Student Life

Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

Workforce Investment Act (WIA)¬†assists people with job search coaching, employment skills, and training needed to be successful in today’s workforce.

IowaWORKS member may first access self-directed, Core Services. These include:

  • Job search assistance
  • Resume Development
  • Job seeking skills workshops
  • Upgrade basic computer skills
  • Exploration of labor market information
  • Initial career interest assessment

If employment is not achieved after use of Core Services, a member may seek WIA Intensive Services. In addition to meeting Adult or Dislocated Worker eligibility, other criteria includes but is not limited to : eighteen years of age or older, meet citizenship and Select Service requirements, and reside in IowaWORKS-North Iowa seven county region.

AccessingWIA services starts with an application and attending a one-hour introduction to WIA session that will outline eligibility and program requirements.

WIA Intensive Services may include:

  • Comprehensive assessment of work history, interests, skills and aptitudes
  • Development of an individual employment plan
  • Job search strategy coaching
  • Essential workplace skills training
  • Work experience intership
  • Short-term occupational skills classes

WIA Training services may be available to WIA participants who do not find self-sustaining employment after receiving Core and Intensive Services. Progression through Core and Intensive Services and enrollment into WIA Training Services needs to occur prior to starting a training program.

WIA Training Services may include:

  • On-the-job training
  • Adult education and literacy programs (GED)
  • Post high school education which must:
    • Lead to a recognized certification, diploma, or degree and be completed within two years of starting the program
    • Lead to an occupation with positive employment projections and self-sustaining wage
    • be on WIA’s approved training provider and program list

WIA Support Services

WIA may provide other services that help support successful completion of Intensive or Training Services.

Examples include:

  • Transportation Reimbursement
  • Work-required Uniforms or Tools
  • Occupational Licenses

WIA assistance is dependent on eligibility, available funding, and funding limits.


Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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