Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act partners work together to provide services in one location (the American Job Center).
WIOA Title I programs:
Adult, Dislocated Worker
Youth Job Corps
Native American programs
Migrant Seasonal Farmworker programs
Wagner-Peyser Act Employment Service programs
Jobs for Veterans
Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA)
Adult Education offers preparation for the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) in order to help students earn the West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma. They also offer programs to help students prepare for employment and post-secondary education. Modules on employability skills are offered. Various Fast Track courses are offered in order to help students accomplish goals in short-term periods of time. The classes offer assistance in filling out the FAFSA for college, gaining computer skills and career exploration. Some classes offer English Language Acquisition for English Language Learners and beginning literacy classes. Classes will also help learners increase their skill levels to enter post-secondary education. Certifications are now available in Customer Service and IC3. Distance learning opportunities are available from qualified staff members. Certain teachers are also trained in higher levels of technology, including 3D printing.
Division of Rehabilitation services
The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), an agency within the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts, is the state agency responsible for the operation of the state and federal vocational rehabilitation program, which specializes in providing employment-related services to high school students and adults with disabilities. DRS also provides services to employers throughout the state to help them meet their workforce needs.
The starting points for services are the 30 field offices the agency has throughout the state. Rehabilitation counselors at the field offices help with applications. Once eligibility is determined, counselors and clients work as a team to develop a plan to meet the individual's employment goals. Services are tailored to meet the individual needs of the client.
DRS services may include vocational counseling and guidance evaluation and assessment, job development, job placement assistance, vocational training, college assistance, rehabilitation technology and assistive technology.
DRS also has transition counselors whose primary responsibilities are to work through West Virginia high schools to provide pre-employment transition services and career planning services to high school students with disabilities.
Community Services Block Grant programs—Community Resources inc.
Community Resources believes every family experiencing poverty needs the resources to develop economic opportunities and jobs, financial independence, health and nutrition, bright futures for their children, and adequate housing opportunities.
For 30 years, CRI has worked in dozens of communities to establish resources for families to become self-sustainable. CRI’s programs and services have impacted communities such as Jackson, Roane, Ritchie, Calhoun, Wood, Wirt, Pleasants, Gilmer, Doddridge, Tyler, and Wetzel counties.