Georgia Highlands College       
       Georgia Highlands College Home | Contacts | Site Map | Library  

Academic Advising Guide>Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Program Information




This document is for information ONLY. 

Refer ALL questions, to WIA Career Advisor, GHC Counseling and Career Services at 706-265-6336  

Eligibility requirements (you may qualify for WIA and not be approved for assistance since  WIA is not an entitlement program)

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Be a US citizen or Resident Alien

  • Must live or have worked (if dislocated) in the 15 county Northwest Georgia region.

  • Must meet one of the following criteria: 

          --Dislocated worker--terminated/laid off with UI benefits

          --Displaced homemaker

          --Receive public assistance

          --Family income falls within WIA low income guidelines


Program requirements @ Georgia Highlands College     

  • Enroll in an approved WIA program at GHC (Generic RN, Dental Hygiene, Human Services, some programs with Coosa Valley Technical College and North Metro Technical College)

  • Maintain contact with WIA Career Advisor by providing semester updates

  • Register for full time (12 hours) status at GHC

  • Successfully complete all learning support requirements, if needed

  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA

  • Complete training within permitted time frame (2-3 years)

  • Attend 3 hours of class per day

  • Maintain class attendance time sheets to receive weekly transportation and child care payments

  • Gain employment immediately after current training and degree/certificate

  • Maintain contact with and provide employment/wage information to WIA Career Advisor during first year of employment

Non Georgia Highlands College Programs (truck driving, CNA, lineman school, etc.)

  • Enroll fulltime in the approved WIA program

  • Complete training in permitted time frame

  • Gain full-time employment immediately following training 

  • Maintain contact with Career Advisor for one year after completion

General information

 WIA funding is the final funding source after HOPE, other scholarship sources, or grants (such as SEOG, LEAP, or Pell).  WIA covers tuition, required fees, books, approved program supplies, tools, transportation, child care expenses (12 years or younger and verification of paid care required) not covered by other forms of aid.  Required training supplies, tools, and other program requirements must be purchased by the student and signed receipts for reimbursement must be submitted within a specified time frame. 

WIA training is contingent on the availability of funds.





 About Georgia Highlands College | Academics | Current Students
 Campus Life | Community Outreach | Faculty and Staff