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Eligibility Information For Individualized Career & Training Services

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program is federally funded and designed to assist dislocated workers or financially eligible individuals with intensive job search and/or training services. To participate in WIOA services you must meet eligibility and program requirements.

To learn more about the employment and training services available at PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley, please visit our virtual Welcome Center and watch the introductory video. Upon completion of the orientation form, a staff member will contact you with next steps.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Eligibility


(Required Documentation:  Proof of US citizenship or eligibility to work status, current address, Social Security number, and, if applicable, verification of Selective Service Registration)

  • You must be a US Citizen or eligible to work in the United States
  • You must be a resident of either Lehigh or Northampton County  (If you reside outside of this area, you will need to contact your local PA CareerLink® office.)
  • You must have a Social Security number
  • You must complete your PA CareerLink® enrollment including your online resume, Civil Rights Statement, and job preferences
  • If you are a male born on or after January 1, 1960, you must be registered for Selective Service
  • You must be either a dislocated worker or be income eligible  

What makes me a dislocated worker?  (Required Documentation:  Letter of permanent layoff from company, if applicable, Proof of eligibility to receive Unemployment Compensation, pay stub indicating part-time hours, if working)

  • You were permanently laid off from a job no more than three years prior to your WIOA registration date or have received notice of a layoff (Staffing services assignments must have been 6 months or longer to qualify)
  • You are eligible to collect or have exhausted your Unemployment Compensation benefits
  • You are working 28 hours or less per week and your current gross weekly wages are 80% or less than your gross weekly wages from your job of dislocation 
  • You are not working at a job that is similar to the position from which you were laid off

What makes my income eligible?  (Required Documentation:  Proof of gross income for all family members for the last 26 weeks, Public Assistance and/or SSI award letter, documentation of disability)

  • You meet the Total Gross Family Income Guideline for the number of people in your family
    or
  • You or your family/household member receives or in the last 6 months received TANF, SNAP or SSI
    or
  •  Your child is eligible to receive free or reduced price lunch under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act
    or
  • You are a person with a documented disability and meet the Total Gross Family Income for a family of one
Total Number in Family Total Gross Family Income for the Last 6 and 1/2 Months (26 Weeks)
(Do Not Include Unemployment Compensation, Cash Public Assistance or Child Support)
Individualized Career and Training Services – ADULT ONLY (effective 1/14/2020)
1at or below $16,460
2at or below $22,239
3at or below $28,018
4at or below $33,798
5at or below $39,577
6at or below $45,356
7at or below $51,135
8at or below $56,914

LOCAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • You must have a High School diploma or GED at the start of your training program 
  • You must not have marketable or in-demand skills to be considered for training
  • You must request training in a High Priority Occupation within a Lehigh Valley Targeted Industry Cluster
  • You must obtain the minimum WorkKeys® scores aligned with your occupational choice
  • You must meet the training provider’s entrance requirements
  • You must complete training within 24 months from the start date of WIOA funding
  • You must be seeking full-time training related employment after training completion

Click here to access the virtual WIOA Information Session.