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WIA stands for Workforce Investment Act and was established in 1998 to prepare youth, adults and dislocated workers for entry and re-entry into the workforce. WIA training funds are designed to serve laid-off individuals, older youth and adults who are in need of training to enter or re-enter the labor market.
No, WIA is not an entitlement program. The Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Vol 65, No.156; 8/11/00 Rules & Regulations states: “Under WIA, access to training or any other services is not an entitlement.”

You must meet the definition of Adult, Dislocated Worker or Displaced Homemaker and provide proof of:

1. U.S. Citizen/or Legal Alien
2. Social Security Number
3. Selective Service Registration (Males only, born on or after 1/1/1960)

Dislocated Workers are individuals with significant attachment to the workforce but have lost their employment or income from employment for one or more of the following conditions:

• Has been terminated or laid off, or received a notice of termination or layoff from employment; and (I) is eligible for or has exhausted UI; or (II) Has been employed for a duration sufficient to demonstrate attachment to the workforce, but is not eligible for UI due to insufficient earnings or having performed services for a non-covered employer; and is unlikely to return to previous occupation without additional services or training.

• Has been terminated or laid off, or has received a notice of layoff, from employment as a result of any permanent closure, or any substantial layoff at a plant, facility or enterprise; or Is employed at a facility at which the employer has made a general announcement that such facility will close within 180 days; or For purposes of eligibility to receive core service only, is employed at a facility at which the employer has made a general announcement that such facility will close; (more than 180 days)

• Was self-employed (including employment as a farmer, a rancher, or a fisherman) but is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions in the community in which the individual resides or because of natural disasters.

A Displaced Homemaker (male or female), is defined as an individual who has been providing unpaid services to family members in the home and who: Has been dependent on the income of another family member(s) but is no longer supported by that income; and is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.

1. Layoff letter from the employer
2. Public notice of a layoff
3. Self-attestation of layoff together with a printout of UI wage data showing wages from the employer

The school and the training program must be on the Louisiana Eligible Provider List on Not all schools or programs on the ETPL are approved by Acadiana Works, Inc. Totally online programs are not generally approved. Short term prevocational services, such as certain test preparation courses, may be approved.
No, WIA does not pay for prerequisite and developmental classes.
Yes. Career Advisors can help you research labor market information, provide interest and aptitude assessments, and a variety of tools to assist you in planning your career. You should inform your Career Advisor when you are having problems, either personal or academic, which may interfere with training.
Not generally. Exceptions may be reviewed individually.
No. The following items are not provided by WIA: computers, computer equipment, computer program software, peripherals, electronic and wireless equipment.
No. Childcare assistance is not currently available.
A background check and drug screen may be required and will be provided for individuals enrolling in WIA training programs prior to training enrollment, such as truck driving, healthcare and education.

Yes, first priority will be given to Veterans and eligible spouses (Jobs for Veterans Act PL107-288).

Priority of service for veterans means that if they meet minimum eligibility standards they would move ahead of others without their priority in the processing of their application as funding is available. It does not exempt them from the hold on funding if there is no funding. They need to complete the process of their application so they can be placed on the waiting list.

Generally, a veteran is an individual who served in the active military, naval, or air service who was discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable. This may include National Guard or Reserve members who have been discharged from active duty service but not necessarily from other reserve commitments such as training. A DD-214 form is the most common source of documentation used to determine veteran discharge status.

A spouse of any one of the following individuals:

1. A veteran who died of a service-connected disability

2. A member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time of application for the priority, is listed in one or more of the following categories and has been so listed for a total of more than 90 days:

 Missing in action
 Captured in line of duty by a hostile force
 Forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power
 A veteran who has a total disability resulting from a service-connected disability, as evaluated by the Department of Veterans Affairs
 A veteran who died with a total service-connected disability as evaluated by the Department of Veterans Affairs was in existence

Contact the Selective Service System, or 1-888-655-1825 to request a Status Information Letter.