Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Program (WIOA) is a federally funded work training program that assists students who are currently laid off or students who have very low family income. The eligible student will be learning new skills for tomorrow’s workforce. WIOA may pay a small travel stipend or assist with child care expenses to those who qualify. It may also pay for program required tuition, fees, books, supplies, and/or other related materials that fall within program limits.
To be eligible, an applicant must have been either laid off, due to no fault of their own, live in a household where the family income falls within federal WIOA income guidelines, or be listed as a food stamp recipient.
All applicants who are deemed eligible may not be accepted into the WIOA program for the semester for which they have applied. In that situation, an applicant’s file will be placed in holding until the next semester. All applicants will be notified as to whether they are accepted, placed in holding, or denied.
WIOA cannot assist students who are training in certain medical programs until all pre-requisite classes have been completed, and the student has been accepted into the program of study. WIOA may assist as most other programs of study begin. A WIOA application can be obtained by visiting your local campus’s WIOA department.
For assistance on Walker and Whitfield/Murray County Campuses, call 706-764-3818, 706-764-3697, or visit the WIOA office on Walker County Campus in Room # 116A.
For assistance on Floyd, Gordon, and Polk County Campuses, call 706-295-6840, or visit the WIOA office on Floyd County Campus in Bldg. I, Room 118.
Applicants are expected to be enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours of credit classes) and must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher, have good work ethics grades, good attendance, and maintain a positive attitude.
New participants are required to attend a meeting at which all policies and procedures and other information regarding the requirements of the WIOA program will be discussed.
WIOA participants must complete their program of study within two years and be ready to go to work. Generally, an applicant will be deemed ineligible if he or she has a previously earned credential and the skills that would effectively assist him or her with attaining a job in the current job market.
Failure to return all of the application pages and required documentation may result in receiving no assistance from WIOA.