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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) is a federally funded program that eligible adults and dislocated workers into the workforce through training and/or education.

To be eligible for the program a person must be

  • 18 year of age or older
  • A resident of the 15 counties of Northwest Georgia service area (Floyd, Bartow, Polk, Paulding, Haralson, Pickens, Gordon, Chattooga, Gilmer, Murray, Whitfield, Walker, Catoosa, Fannin, and Dade)
  • A dislocated work (unemployed or laid off due to lack of work, company closing, downsizing, etc)


  • Displaced Homemaker (loss of spouse due to death or divorce)


  • Low-income which is categorized by receiving public assistance (food stamps, TANF, etc) or income to family size ratio falls within guidelines.


Programs That WIOA covers at Georgia Highlands College:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration (2 and 4-year programs)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dental Hygiene (last two years)
  • Human Services
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing (last two years)
  • Psychology
  • Teacher Education


WIOA could also cover the following programs if two or more students are interested:

  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Computer information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Physics
  • Sociology


WIOA Application and other WIOA forms:

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Applicant Portal


If interested, please contact:

Megan Conner
WIOA Career Coordinator
Kyle Wheeless
WIOA Coordinator Assistant