The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the nation’s principal workforce development legislation, providing funds to address the employment and training needs of dislocated workers, and low income adults and youth.
The funding for WIOA comes from the US Department of Labor. Isothermal Planning & Development Commission and the Region C Workforce Development Board administers programs locally. Access to programs is provided at the local NC Works Career Centers in Rutherford, Cleveland, and McDowell Counties. Services may be accessed at the Polk County Library.
WIOA provides support to participants to increase their education, training, employment, earnings and job retention. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.
To be accepted for enrollment, primary consideration is given based on your work history, current education and skill levels as well as your ability to fully complete and benefit from a short-term (up to two years) vocational training program in an occupation based on the local labor market.
If you qualify and are accepted for enrollment in WIOA, our trained case managers will:
- Assist you with developing an individual employment plan
- Give you financial assistance to help pay for your training program
- Help you access support services from the NC Works partners and other community agencies