Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
What is WIOA?
This Act provides financial assistance for education and training so that individuals can re-enter the workforce in jobs that will allow them to financially support themselves and their families. WIOA funding is designed to train people in short-term certificate or associates degree programs that will make them more marketable for occupations that are in high growth within the local area. By training the workforce in these high growth areas, workers are more likely to find better paying jobs and employers are more likely to have their staffing needs fulfilled.
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list of approved training program at Joliet Junior College and click on Consumer Info.
Eligibility for Funding
Training and education programs are provided through Joliet Junior College as well as other community colleges and private training institutions.
Recognize yourself in any of these scenarios? You may be eligible if you:
- Were laid-off, downsized, or company went out of business
- Unemployed and struggling to find a job
- Job searching for a long time with little or no results
- Underpaid, underemployed or under trained
- Your education or skills don’t match your career interest
- Self-employed for many years and now faced with looking for new employment
- Youth ages 18-24 years and in need of education or training beyond high school
WIOA Training funding is available to those who are determined eligible. To find out more about eligibility requirements for training funding you can contact:
Please adults over 24 years of age contact Workforce Services Division of Will County at (815) 727-4444 or visit
For youth up to and including age 24 contact Cody Dailey (815) 280-1520.
Please call Grundy Workforce Services at (815) 942-0566.
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Connect to Your Future Program
Connect to Your Future program is a program for youth ages 16-24 who meet WIOA eligibility. If you are in need of your GED, you can find more information at www.jobs4people.org. There is no cost to youth.
If you already have your high school diploma or GED and are between the ages of 18-24 who meet income eligibility guidelines. This program provides occupational training in high growth-high demand occupations in Will County. Services include:
FREE occupational skills training, career assessments, one-on-one and small group mentoring and academic advising, work readiness workshops, and placement into employment. For more information, click here or call Cody Dailey at 815-280-1520 or email
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The My Future program offers Grundy County youth ages 16-24 continuous support through career guidance, employment, and internship opportunities, GED support and vocational training. Participants will receive training and services leading to self-sufficiency. My Future is funded under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the Grundy Livingston Kankakee Workforce Board. No cost to Grundy County eligible youth. Find out more by contacting the Morris Education Center at 815-942-0566 or email
Career Certified addresses: soft skills; leadership skills; and cognitive skills so adults alike have the foundational skills to be prosperous. Work readiness includes specific work-related skills that adults need in order to be successful in the workplace. These skills are generally thought of as life skills with a strong work focus, including areas such as: work-related health and safety, work habits and conduct; personal leadership at work; communicating with others; team work and collaboration at work; rights and responsibilities of workers and employers; and customer service.
To enhance training, personal assessments will be utilized throughout the programs. Personal assessments have proven to be an effective tool for improving the management of an organization and helping employees identify strengths and areas of opportunity. They provide an accurate analysis of employee's behaviors and attitudes otherwise left to subjective judgment. This analysis is essential to gain a competitive advantage in today's tight job market. Relevant personal assessments for youth and adult programs will include the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Talent, Fit, Performance, StrengthsQuest and Strong.
In addition to soft skills, the work readiness program will assess foundational skills such as: Reading for Information; Applied Mathematics; Business Writing; and Locating Information. Curriculum will incorporate preparation for ACT, Inc.’s National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) Plus and administering WorkKeys® assessments. The NCRC Plus is an ideal tool for ensuring that individuals have the essential skills they need for the workplace today while earning a national portable certification. These tough economic times call for clear pathways to skills in demand to help new and transitioning workers prepare for good jobs.