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Workforce Investment Act
Adult Program

Target Population

The Adult Program serves people who are 18 years and older, are legally entitled to work in the United States and have met selective service registration requirements.

Program Description & Services

The purpose of the Adult Program is to increase the employment retention, earnings, and occupational skills of participants. This program aims to improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation's economy. There is a priority for eligible low income and welfare recipients and for certain veterans or veteran spouses to receive specific services. The program provides a range of self-service and staff assisted services for adults seeking employment. Services can range from skill assessment, labor market information, consumer reports on training programs, and job search and placement assistance, to more intensive services for eligible adults who experience more difficulty in obtaining jobs. Employers are also offered assistance in accessing a qualified labor pool and other employment related services.

Goals

The goal of the program is to increase employment and employment retention for its participants and provide employers with a skilled workforce and qualified job applicants.

How to Apply

Apply at any WorkSource Center or Affiliated Site.

Workforce Investment Act
Dislocated Worker Program

Target Population

The Dislocated Worker Program is intended for workers who lost jobs due to plant closures, company downsizing, or some other significant change in market conditions. In most cases, it must be unlikely that these dislocated workers will return to their previous employment, and they must be eligible for (or have exhausted) unemployment compensation. Other conditions can lead to eligibility, such as being self-employed (but not working as a result of general economic conditions), or being a displaced homemaker.

Program Description & Services

The program tailors employment and training services to meet dislocated workers' needs; works with workers and firms facing substantial layoffs; and encourages labor, management, and community partnerships with government to address worker dislocation.

Dislocated workers are eligible for services such as skill assessment, labor market information, job search and job placement assistance. Additional services are available for eligible dislocated workers who need additional help in getting jobs. The sequence of services is individualized and may include more intensive assessments, counseling, and prevocational and vocational training.

Goals

The program goal is to increase employment and employment retention for its participants and to provide employers with a skilled workforce and qualified job applicants.

How to Apply

Apply at any WorkSource Center or Affiliated Site.

Workforce Investment Act
Youth Program

Target Population

The Youth Program targets young people who are ages 14 through 21, who are low income, and who may need help to complete an educational program or find and hold employment. To be low income, one must be receiving welfare or food stamp, homeless, a foster child, or have a family income that meets specific income guidelines.

Program Description & Services

Youth Programs provide a wide variety of services that help low-income young people (ages 14-21) to succeed in school and work. Program participants may receive services such as occupational skills training, counseling, internships, job placements, mentoring, tutoring, leadership development, and support services.

To participate in this program, a young person must be; 1) deficient in basic literacy skills; 2) a school dropout; 3) homeless; 4) a runaway; 5) a foster child; 6) pregnant or a parent; 7) an offender; 8) requires additional assistance to complete education or secure and hold employment.

The program prepares low-income young people, ages 14 to 21, for success in school and at work. Eligible young people are assessed to determine academic, skill level, and support service needs. Strategies are developed for each person based on the assessment results. They may receive counseling, tutoring, job training, mentoring, or work experience. Other strategies include summer employment, study skills training, or instruction in obtaining a GED or equivalent.

Goals

To enhance youth education, encourage school completion through alternative educational programs, and provide exposure to the world of work through apprenticeship and career exploration.

How to Apply

Apply at any WorkSource Center or Affiliated Site.

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