Use Your WIA Grant for Professional Development
If you find yourself unemployed as a result of a company lay-off, bankruptcy, or closure due to NAFTA, you may qualify for federal funding to return to the classroom. Under the Workforce Investment Act, or WIA, you may apply for a grant from your local WorkNet office to take courses at one of NIU’s convenient locations in the northern Illinois region.
Stop by or call your local WorkNet Center to make an appointment with a career counselor. To find the office closest to you, go to www.illinoisworknet.com. (You may have already been to the office to apply for unemployment insurance – these Worknet Centers are ‘one-stop’ shops for unemployment benefits, education & training and other services). The on-site career counselors can help you to begin the application process and determine the amount of your grant. Once you have been awarded a training voucher, you may enroll in one of NIU’s state-approved programs.
- Click here for a list of programs.
- For non-degree programs, such as test preparation courses and on-line professional development, you do not need to formally apply to the university. If you are seeking a bachelor’s or master’s degree, you must apply to the university and meet all criteria for admission to your desired program. To apply to NIU go to http://www.niu.edu/apply.
- Questions? Email Cathy Cradduck with your questions and find out what NIU can do for you. Remember – this process takes time and is a coordinated effort between the university, the local Illinois WorkNet Centers and you.