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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 Skokie. Held every first and third Tuesday of the month. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Next WIA Orientations
    Tuesday, August 5, 2014
    Tuesday, August 19, 2014
    Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    Tuesday, October 7, 2014
    Tuesday, October 21,2014
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014
    Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    Tuesday, December 2, 2014
    Tuesday, December 16, 2014
  • 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



January 12
Faculty return for spring 2015 semester.

January 16
Winterim classes end.

January 19
Martin Luther King holiday, College closed.

January 20
Spring 2015 semester classes begin.

January 21
Winterim faculty grading due.

January 26
Last day to submit proof of residency, business service agreements and chargebacks/joint agreements.

February 15
Last day to withdraw from 16-week courses and have course dropped from record.

February 16
Presidents Day holiday, College closed.

February 17
Last day to change to audit for 16-week courses.

March 1
Incomplete (I) grades from fall 2014 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.

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