What is the Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act (WIOA)?

WIOA is a no-cost employment program designed to give young adults the support and/or skills training they need to find a job. If WIOA eligible, you could receive one or more of the following:

  • Job search assistance
  • Child care assistance while in training
  • Transportation assistance
  • Necessary uniforms for training
  • Training tools needed for your new job
  • Funding for basic skills and occupational training
  • Work Experience Training

What Kind of Training is Available?

To ensure youth that receive training find jobs, WIOA only provides funding for training in occupations with good earnings potential and in growing industries in our East Texas Workforce Board area. For a complete list of the occupations for which training is available, please click here.

WIOA-funded training for eligible occupations is provided by a wide variety of certified training providers in our East Texas Workforce area. If selected for WIOA-funded training, youth are able to pick the training provider of their choice. For a complete list of training providers certified for the WIOA program in the area, please visit www.twc.state.tx.us/boards.

How do I Know if I am Eligible?

We’ll start with the basics. The WIOA program is available to young adults (16-24) living in our East Texas Workforce Area. For basic eligibility you must:

  • Be between the ages of 16-24;
  • Be a United States citizen or eligible to work in the United States;
  • Have proof of a social security number; and,
  • If male and born after January 1, 1960, must be registered with the Selective Service
    • to verify selective service registration, visit www.sss.gov)

Priority will be given to youth who fall under at least one of the following categories:

  • School dropout
  • Below the 8.9 grade level in reading, language or math
  • Pregnant or parenting
  • Disabled
  • Homeless or runaway
  • Foster youth (presently or aged out of foster care)
  • Offender
  • Live in a high poverty area
  • Receives or is a member of a family receiving TANF, SNAP, or SSI

How do I Get Started?

If you are ready to start defining your future, we are here to help. First, you’ll need to call your nearest Workforce Center and ask to speak with a Youth Career Adviser.