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Workforce Investment Act
What is WIA?

Last Updated: June 25, 2018

“WIA” stand for the “Workforce Investment Act.” This legislation, passed by Congress in 1998, provides federal funds for employment and training assistance.  WIA services help people improve their opportunities for getting a job, increase their wages, and provides money for job skills training. 

The WIA program is administered by a Workforce Investment Boards (or WIB) in each region.  There is a different WIB for each region.  WIA procedures vary depending on the region of the state in which a person lives.  But the basic procedure is:

  • Contact a CT Works office and tell staff that you interested in WIA training. 

  • You will be scheduled for a WIA orientation/overview session. 

  • After the WIA orientation/overview session, you will be scheduled for another meeting to see whether you are eligible for WIA.   For adults, WIA funds are divided into 2 categories.  If you meet the requirements of one of these categories, you are eligible. 

    • Adult – have low income and lack job skills that are currently in demand, or

    • Dislocated Worker – have been or will be laid off because of the current economic situation (as opposed to leaving a job for personal reasons) and need job skills that are currently in demand.

  • If you are eligible, a case manager will review training options with you.

Please note that WIA funds are limited. Even if you are eligible, training funds are not guaranteed.

To find a CT Works office:

  • Find your town on this table. The table will show you which region your town is in, and show you the WIB for that region. 
  • Click on the WIB website to find the CT Works offices in that region.

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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