Special funding for training and education is available to adult low income and dislocated workers who have lost their jobs through layoffs, plant closings and foreign competition.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) may be able to help you get the skills you need to get a good job or start a new career. If you are interested in career training, you may be eligible for an Individual Training Account, referred to as an ITA. The OhioMeansJobs Jackson County, Job and Family Services WIOA program approves training courses at schools on the State Eligible Training Provider List for careers in high demand occupations. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a customer choice and occupational demand driven program. The programs demand driven approach may require shorter and targeted training in some cases and longer term in others, depending on specific skills and credentials identified as necessary by industry. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program is NOT an entitlement program, all participants must meet the eligibility and suitability criteria before an Individual Training Account (ITA) for training services can be issued. All WIOA participants do not need formal classroom training to be employable. Some may need only a few classes of enhancement and others may need only soft skills enhancement. The local WIOA process flow is designed to ensure compliance is met prior to approval of ITA’s for training services. WIOA counselors and the schools may be able to assist you in finding grants, loans and/or scholarships to help you pay for training costs; WIOA funding is last dollar funding. All customers MUST apply for a PELL Grant to use for schools that are PELL eligible. Contact the WIOA staff at 740-688-4198 for more information.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance program offers education and training funding for unemployed workers who have been affected by foreign trade. In addition, TAA offers other benefits that the Workforce Investment Act may not provide. Contact the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Customer Service Representative at 740-286-4181 extension 242 to learn more about TAA.
Upgrade your skills for a better job
There are many reasons why you might choose to upgrade your skills. You may be young, new to the job market, and you're hoping for something better than a minimum wage job. You may want to change jobs and need new skills to qualify. You may be unemployed or want to improve your performance in the job you now have. Whatever the reason, we live in a world in which change is the one constant and lifelong learning is essential.
Visit the OhioMeansJobs Jackson County Center to access training information from area Career and Technology Centers, Community Colleges and Universities. Helpful resources Explore industry codes, and in demand occupations at any of the following sites:
O*net Online Ohio Labor Market Information
Workforce Information Center
Registered programs that teach high-level skills for today's workplace while earning an income:Apprenticeship Programs
FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid (PELL Grant)
Area Career Technical Centers and Community Colleges
Buckeye Hills Career Center
Rio Grande Community College
Pike County Career Technology Center
Pickaway Ross Career and Technology Center
Scioto County Career Technical Center