Adult Employment and Training Programs


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The Adult Employment and Training Programs provide various opportunities for adults ages 18 and older who are unemployed, or underemployed, seeking assistance with a new direction or enhanced direction in a career path. The opportunities for education, training and work-based learning through several activities, services and programs which can assist adults with being fully equipped to reenter the workforce.

As you may be eligible for other programs provided through the Adult Employment and Training programs, please do not hesitate to call (970) 400-6792 to determine what might be the best fit for you!

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Adult & Dislocated Worker Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Programs (WIOA)

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act provides unemployed, or underemployed individuals, ages 18 and older with intensive case management which might include:

  • Career Counseling
  • Resume Writing Assistance or Workshop Referrals
  • Intensive Job Search
  • Assessment Testing and Interpretation
  • Labor Market Information Exploration
  • Potential Short-term Training Opportunities
  • Work Experience, On-the-Job Training or Registered Apprenticeship Opportunities
  • Follow-up Services
  • Supportive Services
  • Occupational Skills Training

To be eligible for the WIOA Adult Program, you must be:

  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Between the ages of 18 and 72
  • Eligible to work within the United States

Applicants may also need to meet at least one of the following categories:

  • Recipient of Public Assistance
  • Low-income individual (including underemployed)
  • Basic skills deficient
  • Displaced homemaker
  • Eligible Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker
  • Ex-offender
  • Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians
  • Individuals with a disability
  • Individuals who face substantial cultural barriers
  • Long-term unemployed individuals (27 or more consecutive weeks)
  • Older individuals (age 55 and older)
  • Single parents (including single pregnant women)

To be eligible for the WIOA Dislocated Worker Program, you must be:

  • Recently laid off or terminated, received a notice of termination or layoff from employment, and eligible for or has exhausted entitlement to unemployment compensation; or
  • Self-employed but is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions in the community or because of natural disasters; or
  • Is Unemployment Insurance profiled through the RESEA program; or
  • Is a displaced homemaker; or
  • Is the spouse of a member of the Armed forces on active duty; or
  • Call (970) 400-6792 to determine if you can be eligible under other circumstances.

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)

  • Trade Adjustment Assistance, or TAA, is a federal program established under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 that provides aid to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports.  The TAA program offers a variety of benefits and reemployment services to help unemployed workers prepare for and obtain suitable employment. Workers may be eligible for training, job search and relocation allowances, income support, and other reemployment services.  
  • If you, or someone you know, has lost their job due to the above circumstances, please call (970) 400-6792 to get in contact with an Adult Employment and Training Case Manager today!

Discretionary Grants

National Emergency Grants

In response to the economic shock and employment impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, two National Emergency Grants were created to help eligible job seekers with temporary disaster-relief employment or training for those who want to pursue a different career path.

The COResponds grant provides subsidized wages and fringe benefits for temporary jobs that provide humanitarian assistance or clean-up to help Colorado recover from the impact of COVID-19. Positions must be disaster-relief jobs that help stem the rise of COVID-19 and include actions to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity. Types of jobs may include contact tracers or temperature screeners, sanitation of schools and homeless shelters, meal delivery to the most vulnerable populations, and child care for disaster-relief first responders. Eligible participants include workers who have been temporarily or permanently laid off as a result of COVID-19, Dislocated Workers, long-term unemployed workers, and self-employed individuals who are unemployed or significantly underemployed as a result of COVID-19.

The RecoverCO grant provides career, training and employment services to Dislocated Workers with the goal of minimizing the employment and economic disruption on individuals whose jobs have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Services provided by the grant may include career services (including assessment of job seeker needs, developing an individual employment plan, career planning and counseling, and connections to work-based learning services), training services (including occupational training, skill upgrading and retraining, and entrepreneurial training), work-based learning services (such as work experience, registered apprenticeships and on-the-job training), supportive services to help job seekers obtain and retain employment (such as work attire, dependent care and transportation assistance) and more.

To learn more and to see if you qualify, call (970) 400-6792.

Improved Payments and Child Success Program (IMPACS)

The IMPACS program is intended to assist eligible parents paying child support, and their families, to overcome and minimize barriers to employment through supportive services and individualized case management to increase the number of child-support payments received, improve employment outcomes, and improve parent-child relationships.

Employment Services of Weld County is partnering with the Child Support Division within Department of Human Services to provide these services through the IMPACS grant. To learn more, you can contact Elizabeth Nash at (970) 400-6402.