Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.

How do I get started?

McHenry County Workforce Network is the local administrator of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which serves eligible workers who need assistance with employment and training options. (Eligibility refers to federal grant regulations regarding economic status, barriers to employment and dislocation information.) For information about how to apply, go to www.mchenrycountyworkforce.com. Apply online, follow all directions included with the application process. (You must meet the criteria set forth by WIOA.) A Workforce Network eligibility coordinator will contact you.

A Workforce Network career planner will work with you to select the most appropriate training program for you. Your Workforce Network career planner will give you a new customer worksheet. Contact the WIOA Liaison at MCC at WIOAtraining@mchenry.edu to make a brief appointment once you've received your new customer worksheet.

How can MCC help me?

We will assist you with the MCC application process (if necessary), and provide information about placement tests, transcript requirements, orientations, and financial aid. We will also direct you to make an appointment with an academic advisor who will complete an education action plan.

After registering for class, schedule an appointment with your Workforce Network career planner. You will receive a voucher, which needs to be faxed or emailed to the Registration Office. The voucher is the document which authorizes payment for your classes.

See approved training programs at MCC at the Illinois workNet

Search the Illinois workNet website

  1. Select Consumer Info (orange button)
  2. Select WIOA Approved Programs in center of page
  3. Scroll down to Start your Search
  4. Find the second box on the left Local Workforce Innovation Area
  5. Select the drop-down arrow and select LWIA 2
  6. Complete any other boxes you choose
  7. Select Search