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Training Assistance

Training Services

At WorkSource Cobb, we strive to provide you with the best possible customer service as we assist you with career planning, training decisions, and eligibility determination for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) training assistance. To accommodate the large number of customers requesting assistance, we utilize a self-managed application process. You are responsible for reviewing all the information contained below regarding training assistance and submitting your completed application with all required documentation.

NOTE: If you do not live or work in Cobb County, you will need to find the American Job Center serving your area. To do so, go to: http://metroatlantaexchange.org/worksource-metro-atlanta/

Factors to Consider Before Applying for WIOA Training Services

Please review the information below prior to completing the WIOA training application. Once you have read and understand the factors, click the checkbox below to continue.

Have you recently completed WIOA funded training?

  • There is a 2-year wait policy for those who have completed WIOA funded training.
  • An individual who has had WIOA funded training but did not complete the training will not be considered for additional training.
  • An individual who completed prior WIOA funded training but was exited without employment will be required to provide information to substantiate extenuating circumstances for lack of successful placement.
  • A person who completed training but has failed to take credentialing exam (especially in the IT field); will be required to provide information to substantiate extenuating circumstances for lack of credential prior to re-enrollment.

Are you seeking a four-year college or advanced degree?

  • Training assistance for individuals seeking four-year College and advanced degrees will only be approved for funding in areas that are occupational specific, and are in current demand areas, and can be completed within the time limits by WorkSource Cobb/CobbWorks.
  • General liberal arts degrees will not be approved or funded.
  • Some examples of approved degree programs include: teaching, accounting, nursing and medical related occupations.
  • Please note that additional options are approved for persons considering training in the health care critical shortages occupations.

Have you recently completed a degree, certification or other training?

  • Customers who have received non-WIOA funded training (within 2 years or less) will NOT be considered for training services
  • Career pathways in healthcare may be approved on a case-by-case basis
  • A case-by-case determination will be made in the marketability of a prior degree or certificate.

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Application Process

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Is my training program funded by WIOA?

Am I eligible for WIOA funding?

Am I ready to complete the application?

I've completed the application, now what?

What's Next?

I have more questions

Is my training program funded by WIOA?

Create a profile at www.workreadyga.org to access Eligible Training Programs and Eligible Training Facilities (Eligible Provider List/EPL). Once registered, click the links below to identify training providers and programs funded through WIOA.

Please note: Not all training programs listed are currently funded. When choosing a program, make sure to select only those identified with a check mark. 

You should consider a number of factors when investigating programs on the EPL:

  • Location of the institution or training provider
  • Schedule and duration of the desired program (Will you be able to attend all classes and complete the program?)
  • Past performance of students in terms of completion, credential attainment, job placement, and placement wages
  • Availability of success rate of placement assistance at the institution
  • Your learning style compatibility with training format (instructor-led, computer-based, team format, self-directed)
  • Quality of facilities, equipment and instructors

Other "Do's and Don'ts" related to selecting your training provider:

  • Do visit training providers and audit a class prior to your final decision
  • Do work very closely with your Career and Training Advisor (CTA) in selecting programs and schools
  • Do gain a clear understanding of what is covered by the training costs (testing, supplies, equipment, licenses, application fees, etc.) as well as any expense you may have that are not covered by your ITA
  • Don't sign any contracts, loan applications, or agreements with the provider without discussing with your CTA
  • Don't begin classes expecting WIOA payment until your training plan is completed, signed, and approved by your CTA; a training voucher is the only approved payment method for training
  • Don't make any payments to the provider without discussing with your CTA; remember, you cannot be reimbursed for any payments you may make

NOTE: WIOA does not pay for prerequisite and developmental courses. For instance, participants seeking occupations in healthcare must complete the college's prerequisite Healthcare Science and/or Healthcare Assistant Programs before applying for a seat in one of these programs (proof of completion required). Please contact the school for additional information.

Am I eligible for WIOA funding?

In order to receive WIOA funded training you must fall into one of the two main eligibility categories. Review the classifications below to see if you meet the general requirements before proceeding. Once you have determined where you best fit, click on the corresponding link below for the document checklist.

DISLOCATED WORKER ELIGIBILITY

Dislocated Workers are individuals with significant attachment to the workforce but have lost their employment or income from employment for one or more of the following circumstances:

1) Recently laid off

2) Laid off but currently working making less than 80% of former wages and/or using significantly fewer skills or abilities than the job of dislocation.

3) Displaced as a homemaker

 

ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED ELIGIBILITY

Adults/Economically Disadvantaged are individuals age 18 and older who may be eligible based on family size and income. If you are receiving food stamps or fall within the low-income guidelines below, then you will fall under the Adult/Economically Disadvantaged category of eligibility.

Adult (Low-Income) Guidelines for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Effective Date: May 30, 2017

Family Size Annual Income

Six Month Eligibility Period Income

One $24,280 $ 12,140
Two $32,920 $ 16,460
Three $41,560 $ 20,780
Four $50,200 $ 25,100
Five $58,840 $ 29,420
Six $67,480 $ 33,740
Seven $76,120 $ 38,060
Eight $84,760 $ 42,380
     
Additional Family Members $8,640 for each additional family member $4,320 for each additional family member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Am I ready to complete the application?

Prior to completing the application, verify that you did the following:

  • Selected your training program and facility
  • Identified your eligibility category
  • Registered at www.workreadyga.org 

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS. Applicants are responsible for ensuring all required documentation is attached to the application. Missing documentation will delay the processing of your application. You will receive a written response to your application and instructions for next steps within seven days of its receipt.

Applications will only be accepted in person at the WorkSource Cobb/CobbWorks’ office located at 463 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 100, Marietta, GA 30060. If you require assistance completing the application, contact us at 770-528-4300. NOTE: You will be required to complete a grievance policy acknowledgment at the time your application is submitted.

I've completed the application, now what?

Once you have submitted your application, you can expect to be notified of your eligibilty 7-10 business days via mail after it has been reviewed. Eligible customers with fully completed application packets will be scheduled for the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) assessment. 

The TABE assessment will evaluate your basic skills in reading, language and math. The assessment is not a “pass-fail” test, but is used in conjunction with other information you provide to assess the likelihood of your success in your chosen training program. You must achieve at least the minimum grade level required by the training program as published on the Eligible Provider List or an 8.0 if not indicated on the list. For more information on TABE. Other assessment instruments may also be used to determine your suitability for your training.

Eligible customers with fully completed application packets will be scheduled for the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) assessment approximately one week from the date that your application is reviewed and you are determined eligible.

For more information on TABE, see link below. 

What's Next?

TABE Completion:

After meeting the minimum TABE requirements, you will be assigned a Career and Training Advisor (CTA). You will be required to provide your CTA samples of a minimum of 10 jobs that you would be qualified for after the completion of training. Your CTA will determine further eligibility and suitability for your training program and complete steps for enrollment.

After Eligibility Determination:

Upon approval from your CTA, apply to the institution and obtain your acceptance letter. If you are applying for a program at an institution that accepts PELL or HOPE grants or other financial aid, you must apply for that assistance by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov) and the HOPE grant application (www.gsfc.org). Your CTA will help you determine if these resources may be available to you and if you must apply. 

Submit your acceptance letter and course schedule to your CTA and complete any other required paperwork to generate a training voucher. Sign your training agreement with your CTA and follow any further directions to begin your training. 

Once You Begin Training:

Maintain monthly contact with your CTA for progress updates. Contact your CTA immediately with any problems or issues you may be having or if you anticipate no longer attending school.

Post Training Plan:

As your training ends, contact your CTA to plan your job search strategies. Complete your training and any related testing to obtain relevant licenses, credentials, or certifications. 

Begin your job search immediately and contact your CTA if you need additional assistance. Be sure to utilize the training provider’s job placement assistance resources. 

Report your employment immediately to your CTA and let us know if you encounter any problems at work or stop working. 

Respond to requests for updates for one year after you complete training and go to work. As a federally funded program with specific performance requirements, we are evaluated positively when you 1) complete training, 2) obtain employment, 3) earn good wages, and 4) stay employed over time. If you are not successful in any of these areas, we are penalized and risk losing funding to help other customers. Please work with us to track and document your success. 

 

I have more questions

Q: What is WIOA?

WIOA stands for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  WIOA was established in 2015 to prepare youth, adults, and dislocated workers for entry and re-entry into the workforce. WIOA training funds are designed to serve laid-off individuals, older youth, and adults who are in need of training to enter or re-enter the labor market.

 

Q: Am I entitled to WIOA funding?

WIOA is not an entitlement program. The Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Vol 65, No.156; 8/11/00 Rules & Regulations states: “Under WIOA, access to training or any other services is not an entitlement.”

 

Q: What do I need to bring with me to determine if I’m qualified for training?

Please bring proof of citizenship (social security card, passport, birth certificate or INS/Green Card). If you have been affected by a layoff, please bring a copy of your layoff notice.

 

Q: Under WIOA, who are Dislocated Workers, Displaced Homemakers, Adults?

Dislocated Workers are individuals with significant attachment to the workforce but have lost their employment or income from employment for one or more of the following circumstances:

  • Has been laid off and received a Separation Notice and is eligible for or has exhausted U. I. or is
  • not eligible for U. I. due to insufficient earnings or having performed work for a non-covered employer, but has been employed for the duration to show attachment to the workforce (6 months) and
  • is unlikely to return the previous occupation without additional services or training
  • Is employed at a facility at which the employer has made a general announcement that such facility
  • will close within 180 days
  • Previously self-employed and unemployed due to a natural disaster or general economic conditions
  • After a layoff, have become reemployed in an income maintenance position and meets the definition
  • of a currently employed dislocated worker.

Currently employed dislocated workers may be determined eligible for services if the customer’s current employment meets all of the following conditions: The individual is currently making less than 80% of former wages, and/or is in employment that uses significantly fewer skills or abilities than the job of dislocation.

Displaced Homemakers (male or female)

  • An individual who has been providing unpaid services to family members in the home and who
  • Has been dependent on the income of another family member(s) but is no longer supported by that income and is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment (may include spouses of dislocated workers)

Adults are individuals age 18 and older who may be eligible based on family size and income.

 

Q: Once I submit my application, how long before I can begin my training?

After you are determined eligible for a WIOA Training Account and completed the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE), with the entry level score your school choice requires; every effort is made to help you begin as soon as possible. Note: Technical College and University System classes are scheduled by semester. Application deadlines are many weeks earlier than actual class start dates.

Q: Can I continue to receive unemployment insurance while in training?

Yes. As a dislocated worker you will be given a special claimant trainee status while you’re in an approved training program. This means that you may continue to draw unemployment insurance while you are in full-time training (full-time as defined by the school). Please note that you may exhaust unemployment insurance before you finish training if you select a training program longer than your employment benefits are scheduled to last.

Q: Am I eligible to receive Trade benefits for Training?

Trade Adjustment Training assistance is handled through the local GA Dept of Labor Career Centers. Currently, trade-eligible workers have until the 26th week after the certification date or the mass qualifying separation date, whichever is later, to enroll in training. The maximum length of training under Trade is 156 weeks.

 

Q: Will I have to apply for a loan to supplement WIOA?

Do not attend classes or pay in advance for any training that you expect to be paid for by WIOA funding until your training plan is complete, signed and approved by your Training and Career Advisors. WIOA discourages customers from taking out loans. You will be required to apply for PELL and HOPE Grants. A list of additional financial aid sources is available.

 

Q: What are some of the training programs that are most frequently funded by WIOA?

Some of the most popular programs include: healthcare occupations, clerical and office technology, accounting, advanced computer technology, industrial maintenance, electronics, computer and office machine repair, welding, truck driving, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning repair.

 

Q: Can I attend any school or training program I wish?

The school and the training program must be on the Georgia Statewide Eligible Provider List. at www.workreadyga.org and must be approved by the local workforce boards. Training facilities and programs are determined eligible based on the Metro Area Job Outlook and Demand Occupations. Totally online programs are not generally approved. Short-term prevocational services, such as certain test preparation courses, may be approved.

 

Q: Will WIOA pay for any training that I wish to take?

Presently skills’ training is only provided for occupational specific jobs and careers where hourly rates and salaries are paid. Totally commission, fee-based careers such as real estate, cosmetology, massage therapy and nail technicians are not approved for funding. Lists of additional sources of financial aid are available for clients who wish to pursue these careers. Short-term certification and exam preparation courses are offered based on individual need. There are also limits on the amount of funding available for training ($5,000 for up to one year of training; $8,000 for up to two years of training).

There are careers in education, information technology, accounting, health care and truck driving in which a person with a criminal background will not be hired. Information on the specific careers and the regulations regarding career certification is available in the Career Resource Center. WorkSource Cobb/CobbWorks will not fund training in any area where a person cannot expect to be employed.

 

Q: How long can my training last?

WIOA may be approved for short or long-term training for up to 2 years. Programs should not exceed 104 weeks (2 years). Exceptions to this policy may be approved on a case-by-case basis and requests should include evidence that financial support is available during extended training periods. Note: Limitations have been increased to four years for graduate degrees for Registered Nurses seeking nursing instructor positions at universities and technical colleges. Applicants with non-medial baccalaureate degrees will be considered for accelerated Registered Nursing Master’s level programs at Regents Schools.

 

Q: Why do some programs require additional testing or experience for approval?

WorkSource Cobb/CobbWorks monitors the labor market and industry demands to ensure the opportunity for success for training participants and requires assessments such as the Prove IT to validate foundational skills in areas of training such as IT and Project Management. Some occupational areas (IT, Project Management, accounting) have strong requirements for related experience for employment/certification and participants would have to have that experience to be approved for training so that they are marketable in that field.

 

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