WIOA Services for Adults
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs help people find jobs and upgrade their skills to qualify for better jobs. WIOA serves adults looking for work, workers of any age who have been dislocated from their jobs through closings or layoffs, and economically disadvantaged young people who need help to get education, training, and a good start into the working world.
These multi-level programs use a wide assortment of resources to help customers identify their interests and aptitudes, understand which jobs are in demand, get the training and develop the skills they need to succeed, and advance their careers. This program offers the following services for area employers:
- Helping employers find qualified employees.
- Screening potential employees during the hiring process.
- Assisting with the training costs for new hires and for upgrading the skills of existing employees.
- Providing labor market information to assist with business planning.
- Facilitating contacts with the various state and federal programs, which can assist employers.
- Working with both employers and training providers to assure that training programs are relevant, effective, and affordable.
In general, WIOA Adult Program services are available to eastern Kentuckians ages 18 and above who are unemployed or under-employed. If training is required to obtain or improve employment, the program can provide tuition, required books, fees, commuting assistance, meals, and other approved expenses for classroom training. Career counseling and resume writing are available by making an appointment with one of our Career Advisors. Job Club services are also available. Job Club meets every Wednesday at the Harlan County Extension Office Depot at 1:00 p.m.
WIOA Services for Dislocated Workers
In general, Dislocated Worker services are available to any eastern Kentucky resident who:
In coordination with other types of financial assistance, the WIA Dislocated Worker Program may be able to provide:
- Required Books
- Commuting Assistance
- Other approved expenses for classroom training
Career counseling and resume writing is available by making an appointment with one of our Career Advisors. Job Club services are also available. Job Club meets every Wednesday at the Harlan County Extension Office Depot at 1:00 p.m.
WIOA Services for Youth
WIOA Youth Program offers a broad range of services to young people between the ages of 16 and 24. These services include opportunities for assistance with academic or job-related learning, developing leadership skills, preparing for further education, and eventual employment. Career counseling and resume writing is available by making an appointment with one of our Career Advisors. Job Club services are also available. Job Club meets every Wednesday at the Harlan County Extension Office Depot at 1:00 p.m.
Youth services are available to low-income young people who are in any one of these categories:
- Requires help to complete an educational program
- Requires help to secure and hold employment
- School dropout
- A runaway
- A foster child
- Pregnant or parenting
- An offender (legal)
- Deficient in basic literacy skills
Services may also be available to young people who do not meet the low-income requirement, if they qualify in one of the categories above and have other barriers.
EKCEP’s Youth Program may provide the following services:
- Tutoring, study skills training and instruction leading to secondary school completion, including dropout prevention strategies
- Alternative secondary school offerings
- Summer employment opportunities directly linked to academic and occupational learning
- Paid and unpaid work experiences, including internships, on the job training and job shadowing
- Occupational skills training
- Leadership development opportunities
- Supportive services
- Adult mentoring for twelve months
- Follow-up services
- Comprehensive guidance and counseling
Received supportive services for him to go to Ohio for tree climbing training. He started his own tree cutting business as a result.
Received financial assistance to complete medical assisting. She has a job at a pediatric hospital.
Received financial assistance to attend lineman training. He is now working full time as a lineman.
Received assistance to obtain certifications which lead to full time employment.
Out of school youth: Graduated from lineman school, working full time.
Received DCL training, opened his own business in downtown Harlan.