Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Guidance

Admissions representatives and advisors working with low income, unemployed, dislocated, or underemployed students may wish to ensure students have verified whether they are eligible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) education grants as part of their intake process – and will want to be aware of college credit and noncredit programs that are eligible for WIOA funding.

Advising Students of WIOA Resources

  • WIOA education support funding eligibility determination is part of the Minnesota CareerForce intake process. During the pandemic response, students should make connections with their local CareerForce Center (workforce center) and begin the eligibility process online.
  • To review a list of college programs approved for WIOA funding see the Career and Education Explorer operated by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Guidance and Resources for Campuses

Visit the Workforce Development Connect site (sign in with StarID) to find:

  • Resources for campuses wishing to have their programs or courses certified for WIOA funding
  • Minnesota State system office and DEED contacts
  • A list of other helpful links and resources including a link to the public-facing ETPL where you can see if your programs are currently certified

Questions? Contact Sandy Loney.

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