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How Can WIOA Help Career Seekers?

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act participants are able to earn an associates degree or certificate at no cost to themselves! Upon program completion, recipients will be prepared to succeed and thrive in the current labor market.

Does WIOA really pay for me to get a free Degree or Certificate?

Does WIOA really pay for me to get a free Degree or Certificate? YES!  Eligible individuals within approved programs get all of their tuition, fees, supplies, and books paid for as long as adequate progress is being made towards their degree or certificate.

Am I eligible for WIOA? WIOA works for individuals in a variety of circumstances. You could be eligible if you are:

  • Unemployed
  • Laid Off 
  • Low Income 
  • Juvenile Justice Involved
  • Pregnant or Parenting
  • Homeless
  • Runaway or in Foster Care
  • Individual with a Disability
  • Ages 16-24 and either: finished high school or withdrew without diploma

For information about how to qualify, contact Brooke Taylor at 618-222-5553 or

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