Workforce Development—Frequently Asked Questions
P.O. Box 1720 Gainesville, GA 30503 · 1310 West Ridge Road Gainesville, GA 30501 · (770) 538-2626
Q: Do I have to repay any of the funds I receive from WD?
R: No. Workforce Development is a federal grant program, not a loan. However, receiving funds through fraudulent means would require repayment and possibly other legal penalties.
Q: Do I need permission to change classes or programs?
A: Yes. Keep in mind that Workforce Development only assists with one(1) program of study. Your choice is documented at the time of intake/application, and in the Enrollment Agreement
Q: What happens if I drop out of school?
R: Customers are required to communicate any and all curriculum changes, or personal situations that may impact their program completion, with their Case Manager. Concerns of this nature are handled on a case-by-case basis. Workforce Development funding may not be approved in future applications.
Q: Am I allowed to work during my training?
R: Yes. As long as you maintain full-time student status as defined by your training provider, and you do not let work interfere with your studies and/or grades. Please keep in mind that it is your responsibility to know and understand the guidelines of the various funding sources that you may be receiving such as Pell, HOPE and unemployment insurance.
Q: How long do I have to complete my training?
R: Two(2) years is the maximum time allowable including all remedial, developmental and/or provisional courses. Certain medical conditions are the exception and will be handled on an individual needs level.
Q: Does Workforce Development pay for books and supplies?
R: Yes. Workforce Development has specific policies for required program components or supplies and a dollar limit is placed on certain items.
Q: Do I have to report Workforce Development funds to the Internal Revenue Service?
R: No. Workforce Development training funds and/or supportive services payments are not taxable and do not need to be shown on your income tax returns. Please speak with a CPA or tax preparation professional for more detailed information.
Q: How long does it take to get Workforce Development Approval?
A: There is not a definite or even standard time frame for approval. Workforce Development is not an Entitlement Program. Assistance will not be approved until the applicant submits all required paperwork and documentation to the WD intake specialist and applicant is determined to be eligible.
For information about any of our Workforce Development Program opportunities,
please call our office (770)538-2727