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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a federal program that gives workers the chance to learn the skills and information needed to compete in the new economy. Under WIOA, training programs are certified as meeting certain standards.

Eligible Minnesotans can use federal WIOA funds to pay for training programs that are WIOA certified. WIOA certified training programs include registered apprenticeship programs with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Apprenticeship Unit.

Information for Individual Applicants

The goal of the training program is to secure specific employment rather than just increased employability. A training program that is WIOA certified has met or exceeded certain performance standards established by Minnesota's employment and training community.

Do You Qualify for WIOA?

Contact your local CareerForce Center to see if you qualify for WIOA training.

Information for Providers

The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) lists WIOA certified programs and courses on the Career and Education Explorer. You can verify that your program is certified there.

Minnesota State colleges and universities can contact the system office with questions about WIOA certifying their programs or courses. Other Minnesota providers should contact DEED.

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