"A Community Action Agency"

Serving Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac Pope, Pulaski, and Union Counties in Illinois

Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

The Workforce Investment Act program is a Federally funded program whose purpose is to consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States.  WIA sponsors a variety of classroom and on-the-job training programs through selected training service providers. The program serves adults, dislocated workers, and youth in Alexander, Johnson, Massac, Pulaski and Union Counties.  Eligible applicants may receive services including tuition and book payments for approved training programs and supportive services such as child care, travel reimbursement, purchase of uniforms and tools, or other services necessary for program participation. 

The Youth Program serves young persons 14 – 21 years of age and is divided into two segments, in-school youth and out-of-school youth.  The In-School Youth Program serves low-income youth who are enrolled in secondary school, are basic skills deficient or score below 8.9 in reading and/or math assessment, and who have additional barriers to employment including but not limited to being a teen parent, an offender, a foster child or a youth with a documented disability.   Shawnee Development Council, Inc. contracts with the Regional Office of Education 02 to provide activities to program participants. 

The Out-of-School Youth Program is for young people up to age 21 who are no longer attending any secondary educational facility and includes drop-outs or graduates who need additional assistance to obtain or retain employment.   SDC provides appropriate activities to youth enrolled in this component. 

The Adult Program serves individuals 18 years old and up.  The program assists individuals in obtaining the training necessary to secure employment and also provides on-the-job training contract services to businesses.  Applicants must be willing to actively seek employment to participate in the program. Click here to open a brochure in pdf format  about adult training.

The Dislocated Worker program assists individuals who have been laid-off from their jobs obtain the training necessary to re-enter the job market.  This program also provides classroom training and on-the-job training.  Services are also available to “Displaced Homemakers” who have been unemployed and dependent on the income of another but are no longer supported by that income.  In addition to spouses of dislocated workers, this also can include those affected by divorce or death of the working spouse.  Click here to to open a brochure in pdf format on dislocated worker and displaced homemaker programs.

W.I.A. is a partner in the Cairo, IL, Employment & Training Center located at 2207 Poplar Street in Cairo .  A staff person is available in the I.E.T.C. Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.  A computer lab with Internet access and business machines are available for job search, résumé preparation, connection to Illinois Skills Match, filing unemployment insurance claims online with I.D.E.S. and more.  Services are available at no charge to job seekers, employers and the community. 

Trade Adjustment Assistance - TAA

The W.I.A. program partners with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Department of Employment Security, and the US Department of Labor in the administration of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (T.A.A.) program.  T.A.A. is a Federally funded program established to assist workers who have become unemployed (or whose hours of work and wages are reduced) as a result of increased imports from, or shifts of production to a foreign country.  A variety of additional dislocated worker services are available to eligible individuals.  These services may include but are not limited to:  income support, job retraining, out-of-area job search allowances, relocation assistance, Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance, Health Care Tax Credit, and wrap around services from other funds.

Useful WIA links:   Illinois Skills Match for job search assistance.

                                   Illinois workNet for employment related resources and services.

                                   Search for WIA certified training programs.


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