Workforce Investment ActAvailable Services Eligible adults must be age 18 or older. While eligible laid-off workers are generally individuals who have been terminated from their last employment and are unlikely to return to their previous industry or occupation, displaced homemakers and self-employed individuals also may qualify for these services. Adult and laid-off worker services are provided through locally-based America’s Job Center of California (AJCC), formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers. Comprehensive Job Centers provide access to a full range of services pertaining to employment, training and education, employer assistance, and guidance for obtaining other assistance. While WIA requires Job Centers to provide specific services, local areas may design programs and provide services that reflect the unique needs of their area. Job Centers use varied strategies in providing the appropriate services to meet the needs of their customers. Core Services Are available and include, in part, labor market information, initial assessment of skill levels, and job search and placement assistance. Intensive Services Are available to eligible unemployed individuals who have completed at least one core service, but have not been able to obtain employment, or employed individuals needing additional services to obtain or keep employment that will lead to personal self-sufficiency. Training Services Are available to eligible individuals who have met the requirements for intensive services and have not been able to obtain or keep employment. Individual Training Accounts are established to finance training based upon the individual’s choice of selected training programs. Administration of WIA The Governor has appointed a State Workforce Investment Board (WIB) consisting primarily of representatives from businesses, labor organizations, educational institutions, and community organizations. The State WIB assists the Governor in designing a statewide plan and establishing appropriate program policy.The 49 Local Workforce Investment Areas (LWIAs) administer WIA services as designated by the Governor. Factors that are considered in designating these LWIAs include geographic location, population, and commonality of labor market areas. The Chief Elected Official (CEO) of each LWIA appoints a Local WIB with a local membership similar to the State WIB. The Local WIB develops and submits a local area plan to the Governor, appoints local Job Center operators, and selects eligible organizations to provide services for youth and adults. In cooperation with the CEO, the Local WIB appoints a Youth Council that will help establish youth policy for local education and job training. Benefits of WIA The activities provided by WIA at the local level offer a variety of benefits to both program participants and the communities in which they reside:* Job Seekers * Universal access to job search and labor market information * Advice, counseling, and support * Education and skills training * Individual choice of service * Youth * Basic skills assessment * Resources and guidance help to attain educational goals * Leadership development opportunities * Exposure to work environment through training and adult mentoring * Employers * Influence over local area employment policy * Improved and trained employee pool * Development of on-the-job and customized training opportunities * Assistance for laid-off workers * Community * Access to local area job market information * Improved workforce quality * Services designed for local area needs * Reduced need for welfare Employment Training Panel The Employment Training Panel (ETP) grants funding to employers to lend a hand in upgrading the skills of their employees through training that leads to good paying, long-term jobs. The ETP was created in 1982 by the California State Legislature and is funded by California employers through a special payroll tax. The ETP is a funding agency, not a training agency. Businesses conclude their own training needs and how to provide training. ETP staff is available to assist in applying for funds and other aspects of participation.Training Methods ClassroomClassroom training, aka "Class", is instruction in a classroom setting, provided to a group of trainees, and conducted by a qualified instructor.LaboratoryLaboratory training, aka "Lab", is hands-on instruction or skill acquisition under the constant and direct guidance of a qualified trainer. Laboratory training may require the use of specialized equipment or facilities. Laboratory training may be conducted in a simulated work setting, or at a productive work settingElectronic Delivery TrainingElectronic Delivery Training falls into three categories:* Computer-Based-Training aka CBT - is training delivered through a computer program at a pace set by the trainee. There is no requirement for delivery by a live trainer and training does not have to be interactive.* Video Conference - is training that is live, interactive instruction provided by a trainer through a video communications session.* E-Learning - is instruction delivered by a live trainer through a web-based system, conducted in a virtual environment utilizing web meeting/webinar Eligible Entities ETP can contract directly with the following entities:Under its core program, ETP can only fund training for employers that are subject to paying the Employment Training Tax. The core-funded ETP Program is supported by this tax.Single Employers subject to the Unemployment Insurance tax and having a California Employer Account Number (CEAN) with a prefix of 699 or lower;Groups of Employers, including Chambers of Commerce, Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees, Trade Associations or Economic Development Corporations; GI Bill / Veterans The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides education benefits for service members who have served on active duty for 90 or more days since Sept. 10, 2001. The Post-9/11 GI Bill can pay your full tuition & fees at school, provide you with a monthly housing allowance while you are going to school, and give you up to $1,000 a year to use for books and supplies.If you live in the middle of nowhere the Post-9/11 GI Bill will even provide you with a one-time relocation allowance to move to where your school is located.Another provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows eligible service members to transfer their unused benefits to family members.You can use your Post-9/11 GI Bill for college and many other types of training. See our list of all the covered learning programs.Post-9/11 benefit payments are tiered based on the amount of creditable active-duty service you have since Sept. 10, 2001.Basic Eligibility Criteria for Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits At a minimum, you must have served at least 30 days of continuous active duty service after September 10, 2001 and be discharged due to a service-connected disability, or served an aggregate of 90 days of active duty service after September 10, 2001 and received an honorable discharge.. For Reservists and Guard members the following active duty qualifies for Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility:* All Title 10 active duty supporting named contingency operations* Title 32 service for the purpose of organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing, or training the National Guard* Title 32 service under section 502(f) for the purpose of responding to a national emergency* All voluntary active duty, with the exception of active duty for medical care and medical evaluation Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefit Tiers Your Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition and housing allowance payments are based on the amount of creditable active-duty service after Sept. 10, 2001. If you are discharged for disability after at least 30 days of active duty you automatically receive the 100% benefit tier. Active duty time for the Post-9/11 GI Bill can also include Title 10 mobilizations and some title 32 duty for reservists & guard members. Tuition and Fees VA will pay your tuition & fee payments directly to the school. Tuition payments are based on the amount of creditable active-duty service after Sept. 10, 2001.For example, if you have 24 months active duty after September 10, 2001 your GI Bill benefit tier percentage is 80%. If you are attending a public school with tuition of $10,000 per semester, 80% of your tuition and fees or $8,000 would be paid by the Post-9/11 GI Bill.The GI Bill can pay up to the full resident tuition at any public school, if you are qualified to receive benefits at the 100% rate based on your active service shown above.. Effective January 1, 2016 public schools will have to offer resident tuition to all Veterans who have been out of the military for less than 3 years, and their dependents using transferred benefits. If you are attending a private or foreign school, the VA will pay you an annual maximum of $21,084.89. Monthly Housing Allowance The Post-9/11 GI Bill also pays a Monthly Housing Allowance based on the ZIP code of the location of the school you are attending - not your home ZIP code. This stipend currently averages $1,566 a month, but can exceed $2,700 depending on where you go to school. Students taking 100% of their courses online are eligible for a monthly stipend equal to half of the national average stipend, which is currently $783.00. Housing allowance payments are based on the amount of creditable active-duty service after Sept. 10, 2001.For example, if you have 24 months active duty after September 10, 2001 your GI Bill benefit tier percentage is 80%. If you are attending a school which has a Monthly Housing Allowance of $1000/month you would receive 80% of your housing allowance or $800/month.This stipend is based on the DoD's Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. This stipend does not require students to live on campus. Book and Supply Stipend You may receive an annual book stipend of up to $1,000/year with the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This stipend will be paid at the beginning of each term. It is paid proportionately based on the number of credits taken by each student at $41 per credit hour. Yellow Ribbon Program The Post-9/11 GI Bill also includes a provision to help students avoid some or all of the out-of-pocket tuition and fees associated with education programs that may exceed the Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit. The Yellow Ribbon Program is not automatic; schools must enter into an agreement with the VA to share the expense.To qualify to receive the Yellow Ribbon benefits you must meet the following criteria:Qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 100% benefit tierBe attending an approved Institute of Higher Learning in the U.S. One-Time Relocation Allowance You may also receive a one-time rural relocation benefit payment of $500.00 to help cover the cost of relocating from a rural location to attend school.To qualify you must:Be an otherwise eligible veteran.Reside in a county with 6 persons or less per square mile (as determined by the most recent decennial census) and:Either physically relocate at least 500 miles to attend an educational institution - or -Travel by air to physically attend an educational institution if no other land-based transportation exists. Benefit Transferability The Department of Defense (DoD) is authorized to allow individuals who, on or after August 1, 2009, have served at least 6 years in the Armed Forces and who agree to serve at least another 4 years in the Armed Forces to transfer unused entitlement to their Spouse. The Department of Defense may, by regulation, impose additional eligibility requirements and limit the number of months transferable to not less than 18 months. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Public Health System (PHS) personnel are also eligible to transfer their entitlement to eligible dependents.NOTE: The ability to transfer benefits is limited to those currently serving in the military.