The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Dislocated Worker program offers individualized career coaching services for people who are out of work through no fault of their own.

If you were laid off from your job due to a lack of work, cut-backs, or business closing and are collecting  Unemployment Insurance (UI), you will likely qualify as a Dislocated Worker (more on eligibility below).

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 Engagement Specialists
  • 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


Individuals 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: Short-term training to brush up skills, or long-term training to acquire skills in a new field. Some individuals also use the program to obtain new certifications or renew already held certifications.

Training opportunities support in-demand industry sectors and occupations that have a high potential for economic growth. Currently, in our local area these industries include construction, healthcare, professional services, and retail/hospitality.

If you are considering additional education or upgrading your skills, the Maryland Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) is an online collection of training programs approved for training assistance through WIOA.

Search Maryland Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) online:

  • Find training programs for in-demand occupations
  • Search by institution, occupation, or location of training
  • Find cost of tuition, length of training and expected credential at completion of ETPL programs

Clients who have obtained training through the WIOA Dislocated Worker 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

Supportive Services

The WIOA Dislocated Worker 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.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to take advantage of the WIOA Dislocated Worker Program, individuals must meet the following eligibility requirements*:

If you were laid off from your job due to a lack of work, cut-backs, or business closing and are collecting Unemployment Insurance (UI), you will qualify as a Dislocated Worker.


If you have been receiving financial support from a family member while you are either unemployed or underemployed, and are no longer receiving that support, you may qualify as a Displaced Homemaker.


  • 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

*Documentation is required


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.