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WIOA Funding

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Cal State San Marcos Extended Learning is an approved education provider for federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding. Many programs are fully funded for those individuals who are currently in transition, registered at a local San Diego County America‚Äôs Career Center or SW Riverside County Workforce Development Center and meet eligibility requirements. Visit the Cal Jobs webpage for the latest list of approved programs, and follow the link for Job Seekers, or see the current list on this page.

What is the Workforce Investment Act (WIOA)?

The Workforce Investment Act (WIOA) is a federally funded training and job program that creates a new approach, providing workforce investment activities through statewide and local systems. Authorized workforce investment activities provided at the local level benefit job seekers, dislocated workers, youth, foster care participants, incumbent workers, new entrants to the workforce, veterans, persons with disabilities, and employers. These activities promote an increase in employment, job retention, earnings, and occupational skill attainment by participants. This outcome improves the quality of the workforce, reduces welfare dependency, and enhances the productivity and competitiveness of the nation. 

Who Qualifies for WIOA Funding?

Many people can qualify for WIOA grants. Workforce funding is generally budgeted into Adult, Dislocated Worker, Older Youth and Younger Youth categories. The majority of funding is budgeted toward adult and dislocated workers whose current job skills are out of date or will be soon. Clients seek training to update current skills or learn skills for a new career if his or her current occupation is not in demand.  

Which Programs Are Eligible for WIOA Funding?

The programs currently approved for WIOA funding are listed below. New programs are added regularly, so check back for updates. 

How Do I Apply for WIOA Funding?

1) Start at your local Career Center and meet with a counselor.


County of Riverside Economic Development Agency:

  1. Apply for funding.
  2. If all criteria are met, you will be given a TRAINING AGREEMENT

2)  Once you have the TRAINING AGREEMENT from the career counselor, contact CSUSM to schedule a 20-30 minute appointment on-campus, to complete your training agreement and get you registered. 

What to bring to your appointment?

  • RESEARCH PAPER from the career counselor.
  • Counselor contact information (name, location, email, and phone number)
  • Any research you have already done on your program of interest.
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3) Once you have met with a CSUSM representative and completed the TRAINING AGREEMENT, you will return it to your career counselor.  

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