The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program is federally funded and designed to assist dislocated workers or financially eligible individuals with intensive job search and/or training services. To participate in WIOA services you must meet eligibility and program requirements.

To learn more about the employment and training services available at PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley, please visit our Welcome Center for an Introduction to Services and to complete your JobGateway® enrollment. No appointment is necessary but please refer to Center hours and arrive at least 90 minutes prior to that day's closing time.

WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT ELIGIBILITY  (Required Documentation:  Proof of US citizenship or eligibility to work status, current address, Social Security number, and, if applicable, verification of Selective Service Registration)

  • You must be a US Citizen or eligible to work in the United States
  • You must be a resident of either Lehigh or Northampton County  (If you reside outside of this area, you will need to contact your local PA CareerLink® office.)
  • You must have a Social Security number
  • You must complete your JobGateway®   enrollment including your online resume, Civil Rights Statement, and job preferences
  • If you are a male born on or after January 1, 1960, you must be registered for Selective Service
  • You must be either a dislocated worker or be income eligible  

What makes me a dislocated worker?  (Required Documentation:  Letter of permanent layoff from company, if applicable, Proof of eligibility to receive Unemployment Compensation, pay stub indicating part-time hours, if working)

  • You were permanently laid off from a job no more than three years prior to your WIOA registration date or have received notice of a layoff (Staffing services assignments must have been 6 months or longer to qualify)
  • You are eligible to collect or have exhausted your Unemployment Compensation benefits

  • You are working 28 hours or less per week and your current gross weekly wages are 80% or less than your gross weekly wages from your job of dislocation 

  • You are not working at a job that is similar to the position from which you were laid off

What makes me income eligible?  (Required Documentation:  Proof of gross income for all family members for the last 26 weeks, Public Assistance and/or SSI award letter, documentation of disability)

  • You meet the Total Gross Family Income Guideline for the number of people in your family
  • You or your family/household member receives or in the last 6 months received TANF, SNAP or SSI
  •  Your child is eligible to receive free or reduced price lunch under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act
  • You are a person with a documented disability and meet the Total Gross Family Income for a family of one

Total Number in Family

Total Gross Family Income for the Last 6 Months
(Do Not Include Unemployment Compensation, Cash Public Assistance or Child Support)

    Adult Individualized Career and Training Services (effective 5/23/17)
1 at or below $15,557
2 at or below $20,949
3 at or below $26,341
4 at or below $31,734
5 at or below $37,126
6 at or below $42,158


  • You must have a High School diploma or GED at the start of your training program 

  • You must not have marketable or in-demand skills to be considered for training

  • You must request training in a High Priority Occupation within a Lehigh Valley Targeted Industry Cluster

  • You must obtain the minimum WorkKeys® scores aligned with your occupational choice

  • You must meet the training provider's entrance requirements

  • You must complete training within 24 months from the start date of WIOA funding

  • You must be seeking full-time training related employment after training completion

WIOA Information Session
Session dates, times, and registration are available at the Reception Desk or by calling 610-437-5627, extension 260.  Please report to the receptionist 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Sessions start promptly and late arrivals will not be permitted. Be prepared to stay at least 2 1/2 hours.

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Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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