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W.I.A. Programs

The federal Workforce Investment Act (W.I.A.) offers a comprehensive range of workforce development activities through statewide and local organizations.

Who can benefit from W.I.A.?

CLC offers programs that are certified to provide education and training to adults and dislocated workers who have been awarded vouchers under W.I.A., these may include:

  • Job Seekers
  • Laid-off Workers
  • Youth
  • Incumbent Workers
  • New Entrants to the Workforce
  • Veterans
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Employers

W.I.A. Eligibility

To find out if you are eligible for a W.I.A. voucher, follow these steps:

  1. Attend an information session at either the Grayslake or Waukegan Job Center. See the Information Sessions flier on the Lake County Job Center Publications webpage for info session dates.
  2. Meet with a case manager at the Job Center of Lake County to determine your eligibility.
  3. Decide which W.I.A. approved program you would like to pursue.
  4. Contact Counseling Services and meet with a CLC counselor.
    • Please be sure to mention that you are being referred from a Workforce or Job Center for job retraining and hope to use job retraining funds such as WIA or TAA. They will then help you answer any questions and will fill out your student letter of intent form.
  5. Take the completed copy of your student letter of intent form to your case manager.

For more information, or to learn if you qualify, contact the Job Center of Lake County.

The Purpose of W.I.A.

The purpose of these activities is to promote an increase in the employment, job retention, earnings, and occupational skills improvement by participants. This, in turn, improves the quality of the workforce, reduces welfare dependency, and improves the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.


W.I.A. Approved Programs at CLC
Training Program
Program (Total Hours)
Primary Outcome of Program
Addiction Counseling & Treatment Certificate
31
Certificate of Completion
Addiction Counseling & Treatment AAS
68-69
Associate Degree
Architectural Technology AAS
65
Associate Degree
Automotive Brakes and Suspension Specialist Certificate
14
Certificate of Completion
Automotive Collision Repair Certificate
23
Certificate of Completion
Automotive Collision Repair Technician AAS
60
Associate Degree
Automotive Damage Analysis Certificate
14
Certificate of Completion
Automotive Electrical Specialist Certificate
14
Certificate of Completion
Automotive Fuel Systems Specialist Certificate
14
Certificate of Completion
Automotive Oil Change Specialist Certificate
14
Certificate of Completion
Automotive Service Refinishing Technician Certificate
22
Certificate of Completion
Automotive Structural Repair Technician Certificate
23
Certificate of Completion
Automotive Technology - Under Hood Technician AAS
67
Associate Degree
Automotive Technology - Under Hood Technician Certificate
50
Certificate of Completion
Automotive Technology - Under the Car Technician AAS
61
Associate Degree
Automotive Technology - Under the Car Technician Certificate
30
Certificate of Completion
Automotive Transmission Specialist Certificate
14
Certificate of Completion
Automotive Transmission Technician Certificate
35
Certificate of Completion
Basic Machining Certificate
 15 Certificate of Completion
Civil and Environmental Technology AAS
65
Associate Degree
CNC - Computerized Numerical Control AAS
64-65
License
CNC - Computerized Numerical Control Operations Certificate
15
Certificate of Completion
CNC - Computerized Numerical Control Programing/Operations Certificate
30
Certificate of Completion
Commercial Refrigeration Technician Certificates
14
Certificate of Completion
Computed Tomography Certificate
16
Certificate of Completion
Construction Management Technology AAS
63-67
Associate Degree
Construction Management Technology Certificate
23-26
Certificate of Completion
Criminal Justice Certificate
30
Certificate of Completion
Dental Hygiene AAS
79
License
Digital A/V Production and Editing AAS
63
Associate Degree
Digital Media and Design AAS
66
Associate Degree
Early Childhood Education AAS
61-65
Associate Degree
Electrical Engineering Technology AAS
 71 Associate Degree 
Electrical Troubleshooting Technician
14
Certificate of Completion
Electrical/Electronic Maintenance Certificate
31
Certificate of Completion
Fire Science Technology AAS
60
Associate Degree
Gas Metal Arc Welding
18
Certificate of Completion
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
18
Certificate of Completion
Health Information Technology AAS
66
Associate Degree
Healthcare Office Assistant Certificate
 7 Certificate of Completion
Home Inspection Certificate
 4 Certificate of Completion 
Human Services Adult Services AAS
64
Associate Degree
Human Services Certificate
31
Certificate of Completion
HVAC Light Commercial Certificate
33
Certificate of Completion
Industrial Refrigeration Certificate
 33 Certificate of Completion 
Industrial Refrigeration AAS
 66 Associate Degree 
Landscape Construction and Maintenance AAS
 63 Associate Degree 
Landscape Design AAS
 63 Associate Degree 
Landscape Maintenance Certificate
 18-19 Certificate of Completion
Lasers, Photonics and Optics Certificate
16
Certificate of Completion
Library Public Services AAS
 61 Associate Degree
Library Technical Assistant Program Certificate
30-31
Certificate of Completion
Machine Tool Trades AAS
65
Certificate of Completion
Machine Tool Trades - Phase II Certificate
35
Certificate of Completion
Machine Tool Trade - Tool and Mold Maker - Phase III Certificate
50
Certificate of Completion
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate
 15 Certificate of Completion 
Mechanical Engineering Technology AAS
68-69
Associate Degree
Mechantronics Technology Certificate
 30 Certificate of Completion 
Medical Assisting AAS
60-64  Associate Degree
Medical Assisting Certificate
36-40
Certificate of Completion
Medical Billing Specialist Certificate
20-24
Certificate of Completion
Medical Imaging AAS
72
Associate Degree
Multimedia Communications Certificate
36
Certificate of Completion
Multimedia Presentations Certificate  15 Certificate of Completion 
Natural Areas Management AAS
63  Associate Degree 
Nursing AAS
64
Associate Degree
Nursing - Certified Nurses Assistant Certificate
7
Certificate of Completion
Phlebotomy Technician Certificate
6
Certificate of Completion
Project Management Certificate
3
Certificate of Completion
Industrial Refrigeration AAS
66
Associate Degree
Residential Air Conditioning Technician Certificate
14
Certificate of Completion
Residential Heating Technician Certificate
14
Certificate of Completion
Security Officer Basic Training Certificate
1.5
Certificate of Completion
Security Officer Firearms Training Certificate
1.5
Certificate of Completion
Shielded Metal Arc Welding Certificate
21
Certificate of Completion
Surgical Technology Certificate
43-49
Certificate of Completion
Technical Communication Certificate
30
Certificate of Completion
Veterinary Assistant Training Certificate
7
Certificate of Completion