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WIA (Workforce Investment Act) Programs

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) combines federally-funded Illinois job training programs into a comprehensive “workforce development” system through which individuals can find a job or train for a new career.

WIA provides funding to upgrade computer and personal skills and take classes to retrain for an occupation.  WIA-eligible individuals may be awarded an Individual Training Account (ITA), which can be used for WIA-approved programs at WIA-approved training provider sites, such as Oakton Community College.

If you would like to participate in WIA, here’s how to get started:

1.   Attend a WIA Orientation at the Skokie campus. Orientations are offered the first and third Tuesday of the month, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., room A151

Upcoming WIA Orientations
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 (Room C114)
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Tuesday, October 20,2015
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

WIA Orientations are open to the public and registration is not required. You do not need to bring anything to the Orientation except for pen and paper to take notes.

2.    After the orientation, review the WIA-approved programs available at Oakton.

3.    Contact Advising Services to make an appointment with an Academic Advisor to learn more about the program and Oakton’s policies and procedures.  You can reach us at 847.635.1741 (Des Plaines) or 847.635.1400 (Skokie)

Locations of local workNet offices:

Oakton Community College
National Able Network (Skokie Campus)
7701 Lincoln Avenue, Room A151
Skokie, IL 60077

Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington Avenue, 3rd floor
Evanston, IL  60201

Illinois workNet Center
723 West Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL  60005



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