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Are you unemployed?
Are you low-income?
Do you have state benefits? Including, but not limited to: state insurance, unemployment assistance, energy assistance?
You may qualify for Connecticut State Tuition Assistance through the Workplace.
There are 2 Programs we work with in the Stamford area
WIOA Tuition Assistance
The “Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act” or “WIOA” (which supersedes WIA), provides federal funds to states to help job seekers, workers, and businesses with career services, job training, and education.
Steps to apply for WIOA
- Fill out a financial assistance form so we can refer you over to them.
- Please collect the following items;
- Citizenship: Birth Certificate (if born in the US), US passport, Green Card or Naturalization Certificate.
- Social Security card: Yours only
- Family Size: this applies for nuclear family only (legally married and/or children 23 years old and younger) we would need a marriage certificate and birth certificates.
- Selective Service: MEN ONLY – visit www.sss.gov to verify registration
- Family Income: If currently employed, please submit at least 3 recent paystubs. If collecting unemployment, please submit unemployment payment history. If legally married and spouse is working, please provide the most recent paystubs. If none of this applies to you, please let us know.
- Food Stamps: If you are receiving or received food stamps during the past few months, please provide a letter from DSS or a budget sheet showing the eligibility period and grant amount. If your letter says pages 1 of 4, then you need to submit all 4 pages.
- Proof of address: you can provide either a driver’s license, utility bill or a government issued letter.
- Proof of highest grade completed: copy of either high school, GED or college – diploma or unofficial transcript.
- Resume – email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- CASAS Assessment – Someone will contact you to schedule either an on-site or remote assessment. Please note that if you have a college degree, you don’t have to take the CASAS assessment.
- Complete the Pre-Application for WIOA by following the step by step video below.
- Create a CT Hires profile by following the step by step video below.
- Email us at email@example.com once you completed all of these steps above and are ready to sign your contracts with WIOA.
Career Services Include
- job search assistance
- job market information
- job readiness
- career planning and counseling
- programs for non-English speakers
- individual employment plan
- financial aid information
- supportive services
- financial literacy
- outreach, intake, orientation
- labor exchange services
- performance, cost information
- initial and comprehensive assessment
- short term prevocational services
- work preparation and experience
- out of area job search
- career services
- follow up services
Job seekers can get job search, training, and support to succeed in the job market and increase wages.
How To Get Help
Contact an American Job Center and say you are interested in WIOA.
You will attend a WIOA orientation and eligibility meeting. Adults must have low incomes and lack job skills in demand now; or be a “dislocated worker” – you are laid off or have a layoff notice because of current economic situation (not leaving a job for personal reasons) and you need skills currently in demand.
WIA Frequently Asked Questions
CAN YOU GIVE ME AN OVERVIEW OF THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT (WIA) PROGRAM?
Workforce Investment Act scholarships are available to adults and dislocated workers who meet income and other guidelines, and who need training to be competitive in today’s workplace. Connecticut’s Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) lists available trainings, including classroom, correspondence, internet, broadcast and other apprenticeship programs.
For detailed information regarding the WIA Portfolio Building Process and requirements click here: American Job Center
HOW DO I APPLY FOR WIA FUNDING?
Prospective clients/students should first contact their nearest Connecticut Works Career Center, located in Stamford at 141 Franklin Street, 2nd Floor, Stamford, CT 06901, (203) 353-1702 or speak with a Department of Labor representative.
To find the American Job Center office nearest you, click here: Locations
HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR HELP?
There are many criteria used in deciding who qualifies for help, speak with a representative from the Connecticut Works Career Center or speak with an agent from the Department of Labor.
WHAT DO I DO WHEN I HAVE COMPLETED MY RESEARCH?
Speak with your WIA counselor who will advise you on how you should proceed.
WHAT DO I DO WHEN I HAVE CHOSEN A SCHOOL AND A PROGRAM TO PARTICIPATE IN?
Contact the WIA representative at the school offering the program and make an appointment to have your forms filled out by the program administrator (contact Daniel at Northeast Medical Institute by calling 203-391-6766 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You will return the completed forms to your WIA counselor for approval. Once you have decided on the program you want, apply to Northeast Medical Institute LLC and complete the specific program requirements.
WHAT DO I DO ONCE I HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY WIA TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM AND HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED BY NORTHEAST MEDICAL INSTITUTE LLC?
Contact Northeast Medical Institute to schedule a start date.
WHAT DO I DO IF I CANNOT START THE PROGRAM?
You should notify the school program administrator and your WIA counselor immediately and explain why you are unable to start class.
The WorkPlace is dedicated to helping youth become valuable and self-reliant members of the community by offering skills training as well as job search and placement services. The WorkPlace also provides a platform for innovative partnerships between employers and school systems which seek to combat youth unemployment and promote career exploration for young adults living in Southwestern Connecticut.
YouthWorks helps local youth ages 16 to 24 choose a career, prepare for the career, and become valuable and self-reliant members of the community. YouthWorks tailors its services to meet the needs and goals of each youth.
Youth eligible for the program come from low-income families and face barriers to economic self-sufficiency such as deficiencies in basic literacy skills, no high school diploma or GED, a criminal record, are homeless or life as a foster child.
Services offered include: career coaching, occupational training, job search assistance, life management training, entrepreneurial skills and administrative skills. Comprehensive counseling and guidance is offered for at least 12 months by YouthWorks specialists. Occupational training leads to industry recognized credentials and employment in high growth occupations. Assistance with the GED exam is also offered.Apply Online