Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA)

OVERVIEW 

The purpose for Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) is to increase, for individuals in the United States, particularly those individuals with barriers to employment, access to and opportunities for the employment, education, training and support services the need to succeed in the labor market.  Time on the program is limited in accordance with the guidelines. The service delivery area compromises the 10.5 counties within the Choctaw Nation boundaries. 

Employment and Training Programs offered through WIOA 

Work Experience 

  •  Participants are provided with basic work skills and good work habits necessary to enter into the job market. 
  •  Placement with employing agencies such as businesses and organizations, both public and non-profit. 
  •  Employment training provided based on participant and service area needed. 
  • 100% payment to participant for up to three months (90 days). 
  •  Workman’s compensation insurance provided. 
  •  If required, background and drug screening is paid by the employer. 

On The Job Training

  •  Training provided in the public or private sector. 
  •  Prepares participants for full or part-time employment. 
  •  Assists participant in becoming self-sufficient. 
  •  50% reimbursement to employer for up to three months (90 days) during the training period. 
  •  Employer is required to provide Worker’s Compensation Insurance. 
  •  If required, background and drug screening is paid by the employer. 

Classroom Training 

  •  Funding provided for vocational training, certifications, and other courses at accredited colleges, universities, vocational institutions, and accredited specialized training institutions. 
  •  Enhances skills and employability to meet job market demands requiring technical and specialized training. 

Adult Program(s) Eligibility Requirements: 

Applicants applying for employment and training services must be unemployed, underemployed, upgrading skills for career advancement or seeking retraining of skills to obtain employment. To determine applicant eligibility for employment and training programs, the following documents are required: 

  •  Copy of Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) or Tribal Membership – Federally Recognized Tribe 
  •  Copy of Social Security Card 
  •  Copy of Photo Identification 
  •  Selective Service – Males 18 years and older 
  •  Household income verification (most recent check stub, w2, tax return, etc.) 
  •  Residence Verification – junk mail, utility bill, etc. 
  •  Proof of Education – Transcript, Diploma, ACT, SAT or TABE assessment 
  •  Signed Employability Development Plan 
  •  Signed Acknowledgement Form 
  •  FERPA 

Other documents may be requested for Employment or Education/Training services. 

Youth Work Program (Applications accepted January 1st through April 1st) 

  •  Participants ages 16- 21 on or before 1st day of work. 
  •  Participants are permitted to work 5 weeks. 
  •  Participants are provided with basic work skills and good work habits necessary to enter into the job market. 
  •  Placement with employing agencies such as businesses and organizations, both public and non-profit. 
  •  Employment training provided based on participant and service area needed. 
  •  Workman’s compensation insurance provided. 
  •  If required, background and drug screening is paid by the employer. 

Youth Work Program Eligibility Requirements: 

 Applicants applying for youth services must meet supplemental youth eligibility requirements. To determine applicant eligibility for youth employment and training programs, the following documents are required: 

  •  Copy of Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) or Tribal Membership – Federally Recognized Tribe 
  •  Copy of Social Security Card 
  •  Copy of Photo Identification 
  •  Selective Service – Males 18 years and older 
  •  Household income verification (most recent check stub, w2, tax return, etc.) 
  •  Residence Verification – proof of mailing and physical address if different (junk mail, utility bill, etc.) 
  •  Signed Employability Development Plan 
  •  Signed Acknowledgement Form 
  •  Signed Statement of Understanding – Applicants below 18 years of age 

Other documents needed: 

  •  Proof of Education – Transcript, Diploma, ACT, SAT or TABE assessment 
  •  FERPA 

HOW TO APPLY Complete the online application by clicking here

Adult employment and short term training reimbursement applicants may apply at any time. 

Classroom Training applicants attending a college or university will need to submit an application prior to deadline: 

                    Semester Quarter                                                  Application Deadline

                    Spring Semester (January – May)                        February 15th

                    Summer Semester (June – July)                           June 15th

                    Fall Semester (August – December)                    September 15th

                    Youth Work Program applicants MUST reapply each year prior to the application deadline. 

                    Application Open                                                               Application Deadline 

                    January 1st                                                                           April 1st

PROGRAM CONTACTS 

Contact our office by dialing 1-800-522-6170

Classroom Training (CRT) - Coordinator at Extension 2462. 

On-the-Job Training (OJT) - Workforce Specialists at Extensions 2203, 2208, 2326 or 2394. 

Work Experience (WE) - Workforce Specialists at Extensions 2203, 2208, 2326 or 2394. 

Youth Work Program - Workforce Specialists at Extensions 2203, 2208, 2326, or 2394. 

Applicants must meet eligibility guidelines to receive WIOA services. 

Director – Patty Hyde, Ext. 2209 ● Assistant Director – Shanna Douglas, Ext. 2394 

WIOA HELPFUL LINKS

Choctaw Careers:

Choctaw Choctaw Nation Career Development: 

Oklahoma Workforce: 

GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION 

President Barack Obama signed WIOA into law on July 22, 2014. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system. WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. (https://www.doleta.gov/WIOA/

Public Law 102-477 is the Indian Employment, Training, and Related Services Demonstration Act of 1992, as amended by Public Law 106-568, the Omnibus Indian Advancement Act of 2000. Public Law 102-477 is unique among Federal legislation, in that it allows Federally-recognized Tribes and Alaska Native entities to combine formula-funded Federal grants funds, which are employment and training-related into a single plan with a single budget and a single reporting system. (https://www.doleta.gov/dinap/cfml/477glnc1.cfm

Programs are based on funding availability and are subject to change without prior notice. September 2018