ADULT CAREER SERVICES
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult program offers individualized career coaching services for eligible individuals 18 and older. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act was signed into law on July 22, 2014 and became effective July 1, 2015.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is designed to help youth, job seekers and businesses. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act requires each Local Workforce Development Area to develop and submit to the Governor a comprehensive four-year local plan, in partnership with the Chief Elected Officials.
Individualized Career Services
- Occupational and Career Assessment tools to identify interests, abilities, and skills
- Job search/placement information
- Weekly “Job Clubs” allowing clients to learn more about various career-related topics
- Access to and assistance understanding labor market information and local industry data
- Development of an Individual Employment Plan/Service Strategy (IEP/ISS)
- Assistance with job leads and employment referrals through JobSource Business Services Representatives
- Assistance with updating and revising resumes (one-on-one)
- Mock interviewing and interview techniques training
- Evaluation and referral for training (may be required to take a Basic Skills Assessment)
Adults enrolled in this program may be able to take advantage of free training opportunities in our in-demand/growing industries. Some examples of these opportunities include:
- Pre-vocational services such as basic computer skills, remedial education (GED Programs/Adult Education)
- Occupational skills training programs through Maryland Eligible Training Provider System (ETPS).
- On-the-job training (OJT) opportunities for industry sectors and occupations in high demand.
Clients who have obtained training through the WIOA Adult Program have begun careers in a variety of occupations.Some of these occupations include:
Manufacturing Technician, Welder, Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Phlebotomist, Aviation Maintenance Technician, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer truck Drivers, Information security Analysts
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult Program may also be able to assist with expenses for books, background checks, uniforms, transportation, or other necessary items individuals may need to achieve employment and/or training goals.
In order to take advantage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult Program, individuals must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- 18 years or older (If you are younger, you may be eligible for the Youth & Young Adult Program)
- Income eligibility (Contact your local Southern Maryland JobSource for more information)
- U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or a documented immigrant
- All clients must maintain regular contact with case managers based on parameters outlined in first appointment
To learn more, visit any of our American Job Centers or attend a WIOA orientation. You can register for a WIOA orientation on the Maryland Workforce Exchange.