WorkforceDevelopmentLogoABINGDON, VIRGINIA– Virginia Highlands Community College is a Certified Training Provider for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a federal law which provides training for people who are out of work, those that need training to change career paths, or people whose skills need improving in order to obtain a new job. Candidates must be determined, eligible, and suitable in order to receive WIOA funds. If eligible, candidates can have their full tuition covered as well as any additional expenses necessary to start a new career. Virginia Highlands Community College offers training programs, but does not determine if you qualify for WIOA training funds. This program has open enrollment and payment plan options for those who may not qualify for WIOA funds.

The Phlebotomy Technician Career Training Program is just one of the many programs approved and eligible for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act at Virginia Highlands Community College. For more information, contact Workforce Development & Continuing Education at [email protected] or 276.739.2430.

WIOA modernizes and improves existing federal workforce development programs, helps workers attain skills for 21st century jobs, provides support to people with disabilities to enter and remain in competitive, integrated job settings, and fosters the modern workforce that evolving American businesses rely on to compete. In addition to winning strong bipartisan support in both chambers, the bill is supported by a broad array of labor, business, workforce development leaders, and disability advocates, as well as governors and mayors from around the country.

Through a network of local workforce areas, community-based organizations, including education and workforce providers, come together to address the needs of dislocated workers and individuals with barriers to employment. Citizens that need this assistance include veterans, persons with disabilities, youth, and low-income individuals. The ultimate goal is to connect them with employment and training opportunities that will help them achieve self-sufficiency and economic prosperity.

Under the WIOA, state agencies, educated partners and community-based organizations come together through the Local Workforce Boards to work with private employers on creating employer-focused strategies. Employing a win-win strategy, community organizations will help employers to address their need for qualified workers and ensure participants are competitive in the job market.

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