Workforce Investment Act
The Workforce Investment Act Program (WIA) is a federally funded work training program that assists students who are currently laid off or students who have very low family income. The eligible student will be learning new skills for tomorrow’s workforce. WIA may pay a small travel stipend or assist with child care expenses to those who qualify. It may also pay for program required tuition, fees, books, supplies, and/or other related materials that fall within program limits.
To be eligible, an applicant must have been either laid off, due to no fault of their own, live in a household where the family income falls within federal WIA income guidelines, or be listed as a food stamp recipient.
All applicants who are deemed eligible may not be accepted into the WIA program for the semester for which they have applied. In that situation, an applicant’s file will be placed in holding until the next semester. All applicants will be notified as to whether they are accepted, placed in holding, or denied.
WIA cannot assist students who are training in certain medical programs until all pre-requisite classes have been completed, and the student has been accepted into the program of study. WIA may assist as most other programs of study begin. A WIA application can be obtained by visiting your local campus’s WIA department.
Contact your local WIA Office:
- WCC, WMC -
Call 706-764-3562 or 706-764-3201 or visit the WIA office on WCC in room #116A.
- FCC, GCC, PCC -
Call 706-295-6840, or visit the WIA office on FCC in Bldg. I, room 118
Applicants are expected to be enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours of credit classes) and must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher, have good work ethics grades, good attendance, and maintain a positive attitude.
New participants are required to attend a meeting at which all policies and procedures and other information regarding the requirements of the WIA program will be discussed. WIA participants must complete their program of study within two years and be ready to go to work. Generally, an applicant will be deemed ineligible if he or she has a previously earned credential and the skills that would effectively assist him or her with attaining a job in the current job market.
Failure to return all of the application pages and required documentation may result in receiving no assistance from WIA.