What is WIOA?
WIOA is an acronym for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. WIOA is a federally funded program established in July 2014 to assist youth, adults, and dislocated workers in the entry and re-entry into the workforce.
What is the Middle Georgia Consortium?
The Consortium is a local government partner in the local workforce development system, along with state, federal, and other public and private agencies. As such, it seeks to be a community resource and positive influence for the benefit of the community.
The Consortium exists to improve the labor market success of Middle Georgians by paying tuition and fees for qualified individuals participating in classroom training and On-the-Job training (OJT) activities. Labor market success will, in turn, result in increased educational and occupational skills, increased employment and earnings and decreased welfare dependency.
What is the Middle Georgia Service Area?
The Middle Georgia Consortium Inc. service area is composed of ten (10) counties which are: Baldwin, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkinson. The Consortium provides workforce development services to residents of our area who qualify.
Who is eligible for WIOA?
The WIOA program serves individuals who are 18 years old or older who meet certain income requirements and who may possess certain barriers to employment and individuals who have been laid off through company downsizing, lack of work or a business closure. Also, our WIOA youth program serves youth between the ages of 14 through 24 who meet certain income requirements and who possess certain barriers.
How do I apply for WIOA Training Services?
Click on the link below to get information on how to apply or just call us at 478-953-4771.
What programs of study qualify?
Those directly linked to employment opportunities ("occupational specific" programs) such as;
- Diploma programs at technical colleges
- Associate level programs in most health service areas
- Bachelors level programs in selected majors
- Masters level programs if the student’s bachelor’s degree is not "occupational specific."
What do you mean by "occupational specific" bachelor’s programs?
A degree that prepares the graduating student for a specific job is considered an "occupational specific" degree. Examples are: accounting majors, computer programming majors, computer science majors, nursing majors, teaching majors, etc.
What students qualify for training?
- Students accepted at local post-secondary institutions
- College Juniors & Seniors
- College students in Health Services associate programs
- Graduate students without an "occupational specific" Bachelor’s degree
- Students who can complete in 2 years
- Students in good standing (2.5 GPA+)
- Full-time students (12 credit hours +)
- Low income, laid off or receiving TANF and/or SNAP
- Middle Georgia area residents in the ten (10) counties we service.
Where can I find the "Initial Assessment" form that I need to complete?
Click on the following link to access this form:
Do I have to complete my core classes before I’m accepted into WIOA?
Yes, for certain post-secondary programs (nursing, radiology, respiratory therapy, etc.) at technical colleges, you must have your core classes completed and have already been accepted into your program of study. For four year colleges and universities, you must have completed two (2) years toward your major and be classified as a junior or higher in your major.