Frequently Asked Questions about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

Q. What is the WIA Program?

A. The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 reformed Federal job training programs and created a comprehensive workforce investment system. The newly reformed system is customer-focused and federally-funded with the primary goal of helping people access the tools they need to manage their careers and attain self-sufficiency through employment.

Q.What services are available through the WIA Program?

A. WIA is based on a three-tier approach to the provision of employment and training services. An individual participating in the WIA program will receive services in the following order:

Core Services. The first level of services, such as an initial assessment or job search and placement assistance. Advancement to Intensive Services must be recommended by a Career Counselor.

Intensive Services. Intensive services may be offered to clients who have received at least one core service but need additional services to obtain or retain employment. Intensive services provide more personalized activities, such as a comprehensive assessment, literacy training, case management, etc. Advancement to Training Services must be recommended by a Career Counselor.

Training Services. Training services may be offered to individuals who do not obtain employment through intensive services. Training must be directly linked to demand occupations. To qualify for training, a participant must be determined to be in need of training and to have the skills and qualifications to complete the selected training program.

Q. Are there eligibility requirements for the WIA Program?

A. Core Services are available to everyone who is legally eligible to work in the United State of America.

B. To receive Intensive and Training Services, the following general requirements apply:

  • Resident of Desoto, Hardee, or Highlands County

  • 18 years of age or older

  • Meet U.S. Citizenship requirements or hold current Permanent Resident Alien Card.

  • Males born after December 31st, 1959 must meet Selective Service registration requirements.

  • Household income falls under 200% of the poverty or 70% Lower Level Standard Income Level for the number of members in the family.

You may also qualify if you fall under one of the following categories:

  • You are laid off or you have received official notice of layoff from your current job and are unlikely to return to your previous industry or occupation due to current economic conditions; and you are eligible for, receiving or have exhausted your unemployment compensation benefits.

  • You are a displaced homemaker no longer supported by the income of another family member and are unemployed or underemployed.

  • You are a former contract worker or self-employed individual who is unemployed due to current economic conditions in this workforce region.

Please attend a WIA Orientation for more details.

Q. What kind of training can I receive through the WIA Program?

A. There are many approved training programs and providers listed on the approved training provider list. Click here for a list of locally approved training providers and programs.

B. On-the-job Training and Employed Worker Training may also be available. Please speak with a Career Counselor for more information on these options.

Q. How do I apply for assistance through WIA?

A. Begin by attending a WIA Orientation at one of our locations:

DeSoto County: Mondays at 10:00AM
Hardee County: Tuesdays at 10:00AM
Highlands County: Wednesdays at 10:00AM

Q.I have been convicted of a crime; can I still apply for WIA-funded training?

A. Yes, you can still receive WIA funding for training; however, occupational choices may be limited because of employment requirements. For example, certain professions require state licensing, which might be difficult to obtain if you have been convicted of certain crimes. Please speak with a Career Counselor regarding your personal situation to better identify your career opportunities.

Q. Are there any WIA Services available for youth?

A. CareerSource Heartland sponsors programs for eligible youth who are 16 through 21 years of age. Please speak with a WIA Career Counselor for more information on youth services.

Q. Are these services available to Veterans?

A. CareerSource Heartland supports the State Veterans Plan of Service to assist eligible Veterans and their eligible spouses in acquiring employment and training services. Eligible Veterans and their eligible spouses take precedence over non-covered persons for receipt of all employment, training, and placement services.

Employability Skills Workshops

CareerSource Heartland is proud to present a series of workshops designed to better prepare Job Seekers to meet employers' needs. Learn how to "Rise to the Top of the Stack" to become a first choice applicant. Workshops are available to residents of DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands Counties.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

CareerSource Heartland  offers funding for a variety of training opportunities to eligible residents of DeSoto, Highlands, and Hardee Counties designed to help you reach your employment goals and increase your marketability.

Workforce Scholarships for job training are available in a variety of career fields. For more information on eligibility for workforce/job training scholarships, attend one of our orientations. See calendar for schedule.

To learn more about our employment workshops and career training programs, visit us at any one of our three locations:

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