WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) Programs

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 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.

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

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

1.   Attend a WIOA Orientations at the Skokie campus. Orientations are offered the first and third Tuesday of the month, 2 – 3 p.m., room A151. They are also offered at the Evanston Public Library. Orientations are offered the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 3 – 4 p.m., WIOA Computer Resource Lab.

Upcoming WIOA Orientations
Skokie   Evanston

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Tuesday, June 16, 2020


Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

WIOA 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 WIOA-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 847.635.1700 (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