WIOA

  • What is the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)?

    WIOA is a federally funded grant program designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

    Services provided by WIOA include case management, career planning, job search and placement assistance. Individuals may also obtain vocational training funds in high demand occupations. Funding for training programs is dependent on the customer’s suitability for the training. Suitability for training is based on the intake process at your local Workforce Center.

    What is an Individual Training Account (ITA) Voucher?

    Those eligible to receive WIOA funds to be applied to training are awarded ITA vouchers which can be used only to pay for WIOA certified programs at approved schools.

    How Do I Get an ITA voucher?

    Dislocated workers or low-income adults who meet WIOA eligibility requirements may be eligible to receive an ITA through WIOA 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.

    What does WIOA ITA voucher cover?

    Training funds cover tuition, books and fees. Voucher amounts vary, up to $8,000, depending on the total training cost and occupation you are training for.

    Approved WIOA Programs at Morton College

    Morton College is a WIOA Certified Training Provider and offers over 20 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 WIOA participants.

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

    Please note not all Morton College programs are approved for WIOA.

    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 College 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 WIOA?

    Contact the Career Services Office:

    Phone: (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2468
    FAX: (708) 656-9560 

    WIOA Links and Resources

    Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
    Illinois workNet Center
    Illinois Department of Employment Security