WIOA funds available for local job-seekers at Kish College

A high-paying career is not out of reach. Kishwaukee College’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program is looking to help local students bolster their employment skills and find new career opportunities. The program offers out-of-school youth ages 16-24 years old an opportunity to participate in training that will assist them in obtaining employment.

The WIOA Program is a federally funded grant geared towards helping qualified individuals gain the professional skills necessary to learn a new career. Through the grant, Kish can offer up to $10,000 based on eligibility. Funding can go towards books, tuition, supplies, and other services to help with education. Mileage and child care reimbursement may also be available. Residents from the city of DeKalb may automatically qualify for the Youth Program due to the city’s overall poverty rate.

There is a list of more than 60 programs available at Kish covered by WIOA funding. Students can work towards a degree or certificate or enter the workforce right away with a short-term training program. Some popular programs include:

  • Basic Nurse Assisting
  • Google IT
  • Truck Driving Training
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • And many more

The support is not limited to the classroom. Students can gain real-world experience through job shadowing. And these connections give those seeking work an opportunity to impress employers. Kish offers career counseling and support and the ability to match job-seekers with local businesses based on their skillset.

To learn more about Kish’s WIOA Youth Program, contact Phylicia Hampton, WIOA Youth Coordinator, at 815-825-9384 or phampton1@kish.edu.