ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUALIZED CAREER AND TRAINING SERVICES

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
    or
  • You or your family/household member receives or in the last 6 months received TANF, SNAP or SSI
    or
  •  Your child is eligible to receive free or reduced price lunch under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act
    or
  • 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

LOCAL ROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • 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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