• What is the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)?

    The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 provides the framework for a unique national workforce preparation and employment system. The system is designed to meet both the needs of the nation’s businesses, job seekers, and individuals who want to further their careers. The WIA focuses on meeting the needs of businesses for skilled workers and the training, education, and employment needs of individuals.

    The key aims of the WIA are to: 

    • Enable access to information and services through the Illinois workNet Center (IwC) network
    • Empower adults to obtain the training they find most appropriate through Individual Training Accounts (ITA)
    • Ensure that all State and local programs meet customer expectations 

    What is an Individual Training Account (ITA)?

    Those eligible to receive WIA funds to be applied to retraining are awarded ITAs which can be used only to pay for WIA certified programs at approved schools. ITAs are available through a grant-funded relationship with Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.

    How Do I Get an ITA? 

    Dislocated workers or low-income adults who meet WIA eligibility requirements may be eligible to receive an ITA through WIA funding. To determine if you are eligible to receive an ITA for training, contact your local workforce center.

    Workforce Centers offer a professional environment for job seekers to find employment; to help businesses find pre-screened job ready candidates; and to assist people who are employed explore potential career options. Each center has knowledgeable staff that provides assistance and access to essential tools and resources.  All services are free.

    To find a Workforce Center near you, download a list of Workforce Center locations (PDF)Please call in advance to get information about hours, orientation, and workshop details.

    Approved WIA Programs at Morton College 

    Morton College is a WIA Certified Training Provider and offers over 30 career certificates and associate degrees to which ITA funds can be applied. These programs are part of Morton College’s regular catalog and are not specifically designed for WIA participants. Few of the students enrolled in these programs will be using individual training accounts.

    To determine if a program at Morton meets your training needs, download a list (PDF) of the WIA approved training programs currently available at Morton College.

    .Why Should I Complete the Training Provider Exploration Form?

    Filling out the Training Provider Exploration Form provides you and Morton College with an idea of your educational goals and the types of opportunities you may successfully pursue. Completing the Form with Morton's Director of Student Activities and Workforce can help you determine the most appropriate next steps in your job/training search.

    Who Do I Contact to Help Me Complete the Training Provider Exploration Form or for More Information on WIA? 

    Call the Career Planning and Placement Office to make an appointment with Marisol Velazquez, Director of Student Activities and Workforce, at (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2468 or contact her via e-mail at: cpp@morton.edu

    WIA Links and Resources

    Illinois Workforce Development System
    Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
    Illinois workNet Center