Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

WIOA Program Funding Availability
​At this time, WIOA Program Funding availability is as follows:

  • WIOA Licensure funding is available.
  • WIOA Dislocated Worker funding is available.
  • WIOA Out-Of-School Youth funding is available.

Are you unemployed?
Need help paying for school to become re-employed?

Individuals interested in training for a new career may be eligible for assistance through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Available services based on need determination include; tuition assistance, books allowance, uniform/supplies and career counseling.

Services under this program are eligibility-based. Therefore all interested persons must meet and be able to document the following preliminary eligibility criteria to be a potential candidate.

WIOA Adult Eligibility
To be eligible to receive WIOA services as an adult in the adult and dislocated worker programs, an individual must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Be a citizen or noncitizen authorized to work in the us: and
  • Meet Military Selective Service registration requirements (males only)

Dislocated Worker or Laid-off Worker Eligibility:

  • You are laid off or you have received official notice of layoff from your current job as a result of permanent closure or substantial layoff at a plant facility or enterprise and are unlikely to return to your previous industry or occupation due to current economic conditions.
  • You are eligible for, receiving or have exhausted your unemployment compensation benefits.
  • You are an individual who has been providing unpaid services to a family member in the home and have been dependent on the income of another family member but ares no longer supported by that income, and who is unemployed or underemployed and experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.
  • You are a self-employed individual who lost your contract or business earnings due to the economic downturn and have been unable to find employment or replace your business earnings in Pinellas County.
  • You are a non-retiree discharged recently from the armed forces under honorable conditions or an unemployed military spouse impacted by spouse’s active duty or discharge from active duty.
  • You are the dependent spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty and whose family income is significantly reduced because of deployment, or a call or order to active duty, or a permanent change of station or the service-connected death or disability of the member.
  • You are the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty and are unemployed or underemployed and experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.

Low Income Adult Eligibility:

  • You or a family member currently receive or have received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) within the last six months.
  • You or a family member are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or have received in the past six months.
  • You or a family member is currently receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)?
  • You are a foster care youth or youth aging out of foster care and receiving federal benefits.
  • You and your family members currently receive or have received food stamps in the past 6 months through DCF.
  • Your family income based upon your family size currently falls below the current Low Income Standards below:

LLSIL Chart Effective Date: May 23, 2017

Family Size 70% LLSIL 2017
**1 $12,060
**2 $16,240
3 $20,727
4 $25,588
5 $30,201
6 $35,321
7 $40,441
8 $45,561
Additionals $5,120 per person
**NOTE: Federal guidance indicates that low income is "the Poverty Level or 70% of the LLSIL", whichever is higher.

Adult Priority of Service for Individualized Career Services and Training Services
Veterans/eligible spouses continue to have priority of service for WIOA and other designated job training programs funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Labor. Refer to Administrator’s Memo 10-2, Implementation of Priority of Service for Veterans and Eligible Spouses, for further information on this requirement.

Under WIOA, individualized career services and training services have a given priority, regardless of funding levels, with priority given to the following:

  • Public assistance recipients, and /or low-income adults; and/or individuals who are basic skills deficient.

Veterans/eligible spouses continue to have priority of service for WIOA and other designated job training programs funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Labor. Refer to Administrator’s Memo 10-2, Implementation of Priority of Service for Veterans and Eligible Spouses, for further information on this requirement

If you meet the preliminary eligibility criteria above, please click continue for the next step: