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WIOA 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.


Whether you are a current student, interested in going to school for the first time, returning to school to increase your education, interested in obtaining your GED, or in obtaining a CDL License, review the information below before watching the WIOA Overview Session.


Please use the following questions to help determine if this program will be a good fit for you before watching the Overview Session.

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 find yours, go to: 

2. What are the initial eligibility factors for Adult & Dislocated Worker (DW) WIOA funding? Does my total household income for six months qualify?

Adult / DW Initial Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be 18 Years of Age

  • Right to Work

  • Registered for Selective Service       

  • Attending an Approved Program & Provider

  • Be one of the following:

  • Dislocated Worker:

    • is separated from employment due to no fault of your own

    • is eligible for or has exhausted unemployment insurance

    • has been attached to the workforce but doesn’t qualify for unemployment insurance due to insufficient earnings

    • is a displaced homemaker

    • was self-employed but is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions.

  • Be unemployed and meet the low-income definition OR self-sufficiency guidelines

  • Be underemployed and meet one of the following criteria:  

  1. ​​​Are employed less than full-time and are seeking full-time employment and meet the self-sufficiency guidelines

  2. Are employed in a position not commensurate with the individual’s demonstrated level of educational attainment and skills  and meet the self-sufficiency guidelines 

  3. Are working full time and meet the definition of a low-income individual

  4. Are employed, but whose current job earnings are not sufficient compared to their previous earnings and meet the self-sufficiency guidelines

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

If yes, please visit the WSGM’s youth page for more information:

4. Is my training program and school funded by WSGMs?

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

5. Do you have a degree,  certification, or training in a high growth area?

A case-by-case determination will be made in the marketability of a prior degree or certificate. If applicant has a current marketable skill, training must be in a field to increase education or employability.

Customers who have received non-WIOA funded training (within 2 years or less) will be reviewed by a case manager to determine if WIOA assistance can be provided.

6. 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.

7. What are the qualifications for help with my GED?

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

8. Would you like to print out this information for further review?

Please review the WSGMs information packet. If you have further questions please contact our office at 770.538.2727.

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

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


Chris Highland at or call 770.538.2732

Catherine Allen at or call 770.538.2728

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