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WIOA Youth Eligibility Information

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides funding for education and training to eligible individuals to enhance their current skills or learn a new trade.


If you are interested in attending school for the first time, returning to school to increase your education, obtaining your GED, or obtaining a CDL License, review the information below before watching a WIOA Overview Session.  If you are currently attending school, please visit the Adult/DW eligibility page.


Please use the following questions to help determine if this program will be a good fit for you!

Factors to Consider before Applying for WIOA Education Assistance
1. Do you live in, or have been laid off from employment in one of these counties? 

Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun Stephens, Towns, Union, or White

If not, you will need to find the WorkSource Center serving your area. To do so, go to: 

2. Are you between the ages of 16 - 24 and not currently attending high school, college, or technical college?

Do you have a qualifying factor listed below?

  • Is pregnant or parenting

  • Does not have a High School Diploma

  • Is subject to the juvenile or adult justice system

  • Homeless

  • A runaway, in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system

  • Have a documented disability 

If yes, total household income does not need to be verified. 


If not, do you need additional assistance due to life circumstances and fit one of the following definitions:

  • ESOL student

  • Has never held a job

  • Has been fired from a job within the 12 months prior to program application

  • Has never held a full-time job for more than 13 consecutive weeks

  • Has a family history of chronic unemployment, including long-term public assistance

  • Has been unemployed six months out of the last two years

  • Little or no successful work experience, a long and unsuccessful work search, or little to no exposure to successfully employed adults

  • High school graduate who has not held a full-time regular job for more than three consecutive months

  • Resides in a non-traditional household setting (i.e., single parent, lives with an unofficial guardian, latchkey, grandparents, domestic partners, etc.)

  • Lives with only one or neither of his/her natural parents

  • Lives in public housing

  • Lives in a federally high poverty area such as a census tract

  • Migrant Youth

Total Household income does need to be verified. 

If not, please return to the Adult/DW screening tool.

3. Is your career choice and school funded by WSGMs?

Please review the WSGM's Eligible Training Programs and Eligible Training Facilities list.

4. Are you seeking a four-year college or an advanced degree?

Training assistance for individuals seeking four-year College and advanced degrees will only be approved once they can be completed within the time limits set by WorkSource Georgia Mountains (2 years or less) and lead to a recognized credential.  General liberal arts degrees will not be approved or funded.

5. What are the qualifications for help with your GED?

Please visit our GED information page. If you have further questions please contact our office at 770.538.2727.

Thank you for your interest in the WIOA grant. The next step is to view the Overview Session:

If you believe you are eligible, please contact us for the application:


Catherine Allen at 

or call 770.538.2728

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