What is the Workforce Investment Act?
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is a federal law signed into effect in 1998 in an effort
to streamline employment and training programs throughout the U.S. The three main goals of the
program are to improve the quality of workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity
and competitiveness of the nation's economy. These goals can all be accomplished by providing the
appropriate resources, training and support services to individuals who have barriers to obtaining or
retaining employment in an occupation that will enable them to become self-sufficient.
What educational opportunities are available through WIA?
Individuals interested in training for a new career may be eligible for assistance through the
Workforce Investment Act. Available services are based on need determination and include;
tuition assistance (up to $5,000 per year), books allowance, uniforms/supplies and vocational guidance.
How do I know if I am eligible?
In order to be eligible for the services listed above, you must fall into one of the following categories.
Dislocated Worker - Individuals who have been recently laid off or received notification of upcoming layoff.
Click here to see additional details to determine if you fall into this category.
WIA Adult - Individuals between the ages of 18-72 who do not meet the criteria for WIA Youth or a
Dislocated Worker. Must be unemployed or employed at or below 200 percent of the
Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL), according to family size.
Click here to view the LLSIL chart to determine if you qualify.
Are there any limitations on programs or schools I can choose for training?
Eligible individuals wishing to pursue training under the Workforce Investment Act must choose
a program from our Approved Training Programs & Providers List.
How do I apply for assistance through WIA?
Individuals interested in applying for assistance through the Workforce Investment Act are
first view our WIA Online Orientation. Click here to view the presentation.
Once you have determined your initial eligibility and have chosen a program of study from our
Approved Training Programs & Providers List, you must complete a full registration on the
Employ Florida Marketplace AND complete our WIA Eligibility Questionnaire.
Click here to complete our WIA Eligibility Questionnaire
Belinda Todd, WIA Program Coordinator