Valley Workforce Centers

Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act (WIOA)

Valley Workforce Centers offer free services for anyone needing assistance with a job search, as well as training and education funds for eligible individuals seeking training and employment. Case managers located throughout the Shenandoah Valley implement the Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act (WIOA) for those individuals who are unable to find employment on their own. If you are low-income, underemployed, laid off from your previous employment, or a youth (14-24 years old) with a barrier to employment, you may be eligible for services to pay for training and education so you can acquire additional skills that lead to employment.

Access WIA Services

  • Contact your local Valley Workforce Center (see below).
  • Sign up to attend a WIOA Information Workshop – schedule varies by center, so call to find out when the next workshop will be held.
  • It is helpful to bring the following eligibility documents to the WIOA Information Workshop:
    • Citizenship – birth certificate or driver’s license
    • Income – pay stubs or unemployment records
    • Selective Service – for males born after 1959
    • Employment Status – layoff letter or unemployment documentation
  • Make an appointment at the information workshop to meet with a Case Manager to develop your Individualized Employment Plan.

Valley Workforce Centers

Staunton   

1600 N. Coalter Street, Suite 12
Staunton, VA 24401
(540) 887-9895

Harrisonburg

160 North Mason Street
P. O. Box 869
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
(540) 433-4864

Frequently Asked Questions about WIOA Financial Assistance

Q. What course/program do I have to take to be eligible?
A. WIOA funding can be used for workforce training that leads to a certificate or credential in a career that is in demand in this area.

Q. What’s the application deadline?
A. Since the enrollment process varies in length, we suggest contacting your local Valley Workforce Center as soon as possible.

Q. Where do I register for my class(es)?
A. Blue Ridge Community College Continuing Education (540/453-2215)

Q: Do I have to pay back any money I receive?
A: No, this is a federally-funded grant program, not a loan.