Approved WIOA Programs or HERE to download PDF version.

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Interested in WIOA?

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Program Eligibility

You may be eligible for free training if you meet the following conditions

  • You have been unemployed for two years or less
  • You are eligible for unemployment compensation or have exhausted your benefits
  • You have one year of work history in the same low growth occupation


  • You have been terminated or received notice of termination due to a permanent plant or facility closing

Required documentation to determine eligibility includes:

  • A picture ID (drivers license or state ID card; Immigration of Naturalization ID)
  • A copy of your birth certificate or baptismal record
  • Unemployment Certification Letter or notification of your benefits being exhausted
  • Letter of closure of layoff from your company (If a letter is not available a copy of a W-2 or check stub with your name and the company name)
  • Veteran’s need to supply your DD214
  • Proof of Citizenship
  • Public Aid recipients must provide a copy of their most recent re-certification SNAP Benefits Letter
  • Any males born on or after January 1, 1960 must show proof they registered for the selective service

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