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. The Isothermal Planning & Development Commission and the Region C Workforce Development Board administer programs locally.  Access to programs is provided at the local NC Works Career Centers in Rutherford, Cleveland, and McDowell Counties.  Services may also 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





How to apply for WIOA…

You must apply for WIOA in the workforce region where you live. In Region C, you can apply for WIOA at one of the area NC Works Career Centers.

 Rutherford and Polk Counties:

Rutherford County NC Works Career Center
223 Charlotte Road, Rutherfordton NC 28139
Phone: 828-286-3042

Linda Sprouse, Ginger Hucherson, or Meranda Hendrick

 Cleveland County:

Cleveland County NC Works Career Center
404 East Marion St., Shelby, NC 28150
Phone: (704) 480-5414

Joshayla Terry or Brittany Davis

McDowell County:

McDowell County NC Works Career Center
316 Baldwin Avenue, Marion, NC 28752
Phone: (828) 659-6001

Shanna Gorecki