The purpose of Title I of the Workforce Investment Act for 1998 (WIA) is to provide workforce investment activities that increase the employment retention and earning of participants and increase occupational skill attainment by participants, which will improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the Nation’s economy.
Funding Agent-Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration
Funding Cycle-July 1st to June 30th
Delivery Service Area
Caddo, Kiowa, Jackson, Tillman, Harmon and Greer Counties in Oklahoma.
A. Must be 18 years of age or older and be Unemployed, Underemployed or Economically Disadvantaged.
B. Must be an enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe.
C. Must reside within the Servic Delivery Area.
ADULT WORK EXPERIENCE (AWE)- This activity is for those applicants that completed their training course and received certification or they may have graduated from college and lack practical work experience in their field to enter the workforce. We also offer assistance to college students during the summer months to gain work experience to enhance future employment goals. If the applicant has a marketable skill and has been out of the workforce for a year more, the AWE activity can assist them to re-enter the workforce.
ON-THE-JOB TRAINING (OJT)- This activity is for those participants who have a marketable skill and need a short training period to adapt their skill to the working environment of a potential employer. This acitivity can be used to support tribal programs and enterprises and assist in the development of trained personnel.
DIRECT SERVICES- Some applicants have the skills education, traing and certifications to find and secure emplyment, however, lack the finances to retains their employment. The WIA program is able to provide supportive services to assist them with meals, clothing and a transportation allowance until they receive their first paycheck. The applicants requesting assistance must have a completed application on file with the WIA department priop to entering employment.
A. Family income: Pay stubs from previous employer, Unemployment Insurance (U.I.) Documents, Grant Award Letters (BIA/Tribal Grants, Pell, etc.), Public assistance Award Letters (TANF, Food Stamps, Commodities, SSI, VA, Disability, etc.) or letter from employer on letterhead stating wages.
B. Date of birth/age: Birth Certificate, Driver’s License, State I.D., or Work Permit.
C. Residential Address: Utility Bill w/address on it , Rent Receipt, Driver’s License, Canceled Checks, Voter’s Card or Postmarked Mail.
D. Citizenship: Social Security Card, Birth Certificate or Voter’s Registration Card.
E. Degree of Indian Blood: Tribal Enrollment Card or BIA Certification w/roll number.
F. Selective Service Registration: Male applicants only born on or after January 1, 1960. Acknowledgement Card, Registration Card, VIA Telephone Form.
Classroom Training (CRT)-
Occupational: Those applicants who lack marketable skills to obtain employment are encouraged to attend occupational skills training. Beginning this yeear we will be networking with local employers to negotiate contracts to provide assistance for training cost, in exchange we will ask that they commit to hire our applicants upon successful completion of training component. We will utilize the Demand Skilled Occupational Survey to identify employers in our local service area.
Congress passed the WIA law in 1998. It became fully effective on July1, 2000. The Workforce Investment Act authorizes federal funding for a wide variety of services designed to help youth and adults get and keep productive jobs. Section 166 of the Workforce Investment Act provides special funding to Indian and Native American organizations for two programs. The first is a “Comprehensive Services Program (CSP)”. This program replaces the one formerly under the Section 401 of the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA). The second is a “Supplemental Youth Services Program (SYSP)”. This component replaces the tribal component of the JTPA Summer Youth Program.